Audax. Brevet. Touring. Randonneuring. The discipline of riding great distances goes by many names, but all share one thing in common: the only competition you face is with yourself. There’s no race times or podium placings, just the drive to complete your goal – however long you’re riding.
At the turn of the 20th century, French cyclist Paul de Vivie made it his mission to show the world that any ‘healthy organism’ could not only ride far, but find joy in the simple act of doing so. He penned seven cycle touring commandments to help guide aspiring randonneurs and, despite being written more than 100 years ago, they still serve as wise advice for anyone hoping to go the distance.Rapha Films