About the Coulee Challenge Sponsoring Randonneurs
Minnesota Randonneurs has offered brevets since the early 1990s, originally based in Rochester, 90 minutes south of the Twin Cities. In 2008 we formalized a relationship with the Twin Cities Bicycling Club and started developing brevets in the Twin Cities area. This helped our organization grow and we provided a place to ride for TCBC members that wanted to enjoy longer distance events. We now offer events and permanent routes throughout the state of Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa.
In 2019 we formed a corporation that evolved into a 501c3 non-profit. We formed a board of directors with seven members and meet regularly throughout the year. Currently we have 130 paid members and another 200 email users that follow our activities.
Rob Welsh has been the Minnesota Randonneurs Regional Brevet Administrator since 2009.
Minnesota Randonneurs typically offers 25-40 events a year, from April to October, as well as a winter riding program. This includes two full Super Randonneur series, R12/P12 distance events every month, and a variety of shorter urban rides and gravel brevets and populaires. We also do some special interest events such as our Fargo populaire that visits several movie locations from the iconic movie and our popular City Slickers 200k brevet that circles the Twin Cities Metroplex on city streets, paved trails and rural roads.
The 2018 the Coulee Challenge was Minnesota Randonneurs first 1200k event. It was very successful so we're running it again in 2022!
Minnesota Randonneurs has developed relationships with several other long distance cycling groups in the Upper Midwest and encourage our members to participate in these other events. This is reciprocated for the benefit of all riders interested in long distance cycling.
We have relationships with other cycling related non-profits, including BikeMN and Free Bikes 4 Kids and regularly support their activities.
We believe the road and trail infrastructure in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin are ideal for randonneuring events in both rural and urban settings.
Webmaster: Ahi Bennuri
Photos: Dawn Piech, Deb Ford Greg Smith, Rob Welsh