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2007 South Central Florida Brevet Series

sponsored by

Florida Freewheelers Orlando

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Attention: The official webpage for the South Central Florida Brevet Series has moved to http://www.brevets4us.com.

Contents:

Administration
Introduction
Ride schedule and cue sheets

200k additional information
300k additional information
400k additional information

600k additional information
Fleche additional information
Results
Fall Series 2006
Motel: Series and Clermont Brevets
Registration
Waiver
Fees
Randonneurs USA (RUSA)
Required Equipment
Safety Inspection
Massage Therapist
Medals and Awards
Forum

Links
 

Administration:

The RBA (Regional Brevet Administrator) for the South Central Florida Brevet Series is Michael Grussemeyer. He is responsible for the contents of this webpage. Feel free to contact him at for any questions you have related to this series.

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Introduction:

"RANDONNEUR" ?..."RANDONNEUSE" ?..."RANDONNEE" ?

                         "BREVET" ?

There is no direct English translation of the French term "randonnee", loosely translated, "To go on a long trip on foot or bicycle". A person who goes on a "randonnee" is called a "randonneur" (male), "randonneuse" (female), but in America we tend to lump everything together and call both sexes "Randonneur". In cycling, it means a hard-riding enthusiast who is trying to complete a long randonnee within a certain time allotment. Note that a randonnee is not a race. It is not uncommon for the last finishers to get as much applause as the first. Indeed there is much camaraderie in randonneuring.

One does it to test oneself against the clock, weather, and a challenging route, but not to beat the other riders. Randonneuring stresses self-sufficiency. Help can only be given at checkpoints or controls along the route, however randonneurs are free to buy food, supplies, or bike repairs at any stores they encounter along the route.

Once riders have successfully completed a 200-kilometer "randonnee" or "BREVET...pronounced Brev vay, they are entitled to be called a "randonneur" or "randonneuse". Brevet in French means a "certificate" or "diploma". Randonnee's are frequently called a "Brevet", which is typically a challenging 200km, 300km,400km, 600km, 1000km, or 1200km (kilometer) ride, each with a specific time limit. The randonneur carries a Brevet card (certificate), which is signed and stamped at each checkpoint (control) along the way to prove they have successfully completed the distance. The shortest Brevet is a 200km (125 miles) and is an entry point for those looking for a challenge greater than our standard centuries, the longest is the 1200km (720 miles plus) done in 90 hours or less with little rest or time to waste. One must qualify for the longer 1000km and 1200km rides by doing a series of four brevets, a 200km, 300km, 400km, and a 600km all within one calendar year.

Those interested in doing the brevets for certification or awards will join RUSA, Randonneurs USA, a national organization whose goals are to promote randonneuring in the US and to provide services to randonneurs. You do not have to be a member of RUSA to participate in the brevets. Some just ride the first two or three distances to prepare for double centuries or 24 hours at Sebring. RUSA doesn't actually organize any rides, but rather coordinates the brevets of the Regional Brevet Administrators (RBAs) and clubs that sponsor them. RUSA acts as the interface between the Audax (pronounced Oh-docks) Club Parisien in France and the American riders and RBAs.

We ride at night on the longer brevets, and it is recommended to have two forms of headlights, a Primary Headlight bright enough to see the road ahead, and a Secondary smaller one used to be seen by motorists, and two taillights, one used as Primary, the other as backup. For battery operated lights it is recommended that you validate the run time of your batteries and carry spare batteries. Many of you already have a headlight and taillight which would serve as secondary lights, so there would be a saved expense. The 200km brevet usually starts and finishes in daylight. if you are planning to ride the brevets do the 200km, bring what lighting you have, and come see the lighting systems of the seasoned riders before purchasing lights for the next brevet. All other distances require lighting. All bikes and lights are inspected the evening before the event. See the Required Equipment section for more details.

The Florida Freewheelers of Orlando are the sponsoring club for the brevets held in the South Central Region of Florida.

For further information on Brevets, contact Michael E. Grussemeyer, RBA for South Central Florida, and Brevet Director of The Florida Freewheelers at: e:mail ; phone number 239-549-7459.

This web site http://www.bike4one.com/brevets/  contains information on RIDE SCHEDULES and CUE SHEETS, BIKE EQUIPMENT, LIGHTING, GPS, etc. Contact the RUSA web site www.rusa.org for further information on brevets nationwide, history, and membership.

