Qualifications

This is a challenging event, riders need to have completed a Super Randonneur series (200, 300, 400, 600k) in 2022 by August 1, and are encouraged to put in some extra hill work to help you enjoy the coulee experience.

Other long distance riding credentials or randonneur experience may be used to qualify, at the discretion of the Qualifications Coordinator.

For more clarification on your qualifications and to submit your qualification results, send an email to:

MnRando@aol.com

Local Training Opportunities for the Coulee Challenge

To help you get ready for the Coulee ride if you live in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota Randonneurs will be offering two Super Randonneur series before the Coulee ride and some specific coulee training brevets that pass through some Minnesota and Wisconsin coulee areas. See www.MnRando.org for details and to register online.

If you aren’t that close to the Upper Midwest, we suggest a good hilly Super Randonneur series to qualify and some additional hill training, particularly climbs of up to 500’ with grades from 5% - 15%. There are about 30 of these on the course. The Coulee ride has a different feel than the long climbs in the Appalachians, Rockies or Coastal mountains. The good news is there are also about 30 descents, some of them winding through thick forests into beautiful coulees. In between are the usual rollers and some relatively flat sections, particularly near the beginning and end of the ride.  PBP will be a more comfortable ride after completing your Coulee Challenge.