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Chicago Randonneurs


Chicago Randonneurs

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

Members: 264
Latest Activity: Nov 20

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 Randonneurs (plus new gravel rides!)

Started by Michele Brougher Feb 26, 2020.

New Midwest Randonneurs wool jersey: store open until 5/31/19

Started by Inspyrd Ancienne Apr 24, 2019.

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Comment by daWillinChi on November 27, 2018 at 5:34pm

I just got an email from Randeonneurs USA that RUSA Permanents are suspended until insurance can be renewed to cover both Brevets and Permanents.

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on May 7, 2018 at 6:00pm

Hello again Rando Peeps!


OK, one last e-mail and share with ya ‘all if you are interested in ordering a cap, neck gaiter (buff), jersey, bib and/or shorts from the Great Lakes Randonneurs. Take a quick look:


Pactimo Great Lakes Randonneurs store closes this SATURDAY, 5/12/18.


I hope you would consider adding one or more of these rando swag items to your cycling wardrobe. Come on, just one piece!  The caps have Certified Strong on the underbill, the buff is light and will be perfect for early spring-fall-winter rides!  The cap and buff are ONLY $20 each! 


IMPORTANT NOTE: We have met the minimum on all items except the mens continental shorts. Need 2 more pairs to hit minimum of 5!  


I have seen statistical evidence that this kit or any item ordered

will raise your FTP by 25% by just putting it on. Honest to goodness truth!




Dawn Piech

Great Lakes Randonneurs

Comment by Inspyrd Ancienne on May 1, 2018 at 8:08pm

Look and Feel CERTIFIED STRONG with Great Lakes Randonneurs new 2018 kit!


Take a look at the 2018 jersey, bibs, shorts, cycling cap and neck gaiter (buff) NOW available via Pactimo for the next 10 days onlySO DON’T WAIT AS YOU WILL MISS OUT ON THIS sharp Great Lakes Randonneurs swag!


The color follows the Great Lakes Randonneurs (GLR) Logo, it captures the spirit, history and brand of randonneuring with the Great Lakes Randonneurs.  A watermark details specifically the brand:  Driftless, Dairyland, Wisconsin Hill Country, Midwest.   


The following items are available by purchase through Pactimo:

Mens and Womens Ascent Climber’s Jersey            $90

Mens and Womens Summit RT Jersey                      $115

Mens Ascent Vector Bibs Short                                  $90

Womens Ascent Vector Bibs Short                            $100

Mens Continental Shorts                                             $70.00

Womens Ascent Shorts                                                $87.00

Unisex Micofiber Cycling Cap (one size fits all)            $20.00

Unisex gaiter (buff) (one size fits all)                              $20.00


Purchase and delivery directly via Pactimo through Great Lakes Randonneurs team store:


WINDOW WILL REMAIN OPEN FROM:  April 28th through May 12th




The Summit line runs tight with more compression to the material.  It feels almost like a skin suit.  Full zipper. Think European sizing!

The Ascent line has lighter weight fabric and less compression than the Summit line, but I feel it is still tighter than traditional club cut kits.  This has a ¾ zipper. 

For sizing, please refer to the following chart from Pactimo:


Questions please contact me directly at 




Comment by daWillinChi on January 25, 2017 at 8:33am

A nice documentary to watch in the morning. Thanks Mark!

Comment by DerferMark on January 24, 2017 at 1:59pm
This is great! "Length of Sweden", 35 min. documentary
Comment by Jason Marshall on January 17, 2016 at 3:42pm

Thanks djm and Eric,

I have a dyno that I have been powering my lights off for years. I am building up a new bike this winter. I will be adding a USB charger to the dyno setup to charge GPS and phone. 

Comment by Eric Peterson on January 4, 2016 at 4:29pm


Wow what a fantastic opportunity. I love the self-supported aspect of this ride, but with no support allowed, logistics will be a challenge.

I hope you share your planning for this ride and riding goals, I'm sure others will be interested. You might want to create your own Chainlink group for this.


Comment by djm on January 4, 2016 at 4:01pm

Oh, my.  For endurance riding, choice of power source is a major consideration.  Will you have a generator?  Support to supply external power or replace batteries?  Do you only need nav or want to display other inputs (e.g.: power, HR, cadence, etc.)?

Comment by Jason Marshall on January 4, 2016 at 2:27pm

Hey djm.  I haven't pulled the trigger yet.  I will probably do so soon.  The main reason for getting the GPS is that I am registered for this event in June:

Comment by djm on January 4, 2016 at 12:48pm

Jason: Did you get a GPS?  Almost all allow you to upload a route or track for navigation.


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