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Welcome to Iowa Randonneurs!

The Iowa Randonneurs is one of a network of clubs throughout the USA and the world to offer brevets and comparable events. We typically offer a complete Super Randonneur series of 200, 300, 400 and 600km events, usually held in Spring and early Summer. In 2020, we plan to also offer a fall set of brevets (200km to 600km, including several new routes) and a return of the “Leaves and Lights” rides in October. All dates will include more than one distance option.

The origin of these events is in France and Italy at the turn of the 20th century, hence the French terminology. A brevet is sometimes also referred to as a randonnée, which literally means a ramble. Brevets of 1200km or more are referred to as grand randonnées. Brevets can be enjoyed in their own right, and can also count towards qualification for the prestigious 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) grand randonnée event in France, and for others held throughout the world. PBP qualifier brevets held in the United States are sanctioned and validated exclusively by Audax Club Parisien (ACP), through their agent, the Randonneurs USA (RUSA). Qualification for most 1200km grand randonnées requires completion of a Super Randonneur series (200-600K) by a particular date. Now is the time to start your training program, familiarize yourself with the brevet event format, and meet other experienced long distance riders and PBP veterans. If you enjoy the challenge of long distance cycling, we encourage you to come and ride our brevets, even if PBP is not in your future plans.

High Trestle Trail at Night

High Trestle Trail Bridge at night.