Iowa Randonneurs organizes Iowa's premier brevet cycling events, including a complete Super Randonneur series of 200, 300, 400 and 600km events, held in the Spring and early Summer, and some additional, domestically-sanctioned, events during the season.
These cycling events are not races, but are challenging long distance rides. 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 randonnee, which literally means a ramble. Brevets of 1200km or more are referred to as grand randonnees. Brevets can be enjoyed in their own right, and can also count towards qualification for the prestigious 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) grand randonnee event in France, and for others held throughout the world.
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 anciens (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.