Great Lakes Ultra Cycling


Great Lakes Ultra Cycling

A group for any one interested in randonneuring, cyclotouring and long distance cycling

Members: 270
Latest Activity: Jun 16

Randonneuring Defined

Randonneuring: Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When riders participate in randonneuring events, they are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.

-From RUSA website

The next PBP is in 2011.

Discussion Forum

Great Lakes Ultra Cycling and Randonneurs 2023 Events posted!

Started by Michele Brougher Jan 25, 2023.

Great Lakes Randonneurs (plus new gravel rides!)

Started by Michele Brougher Feb 26, 2020.

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Comment by Ted Fay on November 20, 2022 at 4:47pm

Eric, some good interest and a regular calendar at Great Lakes Randonneurs.  

Comment by Eric Peterson on October 29, 2022 at 8:34am

So no activity on this group in over two years. WTF?
Is there zero interest in randonneuring from the Chicago commmunity?

Or has everyone moved on to other activities or other forums?

Well I'm still doing brevet rides and plan to do more in 2023. 


Comment by Michele Brougher on February 26, 2020 at 5:30pm

Great Lakes Randonneurs will be doing a new kit this year at the request of members.  The new kit is Chicago focused.  Store will open up in early March.  Our official opener is May 2 this year so that we have a shot at better weather, but we may sneak some rides in during April if the weather gets nice a little early this year.

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on December 2, 2019 at 3:15am

Welcome to Randonneuring Ellen Gibbon.  It's great to see another woman in randonneuring.  

There are many opportunities near Chicago, in Wisconsin and the Midwest for Randonneuring.  I haven't really looked at my randonneuring calendar for 2020 yet, but feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions in the meantime.  I have done a full series.  

Additionally, I am organizing a Randonneurs USA 100K on March 8th with the Driftless Randonneurs in celebration of International Women's Day.  I will post more information on here as details are finalized:

Comment by Ellen Gibbon on December 1, 2019 at 11:28am

Just joined the Great Lakes Randonneurs and will be riding the 2020 200K, 300K, 400K and 600K. Would love to connect with anyone who's doing the same.

Comment by Regina Schurman on April 30, 2019 at 10:01am

I pre-rode almost all of the Barrington route this past Saturday and it was really a nice ride! The hills are much milder compared to the Oregon, IL 200K on 5/4/19. 

Mike W and I look forward to meeting you on either of these rides!

Comment by mike w. on April 30, 2019 at 9:57am

Looking for a 200km Brevet a bit closer to home? Great Lakes Randonneurs is holding its Barrington Boomerang 200km on Saturday, 11 May. This is a rolling out-and-back ride from Downtown Barrington to Darien, WI and back.

 For further info see The Chainlink Calendar or visit

This is an ACP Brevet and a qualifying event for Paris-Brest-Paris.

Comment by mike w. on April 30, 2019 at 9:49am

A reminder that the Great Lakes Randonneurs will be holding ACP Brevets this Saturday 4 May. Rides start/finish in Oregon IL. Riders will have a choice of 200km or 300km routes. The courses are hilly, so bring your climbing gear! See The Chainlink Calendar for further info or go to

These rides are qualifying events for Paris-Brest-Paris 2019.

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on April 24, 2019 at 1:28pm

Are you looking for a RAD new wool jersey? 

Are you a randonneuse/randonneur in the Midwest? Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

Do you ride with various RUSA organizations within the Midwest? 

If you have answered yes to either of these questions, check this out!

Interested in a new wool jersey that embodies the spirit of Midwest Randonneurs?

The store for the most RAD Midwest Randonneurs wool jersey is now Live:

Manufacturer via Cima Coppi out of Spain. This is the same company that designed the Randonneurs wool jersey this year and last year. 

1 design with light blue body, celeste green font

Midweight wool (285gsm merino midweight)

Short and long sleeve option

Full and short zipper option

2 Rear pocket options: Randonneurs USA (RUSA) logo only and RUSA+Paris-Brest-Paris logo

Wool arm and leg sleeves also available for purchase in store

Cost: €96.00 for long sleeve, €86.00 for short sleeve

Extra charge for Paris-Brest-Paris logo

WINDOW OPEN FOR ORDERING: The store will be open until 5/31/19

Shipping will be directly to your house/designated address 3-4 weeks after the store closes.


If you are in need of any custom sizing, extra long/tall/large/xxsmall sizing please contact Cima Coppi directly. They can accommodate your requests, additional fees may be included for your requests above the regular order/sizing.

Please share this e-mail with any others/list-serves/google groups that you feel may be interested.

Thank you.

Dawn Piech

Lombard, IL

Randonneurs USA

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on March 7, 2019 at 5:30am

Come one...Come all to the Driftless Randonneurs, based out of beautiful Western Wisconsin.  The Driftless Randonneurs has an exceptional 2019 calendar and registration is open for all of the events. Some highlights include: 

  • 12 weekends to ride Randonneur USA events in Southwestern Wisconsin in the Driftless region of Wisconsin with plenty of hills to enjoy
  • tri-hosting Midwest Brevet Week with Quad City and Minnesota Randonneurs with theme of "Build your own Brevet Week"
  • Tour of Driftless 1000K Brevet June 21st
  • Randonneurs USA Dart Populaire Team Event in July
  • October Galena weekend co-hosted with Quad City Randonneurs

The Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA) for the region is Greg Smith, who lives near Richland Center.  Greg started the region because he felt the area of SW Wisconsin is ideal for cycling with a wide network of paved and lightly traveled roads and he wanted to share some of his favorite rides and routes with others.  Greg has the additional goal of increasing the interest and participation in randonneuring within Wisconsin.

Come out and give randonneuring in southwestern Wisconsin and try and see what Randonneurs USA is all about! 


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