Welcome to Salt Lake Randonneurs!

Salt Lake Randonneurs Our aim is to promote ultra-distance cycling in Utah and Southern Idaho. We are a regional arm of Randonneurs USA and are co-sponsored by Bonneville Cycling Club of Salt Lake City.

06 January 2017 ~ Comments Off on 2017 Registration Open

2017 Registration Open

Registration is now open for this year’s brevet season. If possible, please sign up several days in advance, as I sometimes need to print out the brevet cards and cue sheets a week ahead of time, so I can mail them to a designated trail boss.

But don’t worry about any event selling out. That is not our problem here in the “Fly Over Zone” of Utah!

This year, due to insurance policies, 100Ks are free! So please invite your friends to join us.

~ RR


23 May 2016 ~ Comments Off on New for 2016—Dirt Road Randonneuring

New for 2016—Dirt Road Randonneuring

SLR Adventure Series Dirt Road Randonnees

Salt Lake Randonneurs introduce new Dirt Road Randonnee Series (text & route design my Kenneth Samuel)

Inspired by the San Francisco Randonneurs Adventure Series, SLR is pleased to introduce two new rides this year: the Monte Cristo Dirt Road Randonnee (7/16) and the Heber Mountain Dirt Road Randonnee (8/13).  These rides both feature:

  • High Altitude Dirt Roads
  • Incredible Scenery
  • Plenty of climbing
  • 100k and 200k options

I (Ken) have been exploring Utah’s dirt roads since 2004, and I believe these two routes rank among the finest bicycle rides anywhere in the country and I hope they will be the highlight of your riding season. (This blog’s banner photo is from the Heber Mountain route.)  In all my years of riding these roads, I have never seen another cyclist on them!

Route Links:
Monte Cristo Dirt Road Randonnee 200k July 16, 2016
Monte Cristo 100k

Monte Cristo Dirt Road Randonnee


Heber Mountain Dirt Road Randonnee August 13, 2016

Heber Mountain Dirt Road Randonnee

Are these rides supported?
No.  Come prepared for long stretches without food and water.  Both rides have one resupply point where food and water is available at a convenience store.  There is no cell coverage on large portions of these rides.  Be prepared to deal with your own mechanical issues.  The home stretch on the MCDRR will require riding 70 miles without food or water resupply, while the HMDRR has a 55 mile section with no services.

Is the route marked?
No. A cue sheet will be provided.  A GPS track of the route can be downloaded from ridewithgps.com.  Because many the junctions do not have road signs, GPS navigation is recommended.

What if I don’t make the time limit?
The time limit of 13.5 hours for a 200k brevet applies to these rides.  This will be a difficult goal for many cyclists to achieve.  We hope that you will view finishing the ride as a major accomplishment and come back next year for another shot if you fail to make the time limit.

What are the road conditions like?
While I am not a big fan of riding gravel roads, I LOVE riding fast hardpack dirt roads in the mountains.  Each route contains some sections of gravel, and conditions vary from year to year, but the majority of the dirt is smooth, fast hardpack.  There will also be short sections where walking may be required, with a few stream crossings thrown in to keep you on your (wet) feet.

How much of the route is paved?
The MCDRR contains 80 miles of dirt roads and 45 miles of pavement.
The HMDRR contains 64 miles of dirt roads and 63 miles of pavement.

How much climbing is there?
A lot. Both routes contain over 11k’ of climbing.

Should I ride a mountain bike?
A rigid mountain bike would be a good choice for these rides.  I would recommend a slick or semi-slick tire as these routes do contain considerable paved sections as well.  One important consideration for bike selection is staying comfortable over the ~12 hours that this ride will take.

Should I ride a cross bike?
A cross bike would be a good choice for these rides.  I would recommend riding the fattest tire your bike can handle, with a slick or semi-slick tread.

Should I ride a road bike?
A road bike would be a fun choice for these rides if you have experience riding skinny tires on dirt.  Most of the roads are smooth and fast.  I would recommend a minimum 28mm tire and expect to walk some short sections.

