Most roadies are predictable. Mountain Bikers are the most cliche group out there. Fixie goons you can spot from a mile away. But.. Brevet riders are something completely different. Brevets are long distance cycling challenges ranging from 200k to 1600k and more. They attract a certain breed of cyclist...the Randonneur.
The Randonneur truly enjoys the ride - not the race, but the simple ride. Fast or slow, it doesn't matter. The adventure along the way is where the enjoyment is found.
My pal Jambi in Berln insisted I join him for a 200km Brevet set on a cold, wet, and gloomy day. I was surprised to see all of the interesting and enjoyable characters on the ride. It was a unique experience - here are a handful of shots I snagged while trying not to freeze my ass off!