Randonneuring, Ultra-Distance Cycling and Touring

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2012: Round The World

After discussing, saving, and preparing, we have decided to set off on an 8-month Round The World Tour. Our itinerary covers Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Europe, Uruguay, Chile, USA, and Canada.

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 (local cyclist and winner of the 2012 Tour Down Under), to encourage cyclists and other tourists to visit 7 alpine areas of Victoria.

Our story … from the day we met on August 22, 2003 … to the day we got married on August 24, 2008 … and beyond.

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!

August 20th to 24th, 2007.

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. 

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.

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.

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!’

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.

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.

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