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.

Rando-what?

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

2019 Events

Dates for our ACP events have been approved, but routes have not been finalized. Our first ever 600km event will be the weekend of June 8, and to keep logistics simple it will be two loops from Eugene. We hope to run at least one event starting in Cottage Grove, and we hope to work some gravel into the schedule. We coordinated with Seattle International Randonneurs and Desert River Randonneurs to minimize conflicts and maximize opportunities for PBP-bound riders to finish a series in time for homologation, especially for the longer events. We expect to add more RUSA events late in the season.

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 ACP 600K. Tentative route is 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. Expect a 5am Saturday start from a 24-hour diner in downtown Eugene.
Sat Jun 22 ACP 300k. Tentative route is Smith River
September. Dart (or dart populaire) to coast. Date and destination to be determined.

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