Welcome to the New Mexico Brevet
Series. We are an affiliate of Randonneurs USA (RUSA) which is a relatively new organization and style of long distance
riding in the US that emphasizes completion and comraderie rather than competition. The origins of randonneuring
are over one hundred years old originating in France. The 1200k Paris-Brest-Paris is the culminating event held once
every four years. Four of our brevets in the series are ACP sanctioned events; the 200k Manzano Mtn. Air,
the 300k El Malpais, the 400k Sacramento Mtn. Sacrifice, and the 600k El Sangre de Cristo. The remaining brevet
routes are RUSA sanctioned only; the new 200k Valles Caldera Double Cross, the new 300k Capulin Volcanin Classic, the
300k Truth or Consequence, and the 200k Radium Springs. A brevet series consists of a 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k. Completing the
ACP series qualifies riders for the Super Randonnuer award. Then there is the long brevet, the 1000k, and the 1200k
randonnée, which we hope to host in the future. We are pleased to offer some challenging rides in
predominately mountainous terrain around the state of New Mexico. We will also be adding some permanents during
the year, so stayed tuned and check back as new routes are approved.
The pace of the faster riders in
the shorter events will resemble a century race, and while randonneuring emphasizes self-sufficiency, friendly camaraderie
is the most common, sensible, and safest style in the longer events for the majority of riders. As our rides are
in fairly remote country with conveniences few and far between and checkpoints usually being 50 miles apart or more,
the sense of adventure and personal accomplishment will be enhanced. Brevets have time limits and checkpoints.
This year we have volunteers so that we may ride on event days and we will offer sandwiches and energy drinks and the
'lunch' stop. Checkpoints will either be at establishments that have food and water available for purchase or with
an NM Brevet volunteer providing water, some food, or a minimal drop bag. We would like to mention that we
try to start our events where public restrooms are available, however this is not the case always and while some will have
a Denny's or a McDonald's where you normally use the facilities without question, many of the smaller businesses that are
along the routes do not necessarily welcome non-customers using the restroom. Please be courteous and purchase something so
that others will be welcome in the future. Riders carry a certificate (the brevet) which is signed at the designated Checkpoints
on the route sheet. In some cases a pre-ride issued postcard is dropped at a Post Office at a turnaround point
and then there can be unannounced 'secret' Checkpoints as well, especially in more complicated routes.
have at least one volunteer for every event. We are allowed by ACP and RUSA to have what we call the 'volunteers ride' which
can be up to as many as 15 days before the event. If you would like to join us and then volunteer for the event you are welcome
to do so and still receive credit for completion. These are not supported at all, so we either carry all that need or plan
to purchase food along the route.
RUSA membership is not required to ride in
these events, however to qualify for awards and certifications available, as noted in the RUSA website, does
require being registered. Membership applications will be available at the start of events. Brevets are held rain
or shine so be prepared with proper clothing and equipment to complete the route. Most of our rides are at altitudes
where weather events are more likely. To quote a special friend's mother - "There is no such thing as bad weather,
only improper clothing". Preparation and preventative bike maintainance are key to success. Personal support vehicles
are strongly discouraged and while not forbidden in the rules, they may only be met at checkpoints or the rider
will be disqualified.
We will be test
riding a new 400k route that starts and ends in Silver City. The new route will travel north along US 180 to the
intersection of NM 12 continuing to Apache Creek where the route doubles back to the intersection of US 180. From there riders
will proceed to Alpine, AZ which is 6 miles from the NM border. Then the course returns to Silver City on US 180. As with
most of our events, we will have some support, but as of now, we do not have a date set, but it will likely be in late April
or early May. The traffic is NMBS style - light and normally friendly, maybe it's the tandem. In the future we will insert
this into the calendar where the Sacramento Mtn Sacrifice 400k was and then alternate them every other year, except that
we will have this as the ACP qualifier for 2015 since it is the easier of the two. This will be a practice run as we will
not have the route sheet finalized or approved, but anyone is welcome to come along. We will be on the tandem getting all
the necessary info to get this into RUSA and ACP. It's more beautiful New Mexico backcountry.
300k Capulin Volcanic Classic is being changed to a 200k with a date change of a few weeks earlier. It starts and ends in
Capulin. The route sheet has not been finalized as of yet, but we will head up to Lake Maloya and turn around at the Colorado
border and then double back along NM 72 to Capulin. This allows us to ride up the volcano before it opens rather than
trying to time it so riders hit it after it closes, which has been problematic given the difference between the fastest
and slowest riders. It's a spectacular climb and view as you wind up and around it. You've got to see this countryside!
Come join us and streeetch your horizons.