Would these routes make good bikepacking trips?
YES!  Much of my initial exploration of these routes was done on overnight bikepacking trips.  I hope that anybody who would rather ride these as an overnight trip will start on the Friday before the brevet, and that we will run into each other on the road on Saturday.

Where do I sign up?
Ride registration is handled by Salt Lake Randonneurs. There is a $5 fee for these rides ($10 for non-members), to cover the cost of printing route sheets & insurance. Please note that our club president Richard is recovering from open-heart surgery so the SLR website may not be updated until he is feeling better.


18 March 2015 ~ 3 Comments

SLR Jerseys are Designed—Pre-Order Now!


I have been working on a design for a cycling jersey for our region. With the help of Jim Halay, we have decided to go with Champion Design, as they do smaller batches.

At this point, we only have a design for a jersey & vest. If enough of you want bibs, shorts, or arm warmers we can look at that too.

Even though all-black apparel is the vogue now, it is not very visible to motorists. Consequently, I went with a fairly bright, visible color scheme. Safety first.

The price below includes a one-time shipping charge to me — from here, there will be additional shipping to you, unless I bring it to an event.
All men’s jerseys will have full-length zippers and will be the relaxed club fit, unless otherwise requested.

  • Men’s Tech Short Sleeve Jersey, $ 51.00 (“Tech” is their standard weave fabric)
  • Men’s Airlite Short Sleeve Jersey, $ 57.00
  • Women’s Bella Short Sleeve Jersey, $67.00
  • Men’s Tech Long Sleeve Jersey, $ 63.00
  • Men’s WindGuard Vest, $ 53.00 (windproof front with a mesh back & no rear pockets)


Sizing Notes
I received some samples from them and although we will be getting their relaxed Club Fit, they still run small. Their XL is similar to the Large from Black Bottoms or Voler. With Black Bottoms, for example, I can get into a large, but since I am tall (6′ 4″, 182 lbs., 41″ chest), I usually go up a size to XL. With Champion I will go with either an XL or XXL. Their Large and XL both were slightly tight in the armpits for me. I had some ladies try on the male jersey’s and a average to large busted 5′ 10″ female fit into a men’s Small or Medium. But I believe we can order women’s sizes too without meeting a certain minimum for ladies jerseys.

Here is the Men’s PDF sizing chart: ChampionCyclingJerseySizes

And the Women’s sizing chart: Bella Jersey Size Chart

Other sizing charts are on this page.


Please e-mail me with your order (richard@eogear.com), by the end of March 2015!

28 September 2014 ~ Comments Off on 2015 Schedule Posted

2015 Schedule Posted

The schedule for next year is now posted on this page.

30 August 2014 ~ Comments Off on Raspberry Ramble Report

Raspberry Ramble Report

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Here is a report from Greg Smith, who rode our recent 600K.

01 July 2014 ~ Comments Off on New Facebook Group

New Facebook Group

In the past I have posted photos and trip reports on our blog page. But it is a ton of work uploading photos, sizing & saving them, and writing captions etc. So future trip reports and possibly many news items, will be posted on our newly created Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/saltlakerandos/) (you must have a Facebook account to view this page however). So please go there, “like” or “click for notifications” so you can stay in touch. Once you are approved as a member, you can approve any of your friends to join us too.

SLR Facebook Group screensot.

SLR Facebook Group screensot.

13 April 2014 ~ Comments Off on 2014 Willard Bay Report

2014 Willard Bay Report


Joe and Larry, after Joe’s crash.

Joe and Larry, after Joe’s crash.

Daniel, Paul, Alan & Jim at the finish.

Daniel, Paul, Alan & Jim at the finish.

Some of Joe’s road rash.

Some of Joe’s road rash.

On April the 12th we had our first event of the season, the Willard Bay and Beyond 100K and 200K. This year, everyone signed up for the 200 km distance. The weather was rather decent, as in April, it can go either way (the following day, i.e. Sunday, it was snowing in the nearby foothills!). Prior to the official event, we had the Holmbergs  “pre-ride” the route to determine if construction would be an issue. There was some construction on the route during their ride, but according to the flagman that they asked, it would be over by Saturday — and indeed we had no construction problems.

