It's that time of year again: Coffeeneuring! It's fun! It's painless! It makes sense during an insane time.
The back story, from many years ago and passed down orally, is that there's a bike activity called randoneuring. Randoneuring is riding bikes for distances, self-supported, within a set of rules. Trust me, it's big in France.
Coffeeneuring is an attempt to
- expose people to the randoneuring concept
- keep people riding at a time when some put their bikes 'away'
- support local coffee shops
- demonstrate the importance of bicycle shoppers
Just like most cults, Coffeeneuring has evolved over the years. Now there's merchandise - patches for those who complete the challenge, even the occasional order or coffeeneur-themed sock! At one time the rules were complex, and then very complex, and now they've gotten way simpler with a new emphasis on the Spirit of Coffeeneuring. Draw any parallels you will.
Coffeeneuring is apolitical. It is neight rural or urban. It is international. It is gender inclusive. Here's a link to details.
I hope you enjoy Coffeeneuring in 2020!