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Ride schedule and cue sheets:

Distance Date/Time Time limit Location Cue sheet / GPS routing files Map overview
200 km 6th January
7 AM
13:30 Clermont, FL

brevet_central_2007_200k.xls

v7
BC7_200k_v7.gdb

v8
BC7_200k_v8.gdb

A link to Google map provided by
John Preston

BC7_200k_GoogleMap

300 km 3rd February
7 AM
20:00 Clermont, FL

bc7_300k_clermont.xls

v7
bc7_300k_v7.gdb

v8
bc7_300k_v8.gdb

bc7_300k_clermont.png (116650 bytes)
400 km 3rd/4th March
4 AM
27:00 Clermont, FL

bc7_400k_clermont.xls

v7
bc7_400k_v7.gdb

v8
bc7_400k_v8.gdb

 
600 km 14th/15th April
4 AM
40:00 Clermont, FL

bc7_600k_clermont.xls

v7
bc7_600k_v7.gdb

v8
bc7_600k_v8.gdb

 
Fleche
24h
31st March/1st April
7 AM
24:00 Finish in Clermont, FL    
Challenge 1500 21st - 27th April   Challenge 1500 week
Tampa, FL - Brevet camp:
200k
300k
400k
600k
   
1199 km
1000 km
200 km
17th - 20th May   Clermont, FL    
200 km 2nd June
7 AM
  Clermont, FL    
400 km 2nd/3rd June
4 AM
  Clermont, FL    
200 km 7th July
7 AM
  Clermont, FL    
400 km 7th/8th July
4 AM
  Clermont, FL    
200 km 28th July
7 AM
13:30 Tour de Guava - Tampa, FL    
200 km 1st September
7 AM
13:30 Indian Harbour Beach, FL    
200 km 6th October
7 AM
13:30 Lake O' Lark - Clewiston, FL    
200 km 3rd November
7 AM
13:30 Tour de Lee - Cape Coral, FL    
200 km 1st December
7 AM
13:30 Ocean Ramble - Jupiter, FL    

If the cue sheets and/or GPS file states "draft version", this will give you a general idea on where we ride. In most cases the roads will be checked again a week before the event and there could be last minute changes. Check this webpage again 3 to 4 days before the event.

Garmin GPS information: (see also GPS site with Information regarding Configuration, Routes, Maps etc.)
v6
- Maps used: City Select North America v6
- Settings: Bicycle - Shorter Distance

v7
- Maps used: City Select North America v7
- Settings: Bicycle - Faster Time

v8
- Maps used: City Navigator North America v8
- Settings: Bicycle - Faster Time

Results will be found at the Result page.

 

200k additional information:

Check the detailed 200k information.

300k additional information:

Check the detailed 300k information.

400k additional information:

Check the detailed 400k information.

600k additional information:

Check the detailed 600k information.

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Motel for main series and Clermont Brevets:

The Holiday Inn Express, Clermont, Florida will be the Host Motel. It is located on the southwest quadrant of the intersection of US Hwy 27 and SR 50. There is a Denny's next door which is open 24/7 and a Cumberland Farms CS, 24/7 0.1 mile south. All along SR 50 a mile or less away are many new chain restaurants. There are Theme Parks and Shopping for the non rider family members.

All reservation must be made by you, mention "Michaels Brevet" when calling the Holiday Inn Express Clermont, Fl. 352-243-7878 to get the discounted rate

Holiday Inn Express
1810 South Hwy. 27
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 243-7878
Map and Direction

All rides will leave from the front of the Motel. On the 600km we will pass close to the Host Motel around the 250 mile mark for those wishing to catch a couple of hours of Z's before finishing. This is a 70 room modern facility, serving a free continental breakfast 6:30 to 10 am. The official rule of the General Managers is that no bicycles are allowed in the rooms, but bikes locked on vehicles will have a well lit parking lot. So please don't ask the staff, if you can take your bikes to the room.

Notice: Although the host motel has a regulation that no bikes are allowed, it is not normally enforced if you bring you bikes in the back or side entrance, not past the front desk. Please do not lean your chainrings up against the beds, and don't use their towels to clean your bikes. That is the reason some of the motels are not allowing bikes, or charging an extra fee like they do for pets. Thanks!

Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express are $85 for two double beds, $80 for a single King plus tax. This is their rock bottom price during season. If you are a Priority Club Member you can have a 2pm late check out at no charge instead of 11am.

This hotel is filled most of the time. I would suggest if you are planning to ride any of the series, to book now, you can cancel within 24hrs if you decide not to ride or you find another place. Do not wait, they are usually filled for week ends especially 30 to 60 days in advance.

All of the other motels are Mom & Pop types which are in disrepair and are usually full with weekly rentals.

The next nearest motels are 9 & 10 miles away e.g. the Howard Johnson Express Inn, nine miles north of Clermont on Hwy. 27. The owner Mark Wilson, will give us a rate of $59.00 per night plus taxes.

Howard Johnson Express Inn
20329 US Hwy 27 North
Clermont, Fl. 34711
(352) 429-9033

There are less expensive motels just as nice as The Holiday Inn near the Disney Main Gate on SR 192 about 30 to 40 minutes away for those willing to travel.

