|2014 RIDE SCHEDULE|
|April 26||200k||7:00 am||$10|
|May 10||200k||7:00 am||$10|
|May 31||200k||7:00 am||$10|
|June 14||200k||7:00 am||$10|
|June 28||200k||7:00 am||$10|
The Great Lakes Brevet Series is a series of long-distance bike rides through rural southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. If you are looking for more of a challenge than your local century and enjoy the company of others who are more interested in seeing you finish than dropping you on the next climb then please join us.
These rides are open to everyone and do not require membership in any organization. There are no rider limits. They are not suitable for beginners however, riders should have completed several long-distance rides before starting a brevet. Prospective and novice brevet riders are strongly encouraged to review our extensive frequently asked questions and brevet tips pages.
The registration form can be used for pre or ride-day registration. Ride-day registration opens an hour before and closes one hour after the scheduled start. The ride-day fee is an additional $5. Helmet use is required and riders under 18 require a parent or guardian's signature. Note that riders cannot change their declared distance if they want RUSA certification credit.
These rides start and finish at the Super 8 Motel, 518 Borg Road, Delavan, WI. To reduce congestion, riders not staying at the motel have been asked to park across the street in the shopping center lot on the east side of Borg Rd.
Delavan is about 70 miles northwest of Chicago. Google Maps shows driving directions via I-94.
METRA Bikes-on-Trains service is available on the UP-NW line to Harvard, IL. - 18 miles from Delavan via this route. A maximum of 20 bikes can usually be accommodated on friday trains leaving Chicago before 3:00 P.M. and after 7:00 P.M.
Hotels in the area are often filled. Riders wishing to stay at our
host motel, the Super 8, should make reservations well in advance @
262-728-1700. A block of rooms has been reserved for discounted
registration until thirty days before each brevet. You must indicate
you are with GLR to receive the discount. It can not be combined
with any others and is not available online. Reservations that are
not cancelled at least 24 hours before check-in will be charged for
The Comfort Suites hotel is within walking distance at 313 Bauer
Parkway, Delavan, WI. 262-740-1000. Additional lodging is available
in the Delevan Lake area and at nearby Lake Geneva.
Rides are held rain or shine. Riders should bring adequate clothing and be prepared for variable weather conditions. During periods of diminished visibility riders are encouraged to take appropriate measures to enhance their visibility - these include the use of reflective clothing and supplemental lighting.
Weather information for Janesville, WI is available at:
These events are not competitive, riders may strive to ride a
personal best but not to defeat fellow riders. Friendly camaraderie,
not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring.
Riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace however riding in small groups is recommended for safety at night and during periods of decreased visibility. Drafting is allowed however extra space and caution are recommended.
Aerobars are allowed however for safety reasons we ask that you refrain from using them when drafting. They are not allowed on Paris-Brest-Paris so potential participants should avoid extended use.
Riders are responsible for their own navigation. Cue sheets are
provided that show the distance at each turn. In many cases, road
names on the web do not match road signs, therefore the cue sheet
may not match what is shown on Google Maps.
Riders are expected to be self-supporting between checkpoints. Riders should carry tools, clothing, and supplies as required to complete the ride. Riders are encouraged to assist one another with repairs and nutritional needs. Riders are not allowed to have support vehicles follow them on the route however they are allowed at checkpoints. Support vehicle drivers are asked to identify themselves to the brevet organizer before the start.
Convenience stores serve as checkpoints where food and beverages can be purchased. We ask that you purchase some items if using their restrooms.
Our routes pass through small towns where limited services are generally available. Riders are allowed to depart from the route however they must return to the point of departure to resume the brevet.
Any rider abandoning the brevet should arrange for assistance and must notify the brevet organizer. Disabled riders will not be left stranded however it may take a substantial period of time until they are recovered. Please be patient and use common sense to communicate your situation.
Please call the RBA or Super 8 if you abandon for any reason:
The brevet card lists the opening and closing times of each checkpoint. The minimum pace for ride credit is approximately 10 miles/hr. (15 kph), the maximum is approximately 22 miles/hr. (35 kph).
The final control is operated by the Super 8 front desk staff, your card should have your address and signature before it is submitted. They will stamp it and deposit it in a collection box for the brevet organizer. Brevet cards will be returned by mail in the fall after they are certified.
Medals can be purchased by RUSA members a few weeks after the event from the store at rusa.org/medalphotos.html.
Randonneurs USA rules are in effect throughout the brevets. The key points are: