The inaugural Brevet Beaver Creek is a series of modestly supported road and adventure rides. 10-12 rides of varying distance, difficulty and personality will be identified and revealed the evening of June 16. The weekend's signature components (classified as Brevet Hors Categorie or Brevet de Beaver Creek) promise a true Colorado adventures, a few of which where 28c or larger tires are recommended.
Event participation is free of charge to all participants in 2017, but offered to a limited number of participants each day.
Riders may expect rolling, informal start times and may depart at their leisure and among friends. These non-competitive rides will vary in nature and depending upon the route selected by you or your group, may include sections of road, bike path and gravel.
Expect grand views, tremendous camaraderie, a wide variety of dining options and specials designated for participants along the route and aid station fare that's just right.
- Brevet Populaire - An enjoyable and conversation-paced distance and difficulty. Multiple mapped options available. Completion of a Populaire-category route receive a BBC Populaire tee. Registered riders (registration is free) presenting data evidence of more than 40 miles logged on a single day ALSO qualify for the Populaire tee.
- Brevet Fléche - A slightly more ambitious route category with prolonged pitches and descents requiring above average effort and skill. Multiple mapped options available. Completion of a Fléche-category route receive a BBC Fléche tee. Registered riders (registration is free) presenting data evidence of more than 60 miles logged on a single day ALSO qualify for the Fléche tee.
- Brevet D'Audax - An advanced intermediate to expert level ride requiring fitness and skill. Multiple mapped D'Audax options available. Completion of a D'Audax-category route receive a BBC D'Audax tee. Registered riders (registration is free) presenting data evidence of more than 80 miles logged on a single day ALSO qualify for the D'Audax tee.
- Brevet Hors Categorie - beyond classification and the staunchest of challenges. Complete an Hors Categorie route or be a registered rider that presents evidence of more than 110 miles logged to receive the coveted Brevet Hors Categorie tee.
Visit our Route Descriptions page for more detail.
What exactly is a brevet?
Randonneuring is a long-distance ride. In randonneuring, riders attempt courses of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined "controls" every few tens of kilometres. In Brevet Beaver Creek, riders are expected to self-support, but can expect modest aid station support on designated longer rides along with a wide variety of dining options and specials throughout the valley.
Riders may travel in groups or alone as they wish, and are expected to be self-sufficient. A randonneuring event is called a randonnée or brevet (bruh-VAY), and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur.
The “randonneur spirit” is ideally characterized by cooperation over competition. All finishers are winners in a randonnée (ran-don-Ay), the term for an individual event. The randonneur—from the French word meaning “to ramble”—is more inclined to savour the countryside than the racer dashing for finish line, fame and fortune.
Are you up for something audacious? Stay tuned for more details.