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Guwahati Randonneurs holds cycling event

 GUWAHATI, Oct 23 - Guwahati Randonneurs, an elite cycling club, organised the last 200 Brevet of the 2019-20 session on October 18, said a press release issued here today.

 The 200-km event was flagged off from the Khanapara field. The cyclists went all the way to Raha and returned to the starting point. Altogether 61 cyclists participated in the event with 51 making it to the finish line within the cut-image off time of 13.5 hours.

Also known as Audax, it is a long-distance cycling sport with its origins in Europe and is one cycling format which is gaining popularity worldwide by the day. It originated more than a century back in France and was a means of finding out how ‘audacious’ one could be, riding long distances.

Randonneuring event is called a randonnée or brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200-km event is called a randonneur. The international governing body for randonneuring is Audax Club Parisien (ACP), which works in unison with other randonneuring organisations worldwide.

In the North East, particularly in Assam, the efforts of Supuraj Gogoi, club owner of Guwahati Randonneurs bore fruit when his club attained Audax India Randonneurs’ (AIR) affiliation and became authorised to hold Randonneuring events for the very first time in the North East in 2018.

Guwahati Randonneurs has organised Brevets from 200 km to 1,000 km till date.

Certain events to popularise and familiarise riders with the Randonneuring event have also been taken up by Guwahati Randonneurs under AIR. Such events are called Brevet Populaires (BP) and are generally of a distance less than 200 km.

Post-Covid times have seen a rise in the number of female participants. Altogether six female riders (which again is a first in GR events) participated in the October 18 BRM, the press release added.

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