We had eight riders registered, but two had to bail, due to last-minute conflicts. Consequently, six of us left the parking lot under cloudy skies at 9 a.m. under a pretty decent temp of 54F. Four of us stayed together pretty much the whole day, while Larry and Joe stuck together as a team. Paul, who is training for the upcoming cross country TransAm race, flatted early on. Due to a last minute wheel switch, his tube didn’t have the right sized stem for his deep-dish wheelset. He could not find the puncture,  so he put his old tube back in and it seemed to hold, but later started slowly loose air again. He eventually pulled the tube and just patched it (which later failed again and had to patch it a second time).

The temps raised to the mid 70s. We had some gusty winds off and on during the day, but nothing earthshaking. Later in the afternoon, it started to rain very lightly (and cooled down) so many of us put our jackets back on again. We had some surprise food at the turnaround store in Corrine, as they were demoing CampChef BBQ and smoking equipment. We had some samples of salmon, beef brisket and pork. That was a nice addition to the fast food which we obtained inside.

The group of four finished in under nine hours. Larry finished later, but he come in alone. He informed me that Joe had crashed about two miles back and was waiting for him to return with a vehicle to pick him up. Joe was riding behind Larry, when his wheel slipped over the edge, where the asphalt meets the concrete curb. His wheel hit the edge of the curb, and deflected him back the left again, causing him to go over the bars and down. His front tire received a big sidewall gash. His shoulder received the brunt of the fall. He later went in for x-rays and it appears to be a possible torn rotator cuff. His legs and hands also got some road rash. We certainly wish him a speedy recover. Thanks to Larry for being there with Joe throughout the day and especially at the end when he needed it the most. Incidentally, this was longest distance Joe has ridden to date.

01 September 2013 ~ Comments Off on Raspberry Ramble Series

Raspberry Ramble Series

On the weekend of July the 12th we had the first ever Raspberry Ramble mini-series. All three routes shared common roads, so I had them start at the same time of the day. Earlier in the week, the temperatures had been hovering in the upper 90s, which can make for challenging conditions. Fortunately, a cool front moved through the area for the weekend, providing perfect temperatures in the range of 55 to 85F. Seven riders started, all doing either a 300, 400 or 600km brevet. As I was riding with the group I didn’t get a lot shots.

The first part of the ride is very flat as we head north out of Logan (Utah) and into the rural part of this beautiful Cache Valley. Everyone generally stayed together as we passed the first informational checkpoint and then onto Preston Idaho for the first c-store checkpoint at mile 32. From there the route starts with a series of rollers and finally begins the biggest climb of the event, a 2700-foot climb up Strawberry Creek Canyon. This is also the same route for LoToJa (longest sanctioned road race in the USA) and quickly separates the fields in that race. It likewise separated our group and many riders were not seen together again until mile 97 at Garden City, on the west side of Bear Lake. At the bottom of this climb (which had a nice incline, nothing over 6% I believe), the 300km riders (Derek & Daniel) split off, while the others proceeded down to make a loop around Bear Lake. The two 300k riders became separated so they ended up riding alone most of the day.

At Garden City, on the west side of the lake, many stopped for lunch before proceeding around the lake and then finally onto the town of Montpelier Idaho. There was some cross wind activity as we approached Montpelier, but then it became a nice tail wind as we heading into Soda Springs. Most riders stopped at the Subway in Soda Springs at mile 181 (for those on the 400 & 600km route) and fueled up again, before making their way south and back to the start point in Logan. The next segment was a long one with no services, so many of us took a third water bottle for insurance. David left Soda Springs after dark and got a double-flat (road debris) shortly after departing. He was riding alone at that point and was tiring quickly. He decided to backtrack and just get a room in Soda Springs, calling it quits on finishing this 600km, returning to Logan the following morning. Earlier, Dan and Ronaele passed through Soda Springs also making their way back to the motel without incident. Ronaele finished at about 12:30 a.m., completing one of her best (fastest) 400km brevets yet.