Another possibility for those of you, that prefer camping:

Lake Louisa State Park
7305 US Hwy.27
Clermont, Fl. 34714
(352) 394-3969
www.FloridaStateParks.org

Camping reservations call Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521.

Lake Louisa State Park is located six miles south of our host motel at CR 50 & US Hwy. 27. It has 60 new campsites, with state of the art bathhouses which have washing machines on the outside. There are 20 cabins under construction which may be ready as soon as March, so keep checking with them about the cabins. This could well be our Host starting point in the future when the cabins are complete. Many trails, fishing, swimming, canoeing, etc. Vehicle entrance (single occupant) $3.00, (two - eight occupants) $4.00. If you just wanted to take a shower after a ride before returning home, $3.00 would be cheap, (bring a towel). Overnight camping, $21.00 plus tax (includes water and electric and sewer). There are sixty campsites, 14 are for full sized RV hook up. They also have a pump out station. This is a beautiful park with bike, hiking, and horseback trails. For more info see website listed above.

The cabins are finished and are being rented through Reserve America see above link.. They sleep six persons, have a full kitchen with utensils, a fireplace, and a screened porch overlooking a small lake. There are a lot of trails, both bike, walking, and horseback. Swimming is from a white sand beach, and there are restrooms and dressing rooms nearby. Fishing is great and canoeing and kayaking are possible. All of the theme parks are located nearby as well as shopping. Something for all members of the family to do.

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Registration:

Preregistration is not required, but riders will not be able to register or have their bike inspected on the day of the event until preregistered riders have departed, and the control windows must still be respected. For registration within the last 24 hours before the start a $10 late fee will apply as all Brevet cards, rosters and other information has to be posted by hand.

Please use either the .pdf Registration form or the Word Registration form.

Please return this registration form signed and with checks to Michael E. Grussemeyer and make sure they arrive no later than 24 hours before the event. If you are late with your registration please sent in via email so that Brevet cards can be created. If you sent in your registration via email at least 24 hours prior to the event and use the check in the night before the event, the late fee does not apply.

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Waiver:

Every participant has to complete and sign the following waiver before the ride.

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Fees:

The fees for the events will be as follows:

Distance Date Florida Freewheeler Orlando Members Non Members
200 km
125 mi  
January $ 20 $ 25
300 km
188 mi  
February $ 25 $ 30
400 km
250 mi  
March $ 30 $ 35
600 km
375 mi  
April $ 35 $ 40

All 4 events
  $ 100 $ 130
       
Fleche March/April $ 20 $ 25
Brevet Camp April details to follow details to follow
200 km
125 mi
June - December $ 20 $ 25
400 km
250 mi
June, July $30 $35

A late registration fee of $10 for registration within less than 24 hours of the ride start will apply.

Club members of the Florida Freewheelers Orlando will get a $5 discount per ride. The Florida Freewheelers are a great club with rides for different categories each weekend. They are known for their Florida Bicycle Safari and Horrible Hundred. Their annual dues for Individual or Family is $25. If you want to join the Florida Freewheelers you can use this membership application form.
Do all 4 events, become a member and still save money: Instead of  $130 total for all 4 events, become a member ($25) and only pay $100. You still save $5 and get a membership in one of best clubs in Central Florida. In addition to saving $10 for the registration of all 4 events at once you won't have to worry about late fees.

ADDITIONAL SAVINGS FOR MEMBERS: Each brevet you sign up for after the main series saves you another $5, so it is possible to save another $40 by doing the other brevets. Club membership also, give you a $5 discount on The Horrible 100 and a $25 discount on Bike Safari, a three day or six day tour held every April in Live Oak and Madison, Florida. Not only that, but you receive the club newsletter, Spoke n Word, and can attend any or all of the club rides and picnics.

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Randonneurs USA (RUSA):

RUSA rules will apply for all rides.

Membership is required before the ride to use the brevet as a qualifier for e.g. PBP (Paris - Brest - Paris) or BMB (Boston - Montreal - Boston).

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Required Equipment:

For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be fully functional at all times. At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders' lights must meet the requirements of local laws. Spare lights are strongly recommended; spare bulbs are required (if the light has no exchangeable bulb, a spare light is required). Riders not complying with all these requirements will not be permitted to start. Lights must be on from dusk to dawn and at any other times when poor visibility conditions exist (rain, fog, etc.). Each rider, whether riding in a group or by himself, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights!

All riders must wear a reflective vest, sash, Sam Browne belt, or some other device that clearly places reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During night riding, all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle.

Helmets are required.

Any violation of these riding rules will result in the immediate disqualification of the rider.

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Safety Inspections:

We will conduct safety inspections the evening before the ride or at the ride start on the morning of the ride on some Brevets. Lights should be affixed, correctly aimed and working. Only riders that will have fully operating safety equipment as outline in "Required Equipment" can participate in the ride.

