Here is the latest Rapha Brevet Collection which as usual are the best items Rapha sell for day in day out riding your bike. Well at least that’s what i think as i’ve spent the last year riding daily in a brevet jersey of some kind. The double stripes, one being reflective and the Brevet card pocket are great features. I think some of it has to do with the range being designed originally for Rapha members to ride Paris Brest Paris, the pinnacle of an incredible cycling event, the randonnée.
What is it? Randonneuring or Audax as it’s officially called in the UK is a non-competitive, self supported cycling event with a choice of multiple distances. There are distances below 200km but you only become a Randonneur if you complete a 200km event. They usually include tea, coffee and lots of cakes (best bit of the day) with plenty of challenging terrain. You carry a brevet card and stop at set controls throughout the ride and have the card stamped. Navigating can be challenging and wrong turns are all too easy. I would say that seeing as i spent too long exploring Exmoor on my own because i didn’t check the route sheet. Here’s a better description from Wikipedia:
In randonneuring, riders attempt courses of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined “controls” (checkpoints) every few tens of kilometres. Riders aim to complete the course within specified time limits, and receive equal recognition regardless of their finishing order. Riders may travel in groups or alone as they wish, and are expected to be self-sufficient between controls. A randonneuring event is called a randonnée or brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur.
The first event took place on June 12, 1897. Riding an Audax is quite different to a Sportive especially when it comes to the cost of taking part. I recommend joining up and taking part. Have a look on Audax UK for a calendar of events.
Back to the Rapha Brevet collection, the reflective parts on the jerseys, bibs and socks are great. Here is the Rapha Brevet launch feature with loads of details.