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les Randonneurs Mondiaux President's Letter # 4 March, 2001

Réal Préfontaine, President


Welcome to the first year of the new millennium and another active year for les Randonneurs Mondiaux. In 2000, two hundred and twelve randonneurs from 12 different countries completed a brevet of 1200 km or more. From the list of events scheduled for this year, this number will certainly be surpassed. In 2001 the cost of the RM medal/pin will be collected at the end of the year at the same time as the RM validation fee by the Treasurer, Bob Lepertel.

A.- les Randonneurs Mondiaux structure

In previous Letters mention was made of the objective to consolidate our various directives and governing rules in one document. The project is well underway and on schedule for completion of a working document by the end of 2001.

B.- les Randonneurs Mondiaux Jersey

This endeavor is directed by Don Briggs, the Vice President. Financial problems have delayed the project. Information on the cost and means of procurement are unfortunately not available as had been planned. Alternate sources of financing are being explored.

C.- International Super Randonneurs

Introduced in 1991, the ISR encourages randonneurs to participate in events in other than those in their own country. This program is coordinated by the Audax United Kingdom. Twenty-one randonneurs have now merited this award. For more information contact Sheila Simpson, 33 Hawk Green Road, Marple SK6 7HR, Britain. []

D.- News from members


By the time the March President's Letter is received, the Audax Australia (Melbourne) will have sponsored not only a 1200 km brevet, but also a 2001 km in 2001. Can we foresee a 2002 km in 2002?


A full series of Brevet Randonneurs Mondiaux is schedule. In addition with the endorsement of the Bulgaria Tourist Federation, plans have been formulated for a 1200 km brevet in 2001, from the capital of Sofia, to the city Varna on the Black Sea and return.


The British Columbia Randonneurs Cycling Club has established communications with Star Bike Japan to assist this country in organizing randonneur cycling in Japan.


The Audax Randonneur Allemagne have formalized an operation model for randonneurs activities all Germany. A brevet coordinator has been identified in each of the seven region now organizing Brevet Randonneurs Mondiaux.


Although, not yet an Associate Member of les Randonneurs Mondiaux, Japan has an active group of cyclists in the process of developing randonneur cycling. Their enthusiasm is supported by the organization of Star Bike Japan and by the editor of "Cycle Sports" magazine, Shinobu Miyauchi. Cycle Sports is also the sponsor of the Can-Am Challenge pin. The Can-Am Challenge was introduced in 2000, to recognize randonneurs who complete in the same year the Rocky Mountain 1200 km in Canada and the Boston Montreal Boston 1200 km in the USA. Eleven randonneurs from five different countries have now achieved this objective. Can we foresee Japanese randonneurs participating in these events in 2002?


"Around Ladoga Lake" June 22-23, 2001. The 1000 km brevet mentioned in the October Letter will not materialize, but a 600 km, with the option of extending the ride to 800 km is confirmed. More information is available from Andrey Hnannolainen (postal address: + ul. S.Kovalsevskoy 10-4-64, 195256 St. Petersburg, Russia. Telephone +7 (812) 328-3142. E-mail :

United States

American Randonneurs are enjoying a renaissance of randonneur cycling. Randonneurs USA (RUSA) continues to grow, having more than 1100 members. Over 143 events are scheduled for 2001. For the first time in the history of les RM, one country will host three 1200 km events in the same year, all three sanctioned by les Randonneurs Mondiaux. Each event promises terrific scenery, challenging climbs and excellent organization! Ride one, or go for 'the hat trick" and ride all three!

Les Randonneurs Mondiaux calendar for 2001

1.- Audax Australia, March 9 - 16, 2001
Riders have the choice of a 1000 km, a 1200 km or a 2001 km brevets. Contact: Alan Tonkin: [] []

2.- Sofia-Varna-Sofia'2001: (Cycling Club "Sinite kamani" Sliven, Bulgaria) June 21-24, 2001
Contact: Lazar Vladislavov, 2-B-15 Irechek, Silven 8800, Bulgaria Tele.: / Fax: ++359 44 37395 []

3.- Super Brevets Scandinavia, July 21 - 25, 2001
Contact: Johannes Kristiansen, Lynge Bygade 17, DK-3540 Lynge, Denmark Tele.: +45 48 18 77 71 []

4.- London-Edinburgh-London, July 21 - 25, 2001
Contact: Bernard Mawson, 64 Arklow Road, Intake, Doncaster, DN2 5LD, Britain []

5.- Gold Rush Randonnée (Davis Bike Club, California, USA), July 9 - 13, 2001
Contact: Daryn Dodge, 2618 Kline Ct., Davis, CA 95616, USA Tele.: 530 756-0186 [>] []

6.- Boston Montreal Boston ( Massachusetts, USA) August 16 - 19, 2001
Contact: Jennifer Wise, 10 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown, RI 02840, USA Tele.: 401 847-1715 [] []

7.- Colorado 1200 km Randonnée (Rocky Mountain Cycling Club, Col, USA) Sept. 7 - 10, 2001
Contact: John Lee Ellis, 2155 Dogwood Circle, Louisville, CO 80027, USA [] []