Willamette Randonneurs

Photo of Lunar 400, July 2018 by Keith Moore
Photo: Keith Moore

Willamette Randonneurs is a group of randonneurs and those interested in randonneuring in the southern Willamette Valley and surrounding areas. Willamette Randonneurs was formed in late 2016, with our first official season in calendar year 2017.

The regional brevet admistrator (RBA) for our region is Michal Young.

Informal news and announcements often appear in our Facebook group Eugene Area Randonneurs or on our Facebook page Willamette Randonneurs. For those who prefer email forums to Facebook, I will do my best to cross post to our will-rando group, and to respond to posts there.


Randonneuring, also known as audax, is long-distance, mostly unsupported cycling. (more)

2020 events

No more events until at least June

Due to the Corona virus pandemic, rides are canceled at least until June.

Sat Feb 22 RUSA populaire (100k). Lunch in Veneta. Celebrate Chris's birthday. 9am start at Wandering Goat Coffee. Register
Sun Mar 8 RUSA populaire (100k). International Women's Day.
Sat Mar 21 Five Rivers 200k (ACP). Eugene to Walterville, Sweet Home, Lebanon, Brownsville, Eugene.
Special measures in effect to minimize spread of virus: All controls are photo controls. Minimize exposure in communities we pass through. Bring a drop bag with lunch to the start; it will be delivered to you in Lebanon. We will not have our usual sit-down meal at the Safeway, nor a sit down-meal at the end. Register at https://forms.gle/qdu7Av4zEaaeSzWw9 by Friday noon. $8 charge.
Sat Mar 28 Colliding Rivers 200k (ACP). Sutherlin to Glide and return. Route (designed by James Taylor).
Sat May 9 Evening start 100k RUSA populaire. (Fléche tuneup opportunity.)
Fri May 15 Fléche weekend ( Seattle International Randonneurs)
Sun May 24 Alsea Loop 200k (ACP).
Sat Jun 6 Yippee Tyee Ty-yay 200k. (Cottage Grove - Tyee loop)
Sat Jun 20 Smith River 300k (ACP), Smith River 600k (ACP). Both rides start in Eugene and go through Florence and Reedsport, returning on Smith River Road. 300k returns over Wolf Creek to Eugene. 600k continues east to Cottage Grove then north to the overnight in Eugene, then north through Brownsville to Independence and back to Eugene. Near solstice for maximum daylight.
Sat Jul 18 ACP 300k, route TBD.
Fri Jul 31 Lunar 400k (ACP). Friday evening start in Eugene, north to Forest Grove and return. Moon nearly full.

2019 Events

Sun Feb 24 RUSA populaire (100k). (Canceled due to weather)
Sat Mar 9 Five Rivers ACP 200k brevet.
Sat Mar 30 Cottage Grove — Umpqua Loop ACP 200k. Begins and ends in Cottage Grove and loops south through Drain, Yoncalla, and Tyee, along the Umpqua river, returning north through Sutherlin.
Sat May 25 Evening start 400k (with Monday holiday to recover). Loop north to Forest Grove, beginning and ending in downtown Eugene.
Sat Jun 8 Smith River ACP 600K. Two loops from downtown Eugene. The first loop will be to Florence, along the coast south to Reedsport, back in via Smith River Road and continuing to Lorane and Cottage Grove, then north to Eugene, about 360k. Second loop will be north to Brownsville, Lebanon, Independence, then south through Albany, Harrisburg, Coburg back to Eugene, about 240k. 5am Saturday start from Mandy's 24-hour diner in downtown Eugene.
Sat Jun 22 Smith River ACP 300k. A 300km (187 mile) loop from Eugene to Florence via Triangle Lake, south to Reedsport, returning over Smith River Road and Wolf Creek to Eugene, with a staffed control at Oxbow Summit. 5am Saturday start from Mandy's 24-hour diner in downtown Eugene. Finish is at Falling Sky until it closes at 11pm, then at Mandy's.

2018 Events

2017 Events

Sat Mar 11 Alsea Loop 200k
Sat Jun 24 Smith River Loop 300k ACP brevet.
Sun Aug 20 Dart to Darkness Dart Populaire (team ride), 120km to Willamina for the total eclipse.
Photo of Alsea Loop 200k, March 2017 by Jeff Reynolds
Photo: Jeff Reynolds