Randonneuring, also known as Audax, is a long distance cycling sport. In this, the riders attempt courses of 200 km or more passing through pre-determined check points in the specified time limit (at an average speed of 15 km/hr). A randonneuring event is called a brevet and the rider is called a randonneur. Brevets are not competitive events and commemorative medals are awarded if the brevet is completed in the stipulated time. A super randonneur title is earned by any rider who completes the super series of brevets (200 km, 300 km, 400 km & 600 km) within the same calender year (Nov to Oct). The International governing body of brevets is Audax Club Parisien, France which conducts these brevets across various countries (37 cities in India).
It is said that your body is as young or old as your mind wants it to be. Testimony to this fact is the achievements of Captain S Ramanan (age 45) who started brevets in Nov 2014 and has completed a total distance of 3800 kms. He has traversed through 11 cities and has undertaken 12 brevets and achieved the super randonneur title in 2015-16 season. These include two-night rides (200 kms) through Khandala ghats and many out and back brevets from Mumbai, Pune and Goa. Ask him, what drives him towards endurance rides. He smiles and says. It’s my passion and alone time with nature and its vagaries. Capt S Ramanan will be leading a group of 15-20 professional riders as pilot riders during the race.