Kerin, Carlton and myself had been riding together since mile 151 and stayed as a group all the way back to Logan at mile 260. It seemed too good to be true, but the winds changed, now giving us a tail wind, while heading south (atypical for this area). The 300km riders, earlier in the day, had a stiff headwind along this section. We pulled into Logan at about 10:30 p.m. well ahead of my predicted schedule. Kerin had finished her 400km and headed off to bed.

Carlton and I got some major calories ingested while at the motel and then proceeded out to finish the last 200km of our route, without stopping to sleep. Dan, on the other hand, arrived a few hours behind us, did sleep for 3 or 4 hours before heading back out, in classic Rando-time-trial mode (i.e. solo). Carlton and I arrived at the turn-around, at Golden Spike National Monument at about 2 a.m. I was very, very tired so we took a 45-minute power nap in the atrium of the entrance, which was warm and carpeted. We then backtracked our route for a few miles, and it was not particularly cool outside as we barely needed wind shells (~60F). After stopping for a sit-down breakfast at the Silver Eagle in Corrine (mile 339), we finished up the route, setting a new personal record for Carlton for a 600k. Dan arrived several hours later in good spirits and seemed to have energy to spare.

Thanks to all for participating and hopefully we’ll have a larger group next year.



30 June 2013 ~ 1 Comment

2103 Double Loop 400K Report

On June the 1st we had our first 400K of the season. It is called the Double Loop 400 because it is a big figure-8, covering 400km (250 miles) of terrain.
Three of us rode, including myself, Dan Tuchyner from the Salt Lake area and Bob Owen from Saint George. We started in rather cold temperatures, hovering around the freezing mark. Anticipating warming temperatures and no rain in the forecast, I was underdressed and suffered during the first 90 minutes. We arrived together at our first checkpoint in Scipio after riding along the shore of Yuba Reservoir.

After a “c-store” breakfast Scipio, we started the long, but gradual climb up Highway 50. I had my first flat near the summit (I was trying to “use up” an older pair of tires on this ride…live and learn). From there we made a descent into Sigurd, where a 2,000-foot climb awaited us. It was mid-morning and it was beginning to heat up so we took it at a moderate pace. Following that climb we descended and then hit some rollers before the next checkpoint. During the rollers I had another flat, but my pump was not working properly and I had already used my only CO2. I didn’t want to use Dan’s CO2, so I sent him ahead to see if he could catch Bob, who had a frame pump. I was finally able to get about 50 PSI into my 25c tire and proceeded to the next checkpoint, where I finally got my pump going again.

From the Koosharem checkpoint, where we all had a brunch at the local cafe, we worked a paceline and stayed together the rest of the day, with 10 (perhaps 15 MPH) headwinds and some cross winds.

We pulled into Richfield, the largest city on our ride and had supper at a local sandwich shop. The sun was just setting as we headed north towards Salina and finally Gunnison before making it back to our cars at about 2:00 a.m. All in all, the route was nice with little traffic and a decent shoulder on the nighttime portions with little traffic lights and no routefinding issues.



30 June 2013 ~ Comments Off on 2013 Backroads of the Great Basin 300K Report

2013 Backroads of the Great Basin 300K Report

Despite a near flawless forecast, on May the 11th, Daniel Tuchyner and I were the only ones to ride this brevet. The temperatures started out in the mid 40s, rising to the mid 80s. The wind forecast was 7-10 MPH.

The route went along many rollers all the way to the base of  short climb, which took us into Eureka where we stopped at a Sinclair c-store before making a u-turn. This route then varied a little from last year as we went further south toward Delta to Lynndyl for our furthest southern checkpoint. We had a slight headwind into Lynndyl, but we alternated pulls making good time. From Lynndyl, the route to Nephi involved more climbing that I anticipated. There were a lot of big rollers and our water supplies were depleted upon our arrival in Nephi. Next year, if we use this same route, I think I will take a filled third water bottle for this section. Dan didn’t complain, but took in this new route all in stride, enjoying the nice temperatures.

The final section, from Nephi, through swallow Goshen Canyon and along the west side of Utah Lake went without incident arriving back to our cars at about 8 p.m., before darkness set in.