LONG DISTANCES

Come and join us if you dare!

BBB has created a section dedicated to long distance cycling. If you want to test your endurance limits and discover the world of long distances, join us ! We will attend several long distance rides throughout the year. 
We also organize BBB’s BRM every year in April.

JOIN BBB'S LONG DISTANCES GROUP

Join our WhatsApp group to fine-tune your personal calendar, find team-mates for collective events, hand out advice, plans, mechanical and material tips, or even to deal with logistical issues!

LAST BBB MEMBERS "LONG DISTANCES" REPORTS

BRM 200 Tervuren

A report by Magali Clerbaux (FR).Il y a quelques semaines, une notification Whatsapp attire mon attention: “Il y a un BRM200 au départ de Tervuren le 18 novembre”Pas besoin de nous en dire plus, on ne refuse pas quelques longues...
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Le “Tour de France Randonneur” de Ben

"5000km, 50 000 d+, 27 jours à vivre mon rêve d'enfant de 8 ans."Those words by Ben, a BBB member fond of what is now called "ultra-cycling", are more than inspiring. He tells us hereby about his incredible adventure.(FR only)"Quand...
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Little Belgium 2023

More than 20 courageous BBB members spent a loooong day riding around Belgium on the 23rd of July, 2023, for the well known "Little Belgium".Report by Arnaud (FR). C’est sur les cendres encore fumantes du feu d’artifice qu’une vingtaine de...
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BRM 300 Anderlecht

On April 29th, 2 amazingly courageous BBB riders (Tahys & Antoine) joined the BRM organised by the Aurore Cyclo club with 300km on the menu starting in Anderlecht from the café ... "la clé du cimetière" 🙂 You'll find hereafter...
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BRM 200 “Aurore Cyclo”

On March 4th, about 10 BBB riders joined one of the first BRM of the season organised by the Aurore Cyclo club with 200km on the menu starting from Anderlecht. For those who are unfamiliar with this type of event,...
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Transcontinental 2022

On Sunday 24 July, Zeno will depart from Geraardsbergen for the Transcontinental race.  The Transcontinental is the pinnacle of self-supported bicycle race across Europe. For the 8th edition it will leave from Flanders to end on the shores of the Black...
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Race Across Belgium 2022

Seven BBB members have been riding the Race Across Belgium this week-end.Congrats Nicolas Brookes and Nicolas Colinet for getting first place in their category (Duo / 300km), Gabriel Perez and Gaetan Schepens for getting 3rd in their category (Duo / 500km)...
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Green Divide

With a length of 300 kilometres, the GREEN DIVIDE is the longest green route in the Netherlands. Komoot ambassador and gravel enthusiast Erwin Sikkens created this ultimate green traverse of the Netherlands, connecting the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and the full length...
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TESTIMONIALS

Check-out what BBB “long distances” riders say about what long distances trully is!

2023 CALENDAR

Among the main events our members will attend in 2023:

You’ll have the opportunity to ride with BBBs all over Europe in 2023!

Desertus bike crossing 22/04/2023 https://desertusbikus.com/ 
RAB – Race Across Belgium (1.000 / 500 / 300 km ) 11/05/2023 http://raceacrossbelgium.cc/ 
BRM 400 CC Kingersheim (400 km, France) 28/05/2023 https://www.brevetsrandonneurscck.fr/les-brm-20223/ 
RAF – Race Across France (2500 / 1000 / 500 / 300km) 22/06/2023 https://france.raceacross.cc/ 
BikeWay to Hell (650 / 350 / 150 km, Belgium) 29/06/2023 https://www.bikewaytohell.be/ 
Maratona Des Dolomites 02/07/2023 www.maratona.it 
Tour Massif vosgiens 08/07/2023 tourmassifvosgien.f 
Little Belgium 21/07/2023 https://www.facebook.com/events/875780327030202 
#TCRNo9 – Transcontinental Race 23/07/2023 https://www.transcontinental.cc/ 
BikingMan Aura 07/08/2023 https://bikingman.com/fr/aura-2023-fr/ 
Paris-Brest-Paris 20/08/2023 www.paris-brest-paris.org 
Liege-Paris-Liege 23/08/2023 liegeparisliege.com 
Les 7 majeurs permanent  https://www.les7majeurs.com/inscription/

You’ll see BBBs flying over many Belgian BRMs in 2023.
Info available on “randonneurs.be” website.

