Recent Announcements

Update on RUSA Events: April and Beyond

Just a few days ago, on March 21, we told members that we weren't shutting down nationally but we said that could change any day. Since then, things have quickly gone downhill. The US confirmed cases have increased ten-fold and surpassed China. Our European and English speaking brethren worldwide have shut down, including Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. In much of Europe, not even solo riding is allowed other than utility cycling.

While not every state or county in the US has declared "stay at home" orders, we are heading that way. Testing has ramped up, giving us a better picture of community spread, but it's still incomplete. Too many are being monitored, test results unconfirmed.

So, with concern for our members, their families and communities, we started contacting RBAs one by one who still had rides on the calendar for April.  While every RBA was being ultra careful, the Board felt that those rides needed to be cancelled. At this point, we have nothing on the calendar for April. There is a small handful of rides taking place this weekend; but April is cleared.  

At this time we aren't sure about May. Rides are still on the calendar. The Board did not want this to be "closed until further notice", rather we'd see where this was headed, whether things were starting to level off. In densely populated areas, we do not expect the virus to have peaked in April. We need to develop a reopen strategy, perhaps starting out with short populaires that won't require either support or replenishment stops. If and when we approach this decision, it will probably be with travel and rider count restrictions. We want riders to feel safe and comfortable, and the Board wants your support and agreement that it's the right thing to do. We will be setting up a small board-led committee of RBAs to monitor and recommend a reopen strategy.
 
The RUSA Board

R-12 and P-12 "Pause"

We are declaring a "pause" in counting months for R-12 and P-12. These months will not require make up rides. But R-12 and P-12 will still require 12 credit months in all. The pause period will start March 1 and end when things are more-or-less back to normal.  To determine when to restart, we will take our cue from other cycling organizations such as USA Cycling.  Rides during the pause period will not count towards R-12 / P-12 with the exception of rides during the month of March. Riders may use March as a pause month or if they have already completed rides they may use those toward any awards including the R-12/P-12.

Make-Ups for No Perms Make-Up period (12/2019 - 4/2020) - For those who were planning their permanents suspension make up rides to be ridden in March or April, those make up rides can now take place in the 2 months following the end of the pause.

Examples, assuming solely for the sake of these examples that the pause encompasses March, April, May, and June (not a prediction!):

  • Your R-12 twelve months ended in March, and you got in a ride in March, but you were going to make up a missed month (e.g., January) by riding an extra 200k in April. Now you can ride that extra 200k in July or August.
  • You started a P-12 in January and got rides in January, February, and March. Your twelve month period will now extend through April, 2021 (16 months minus the 4 "paused" months = 12 credit months).
  • You started an R-12 in January but missed February and haven't made it up yet: your twelve month period will now extend through April, 2021, and you can make up February with an extra ride in July or August.

RUSA Website Upgrade

We have upgraded our website and database to a new server. This keeps us current with the software we rely on. The new deployment is testing out well, but please let us know of any incongruencies you see, by creating a issue report (preferred), or by contacting the RUSA Web Team directly.

SR600 Insurance and New Procedures

Super Randonnée 600Ks are very challenging permanent routes that include over 10,000 meters of climbing over 600K within a 60-hour time limit. If you were hoping to ride one, perhaps to qualify for the ACP R-10000 award, we have good news. RUSA has made special arrangements to provide insurance for riding US Super Randonnée (SR600) permanent routes. The insurance fee varies with the number of riders, so please contact the route owner to determine the cost and for other details about registering. A list of SR600 routes and their owners can be found by using Search->Permanents and choosing Format=SR600K.

Permanents and Makeups

As of today, we do not have an offer of insurance for Permanents.  Without insurance, we do not have a Permanents program nor can we cover personal / training rides in the past or going forward.

For those working on R-12/P-12's, we will allow makeup rides using ACP, RM, and RUSA events as follows: 

We are defining a makeup period of December 2019 through April 2020.   To the extent that you have a gap in any of these months that you wish to cover, for the purposes of these awards only, we will move ride credit from one month to another upon application by email to makeups@rusa.org.  The deadline for application is the end of May, 2020.  

Remember, a ride can only count once, e.g. if you want all five months covered, you need five rides in that period for the respective award.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the same email address and we will provide FAQ's as necessary on the RUSA website.

2020 Board Officers Chosen

The RUSA Board has chosen officers for 2020:

  • Dave Thompson - president
  • Debra Banks - vice president
  • Lois Springsteen - treasurer
  • Tim Sullivan - secretary

Thanks to Dave, Deb, Lois, and Tim for undertaking these responsibilities!  The rest of the 2020 Board comprises:

  • John Cap'n Ende
  • John Lee Ellis
  • Pete Dusel - RBA Liaison

2020 Insurance News and Permanents Update

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired a one-year insurance policy that covers all RBA-organized events, effective immediately.

Unfortunately, the Permanents program is suspended as of midnight on December 2, 2019. We will put a program in place for people to make up rides for khound, P12 and R12. (More on that later)

We will keep you posted.

2019 Election Results

RUSA is pleased to announce that Tim Sullivan has been elected and Dave Thompson has been re-elected to serve 3-year terms on the Board of Directors.  Pete Dusel has been elected as RBA Liaison for 2020. We extend our sincere thanks to all of these dedicated volunteers and to our members who voted.

The election results are as follows:

For Board of Directors:

Tim Sullivan 154
Dave Thompson 159

For RBA Liaison:

Pete Dusel 12

 

Mondial, Galaxy, and American Explorer Awards Now "Repeatable"

The Mondial, Galaxy, and American Explorer awards have been enhanced such that members can earn multiple successive awards. That means earning a Mondial award with each successive 40,000 km completed in RUSA rides (e.g., 40,000 km, 80,000 km, etc.). For the Galaxy award, it means each successive 100,000 km completed (e.g., 100,000 km, 200,000 km, etc.).

For the American Explorer award, members can complete successive "series." A series consists of completing rides in all 50 U.S. states. (Territories and Washington, DC are extra credit.) Once you've completed rides in all 50 states, you can start over, revisiting states, and earning credit toward the next series.

The Mondial awardee page and Galaxy awardee page indicate successive awards with a number in brackets, as our other awards.  Currently, the American Explorer awardee page only displays the first series of states, territories, etc., earned. But those who've completed an entire series of 50 states are listed here.

You can purchase physical awards for your successive Mondial and Galaxy awards if you desire. We've not yet set up a policy about purchasing a second American Explorer highway-sign plaque and states.

We hope that these enhancements will allow members to extend their goals and keep pursuing them. Thanks to Dan Driscoll for the idea, and to Charlie Martin and others on the Web Team for making it happen.

2020 RUSA Board of Directors and RBA Representative Elections

Election of Board of Directors and RBA Liaison take place from October 15th to November 30th. Please visit this year's Election Page to learn about the candidates and vote if you are an active member. Members may vote for Board of Directors candidates and RBAs may vote for their RBA Representative. RUSA sincerely thanks all of those who have stepped up to stand for election this year.