The first DC Randonneurs ride of the year is in the books. I completed the Glen Echo Populaire. A populaire is a shorter randonneuring ride that is often 100-150 kilometers in distance (~62-93 miles) and is meant to be an introductory ride to the sport. (See RUSA’s glossary.) This was my first time riding this ride, and despite its “shorter” distance, it was still a challenge.