The website of Charlene Barach (Machka) 

Charlene Barach
About Me
Flickr Photo Gallery
Cycling Links

Century Tips
Packing List
What Works For Me
Australia Travel Tips

2007 - Paris-Brest-Paris 1200K
2006 - UMCA 24-Hour Time Trial
2006 - Boston-Montreal-Boston 1200K
2005 - Last Chance 1200K
2005 - UMCA 24-Hour Time Trial
2005 - Gold Rush 1200K
2004 - Great Southern 1200K
2004 - Manitoba 1000K
2003 - Paris-Brest-Paris 1200K
2002 - Rocky Mountain 1200K
Brevet Stories

2012 - Round The World
2012 - Australia: Beechworth, VIC
2011 - Australia: Mount Gambier, SA
2011 - Canada: Vancouver Island
2011 - Australia: Hub & Spoke Tours
2010 - Australia: Hub & Spoke Tours
2009 - Australia: Hub & Spoke Tours
2008 - USA: Logan's Pass, Montana
2008 - Australia: VIC
2007 - Europe: Belgium, France, UK
2007 - Canada: Golden Triangle
2006 - Canada: Pine Lake, Alberta
2005 - Canada: Rockies
2005 - Canada: Golden Triangle
2004 - Australia: East Coast
2003 - Europe: France, UK, Wales

Audax Australia
Audax Club Parisien
Audax UK
Canadian & International Randonneuring Links
Randonneur Japan
Randonneur USA
UMCA Calendar
Various Western USA Events
More Long Distance Rides

Keeping Track

Randonneuring, Ultra-Distance Cycling, and Touring

Hello and Welcome!
My site contains stories, articles, and links about randonneuring, ultra-distance cycling, and cycle-touring.

Enjoy browsing through my site!

Travel Collection

2012 - Round The World
After discussing, saving, and preparing, we decided to spend 8 months travelling around the world. Our Round-The-World Tour covered Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, USA, and Canada.

Round The World Tour Photos

At The Top Of The Final Climb

2011/2012 - 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge
We decided to take on a new challenge this year ... a climbing challenge!

The 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge is a cycling challenge, organised by Tourism Victoria, and promoted by Simon Gerrands, to encourage cyclists and other tourists to visit 7 alpine areas of Victoria.

7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge Photos

Charlene & Rowan's Wedding

2008 - Charlene & Rowan's Wedding Story
Our story ... from the day we met on August 22, 2003 ... to the day we got married on August 24, 2008 ... and beyond ...

August 24, 2008 Wedding Photos

French Canals

2007 - Paris-Brest-Paris 1200K Randonnee and European Tour
The Paris-Brest-Paris, the oldest and most famous randonnee, is held every four years in France, and 2007 is a PBP year!

The PBP was held from August 20th to 24th, 2007

Europe Tour 2007 Photos

Finish Line

2006 - UMCA 24-Hour Time Trial
'Have you ever done a ride where you felt completely and totally elated and energized ... where you felt strong ... where you felt like you could ride harder and faster than ever before?'

The 2006 UMCA 24-hour Championship was held near Port Byron, Illinois on September 2 amid rolling hills and cornfields.

Charlene Changes Flat

2005 - Last Chance 1200K Randonnee
'I wanted to make it to the town of Last Chance, since the ride is called the Last Chance. I felt that if I could at least make it that far, I would have done a century and would have seen the place the ride is named after.'

The Last Chance 1200K Randonnee is held in Colorado and Kansas, just about every year. I rode it in September 2005.

Last Chance Photos

Charlene and Twelve Apostles

2004 - Great Southern Randonee 1200K
'I was the only female to ever attempt the ride in the three years it has been run. If I finished, I would be the first female finisher . . . just to add a bit of pressure to an already stressful ride.'

The Great Southern Randonnee is held in Australia along the Great Ocean Road.

Great Southern Randonnee Photos

Charlene Cycling Toward Dauphin, MB

2004 - Manitoba Randonneurs 1000K
Most provinces in Canada hold a 1000K randonnee every year, and Manitoba is no exception.

'At 6:00 am on Friday, August 6th, three riders set off with a beautiful red sunrise lighting up the sky ... uh oh - red skies in the morning!'

Manitoba 1000K Photos

Charlene at 333K of the PBP

2003 - Paris-Brest_Paris 1200K Randonnee
'Every time we came to a populated area there were decorations everywhere mostly bicycles decked out with lights, flowers, etc. Later there were words of encouragement written on the pavement. These things boosted my spirits. Not only was the support from the people who lived in the area great, but every time I saw these things, I knew I was still on the right route. Riding as close to the time limits as I was, I couldn't afford a single extra kilometre.'

The Paris-Brest-Paris, oldest and most famous randonnee, is held every four years in France.

2003 PBP Photos

Rocky Mountain 1200

2002 - Rocky Mountain 1200K
'The sun began to rise displaying beautiful mountain scenery . . . and on the side of the road, almost within arm's reach, a large black bear!'

The Rocky Mountain 1200 is held in the mountains of western Canada, and was my first 1200K randonnee.

Rocky Mountain 1200 Photos


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