BRM 200 km “Huy Shall Climb”18/03/2023
BRM 300 km “Largest. Lake”25/03/2023
BRM 300 km “Leuven – Signal de Botrange – Leuven”02/04/2023
BRM 400 km “Herentals – Alpen (D) – Herentals”16/04/2023
BRM 200 km “Sweet Caroline” from BBB22/04/2023
BRM 300 km “Aurore Cyclo”29/04/2023
BRM 400 km “Leuven – Orval – Leuven”06/05/2023
BRM 600 km “Transfrontalier”18/05/2023
BRM 600 km “Alken – Alken(D) – Alken”27/05/2023
BRM 600 km “Oost – West – Thuis Best”10/06/2023
BRM 200 km “Urbanus”17/06/2023
BRM 600 km “3 x 3 = 5 landen tocht”19/06/2023
BRM 1200 km “Mosterd à volonté”28/06/2023
BRM 200 km “Oostende – Tournehem”21/07/2023
BRM 400 km Scherpenheuvel (“Centenaire 400”)22/07/2023
BRM 200 km “Boomgaardenroute”05/08/2023
BRM 400 km “En danseuse #2”02/09/2023
BRM 200 km “Vers le Sud”16/09/2023
BRM 200 km “Rond Brussel – Autour de Bruxelles – Around Brussels”07/10/2023
You want to add an event you’ll take part in and maybe organize a BBB Team / Group ?

👉 Just tell us : longdistances@brusselsbigbrackets.eu

FAQ

Any bike race or ride longer than a century ride, which is 100 miles (160 km), is sometimes considered to be ultra-distance cycling.

Long distances events can be divided in two main categories:

  • AUDAX / BRM

Audaxes are non-competitive: success in an event is measured by its completion. There is no ranking. Attending an Audax is called “randonneuring”.
In Belgium and France, Audaxes are called BRM. It stands for Brevets Randonneurs Mondiaux. BRM (or “Brevets”) are generally proposed in several distances: 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km and 1200 km.
BRM are overseen in Belgium by Randonneurs.be that proposes, under its banner, several events all year long. However, these rides are actually prepared and submitted for approval to Randonneurs.be by other clubs. Against this backdrop, BBB will propose its first BRM on April 22, 2023.
The Queen Bee of all Audaxes is the famous Paris-Brest-Paris (1200 km).

  • ULTRA CYCLING RACES

Contrary to BRMs, these are races. They are unsupported and are generally not divided into stages. They usually exceed 1.000 km.
The most well-known ultra-cycling races are, for example, the Transcontinental Race, RAAM, Biking Man, Race Across, French Divide…

Give it a try and begin small ! How do you feel after a +100km ride ?
If you still have energy, then you can try a 200 km. If you loved it you will then attend longer and longer rides.

No. Even if there are bikes geometry that are endurance oriented, any kind of road bike will do (28 mm tire is a good compromise).
Comfort is key. A small pain can become extremely problematic on the long run. Do not attend your first long distance ride on a new bike !

It is important to know that  most of long distances events are UNSUPPORTED. You will have to carry your food/drink and/or buy it on the go.
However, some Ultra cycling events can propose pit stops sometimes but these are exceptions.

Sleeping is an option 🙂
Long distance cycling events rarely propose accommodations. However, it happens that hotels or other kinds of sleeping facilities are indicated to attendees.
Generally, 200km, 300km and 400km events are completed within a day and do not require a sleeping rest. Sleeping becomes necessary and highly recommended as from 600km.

 

This group has been created to share an agenda, exchanging ideas and set a place where we can discuss logistics and car sharing. If you consider participating to longer rides, feel free to join. There is no obligation to actively attend a long distance ride. You will do it when you will feel ready!

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