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Massage Therapist:

I have ridden in cycling events all over the country, and have encountered and used many Massage Therapists. Of those there are but a few that are real good. I rarely recommend anyone for these types of services, but I want to make an exception and introduce you to Glen Moray, licensed sports massage therapist who has been massaging since 1995 and works 48 events nationally. He has been on many of the events I have ridden in Florida in the last eight or so years and he always seems to find all the tired and strained spots. And he massages those muscles until they are smooth and gets the lactic acid to flow from those muscles so they can function at a much higher level of performance. Glen says he will follow our series this year and you can make reservations with him via his web site. He does need appointments in advance of the event. But will take on site reservations as well. So if you have tired sore legs, back, neck and shoulders you might need a little TLC from Glen after an event (or during a long 600km somewhere in the middle). Remember that he must have five or so massages to cover his costs. So get behind this guy and use his services. Check out his web site or email him for an appointment: www.professionaleventsmassage.com or his e-mail

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Medals and Awards:

Because our sport is non-competitive, RUSA does not have special trophies for those who rode the most brevet kilometers or who climbed the most hills. Nor are there categories for age, gender, type of machine, etc..

Awards are earned by simply finishing events inside the time limit. Participation and determination are the two essential things needed to earn randonneuring honors. The most frequently earned awards are for the series events; the 200km, 300km, 400km, and the 600km.

Listed below are two of the more popular and easily attainable awards. For additional awards see RUSA’S Awards Section.

Super Randonneur Award:

In 1952, the Audax Club Parisien created an honorific recognizing randonneurs who had completed, in the same year, the series of brevets of 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k. This honorific is called the Super Randonneur Award. RUSA members may request a medal commemorating their accomplishment by submitting the request form shown below. This request form, filled out correctly and including verification numbers for the brevets, should be submitted with payment to RUSA, which will collect the forms and forward them to the ACP person responsible for Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux. One or more of your SR-qualifying brevets may be ridden outside the US, but in any case you will need to include the certificate numbers on your application. Note that the exact sequence of 200k, 300, 400k, and 600k brevets must be ridden to get the medal; longer event substitutions are not allowed, as they are for PBP qualifying. The medal design will be changed every Paris-Brest-Paris year. (For riders who ride PBP, applying and being accepted for PBP gets them an SR award. The ACP gives the SR medal to entrants when they check-in in Paris, so there is no need to apply to RUSA. For other riders earning an SR medal during a PBP year, they should apply in the normal fashion listed above.)

To apply for this award, please download the Super Randonneur Application.

R-12 Award:

The R-12 Award is for riding a 200 K (or longer) randonneuring event for 12 consecutive months. The counting event sequence can commence during any month of the year, but must continue uninterrupted for another 11 months. If an event straddles two months (eg, July 31st-August 1st), the starting date is the counting month. Events that count toward the R-12 Award are RUSA and ACP-sanctioned brevets and 24-hour team events, RM-sanctioned events of 1200 km or longer, as well as RUSA permanents of 200 km or longer. A particular permanent route can be ridden more than once in a year to count for the R-12. Events can be ridden in foreign countries. If a rider earns a brevet in the week before the official event on a "worker's ride", the date of the official brevet is the counting date for the R-12 Award.

Applicants can print out their RUSA Results sheet(s) and send that in the application packet, or for permanents ridden more than once and not listed on the Results sheet, or when listing foreign events, photocopies of the front and back of the homologated brevet card(s) must be submitted for the application to be accepted. The applicant must be a RUSA member in good standing on or before the date of the first counting brevet. Applicants should include a check for $10 made out to "Randonneurs USA".

Download and print the R-12 Award application form.

There are many medals for the awards which can be viewed on the RUSA web site as well as the series medals. Take a look at RUSA's Medal Gallery. Medals and Awards can only be purchased or awarded to RUSA Members, or Pending Members. (Proof of application for pending members needed at the time of ordering.).

Series Medals:

Medals for the series distance awards cost $7.50 each and can be ordered by checking medal line on the back of your brevet card when you sign it and turn it in to your RBA after completing the brevet. I ask an additional $2.50 for shipping and handling, since I will receive them and purchase mailers and postage to mail to you. Usually these are mailed out after the series is over.

I'm not one much for awards and trophies, but the medals I have hanging on my bulletin board by my desk represent personal bests with each event. These medals are real authentic and after you complete your brevet you will know more meaningfully the term "You've Earned It".

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Forum:

Tom Jordan created a discussion forum for us. Just go to FLAcyclist.com and click on the "Forum" link. This forum allows us to communicate efficiently on specific topics, will free Michael from the burden of being the middle-man and reduce the need to send bulk emails. Tom created a topic for each Brevet, the Bike Sebring race, and a General category that includes announcements, tips, reports, photos and suggestion topics.

Check it out at http://www.flacyclist.com/forum/phpBB2/.

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