PCH Randonneurs



NOTE:  While we are dealing with COVID-19 some of our prodedures and expectations will be different.  Please read the Pandemic Plan.

Preparing for the Ride

If you have never ridden a brevet before, or have never ridden with us, there are several things you can do to make your life and the ride organizer’s life a little easier. These suggestions are in addition to RUSA’s rules for riding brevets.

You must be a member of PCH Randonneurs to participate in any of our events.  You can join here.

Ride registration closes at noon two days before the ride starts (ie noon Thursday for a Saturday start) or sometimes earlier as noted in the ride listing. You must complete registration, including payment, before registration closes. This gives the ride organizer time to print customized waivers and brevet cards and reduces the amount of paperwork we have to handle at the start of the ride.  There is no day-of-event registration.

Starting in 2020 you will need to pay using Paypal at the time you register. At the start of the ride, you will sign the waiver and receive your personalized brevet card. 

If you are registered and find you cannot ride, please cancel online as soon as possible as a courtesy. You can do this by going to [My Rides] page on the [PCH on the Road] menu and clicking the orange Cancel button for the ride you wish to withdraw from.  If you give plenty of advance notice and have a valid reason, the ride organizer may refund your money at their discretion.

You should also download and print the route sheet before the ride. If it is offered in Excel format you can reformat it to suit your eyesight and preferences. The ride organizer will generally have copies, but it is better to bring your own.

Experienced randonneurs bring a sandwich sized Ziploc bag to protect their brevet card and receipts from rain, wind, and sweat.

Please arrive at the start of the ride with plenty of time before the ride starts in order to sign your waiver, get your brevet card, prepare your bike, etc.

Be ready to start at the designated time. Listen for the organizer’s last-minute announcements. Under no circumstances may you start before the ride organizer indicates the ride has started. However, you may start up to one hour later as long as you have your brevet card. Please notify the ride organizer in advance if you are going to be starting late and collecting your brevet card after the official start time. Please do us all a favor and do your best to be on time.

During the Ride

You are required to obey local traffic laws as well as RUSA rules for riders. Failure to do so are grounds for disqualification. Legally required reflectors and lights must be installed and in good working order on your bicycle prior to the ride start. Reflective clothing must be worn, and legal front and rear lights must be on when it is dark (i.e. sunset to sunrise, rain, and fog) even when riding in a group.

Pay attention to your brevet card. Make sure you reach every control while the control is open and write down answers, get receipts, or get signatures as required. Keep your receipts with your brevet card, preferably in a Ziploc bag. Do not lose receipts or your brevet card. Carry a pen or pencil with you and maybe a spare too. Experienced randonneurs enter their control arrival times on their brevet cards at each control instead of waiting for the end of the ride.

At the end of the Ride

The last control will normally be staffed. There will be someone there to congratulate you and to help you complete your brevet card, although it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure the paperwork is completed correctly. You will sign your brevet card and the volunteer will calculate your ride time and counter-sign the card.

We will then take your brevet card for our records and mail them back to you at the end of the year. We will post your results to the RUSA website within a few days of the event.

Please feel free to post any questions on our Google Group page.   You can also email the RBA.

Rides in our Club

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