RUSA has added a provision in its Permanents rules to allow you to start and finish your ride at a location other than a checkpoint (if the perm route finishes where it starts). Here is the new wording (highlighted):
Ride Direction and Starting Checkpoint Options - Permanent routes may be ridden in reverse direction. The rider must determine that the reverse route is safe and legal, and revise the route if necessary to make it so (for example, to avoid riding the wrong way on a one-way street). For a permanent route that starts and finishes at the same location, the rider may (1) start and finish the permanent at an intermediate checkpoint or (2) start at any location, proceed to a checkpoint, traverse the other checkpoints in their order on the route, and return to the original starting location. In the case of #2, the rider must document the start and finish location in a manner described in Article 8, providing timed proof of passage for both starting and finishing.
The RUSA Board has selected Jake Kassen for the 2021 American Randonneur Award, for his years of service, including as Boston RBA, RBA Liaison, and creator of such tools as the Cardomatic and Geo-Search for Rides available to RUSA members.
Each year, the Board "presents an award to a member of the organization who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to randonneuring in the United States" as described on the ARA info page, from among those nominated by RUSA members.
Congratulations, Jake! Highly deserved.
What we know
- SR-600 rides will be sanctioned by Provence Randonneurs, Sophie Matter's local club in France, rather than by Audax Club Parisien. The ACP will no longer be involved.
- Changes to the program are mostly cosmetic, from a rider's perspective.
- There are no planned changes to SR-600 mileage or other award credit (e.g., R-12) for RUSA awards.
What we don't know
- How the program may morph in the future. E.g. Sophie is very interested in providing more gravel options.
Read more about the SR-600 program at its new site.
What we know
- R-10000 will not require a SR-600 ride, likely effective January 1, 2022.
- The award MAY require a 2nd Flèche instead of the SR-600.
What we don't know
- Transition plans and retroactive credit
ACP has advised us that they will be meeting on February 7 to make decisions on the R-10000 award.
We'll let everyone know as soon as we learn more details.
RUSA is pleased to announce that Charlie Martin and Vincent Muonoke have been elected to serve 3-year terms on the Board of Directors and that Rob Hawks has been re-elected as RBA Liaison for 2022. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the other candidates who stood for election. A special thanks, also, to Deb Banks and John Lee Ellis, who will be stepping down at the end of the year, in both cases after two three-year terms serving as board members. The election results are as follows:
For Regular Board Positions:
Iwan Barankay - 68
Jose Blanco - 52
Dragi Gasevski - 38
Paul Kramer - 168
Scott Manning - 78
Charlie Martin - 218
Vincent Muoneke - 219
Richard Stum - 101
For RBA Liaison:
Rob Hawks - 36
Election of Board of Directors and RBA Liaison take place from November 1st to November 30th. Please visit this year's Election Page to learn about the candidates and vote if you are an active member. Contact Dave Thompson at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
Members may vote for Board of Directors candidates. RBAs may additionally vote for their RBA Liaison. RUSA sincerely thanks all of those who have stepped up to stand for election this year.
These are those who have been nominated and accepted nomination as of 21-Oct-2021. (Nominations closed October 20.) Candidates' statements and photos will be posted soon.
MINUTES OF A MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
RANDONNEURS USA, INC.
Held: August 17, 2021
A meeting of the RUSA Board of Directors was convened by Zoom/ telephone conference and called to order by the President at 17:10 PDT.
The Directors in attendance were:
• Debra Banks
• Dan Driscoll
• John Lee Ellis
• Rob Hawks
• Dawn Piech
• Tim Sullivan
• Dave Thompson
The following e-votes were approved:
Manual distribution of centenary medals and allowing members to purchase a BRM medal while receiving centenary medal;
Approval of John Sprock as the new RBA for Virginia - Tidewater
Approval of Ken Moss as the RBA for Utah – Salt Lake
A motion was made and passed to approve the meeting minutes for July 6, 2021.
Dan had circulated financial reports consisting of a Statement of Activity YTD Comparison and a Statement of Financial Position Comparison that were reviewed.
Regarding the litigation, Tim reported that we are waiting for the final settlement agreements.
Rob reported on his actions as the RBA Liaison. He had a virtual onboarding meeting with 5 new RBAs. He will do another virtual meeting with the 2 new RBAs, John Sprock and Ken Moss. John Sprock will take over as the RBA after Keith Sutton holds a centenary brevet on September 11th. Ken Moss will take over as the RBA after Richard Stum holds a brevet this weekend. So far 3 regions have submitted a 2022 ACP calendar. RBAs will not be able to add ACP events in 2022 after the initial calendar is submitted.
John Lee provided a written report on the activities of the Web Team. Charlie Martin has made good progress on the calendaring of Audax events and for the submission of results so that it will be functional for the 2022 season. The Web Team is continuing to backfill data to support award applications. Most features are working for support of Trace events. Charlie Martin added the trophy case feature for displaying a member’s results. The team reviewed new optional columns in the ACP’s results spreadsheet. There was discussion of adding a link to the region’s website when submitting the ACP calendar so that an interested rider would be able to look at the region’s website to obtain information on a calendared event.
Dan had provided a report on the permanent audit committee. The committee has not found any issues that need to be brought to the attention of the Board. The committee will continue to do audits until the end of this year.
Dawn had sent a report on her activities as the incident liaison, the development of a mission values statement and women’s initiatives/membership diversity. She then discussed the initial issuance of the Between the Controls e-newsletter. It was sent to 2954 members and was opened by 58% of the recipients. 63.55% used a desktop device and 36.5% used a mobile device. The top 3 categories selected were the RUSA calendar at 36.1%, the Rando Scout award at 25.1% and the centenary ride link to Bill Bryant’s article at 25.1% Dawn has the next edition of Between the Controls ready to be sent on August 18, 2021. Deb suggested that approximately 3 days later placing a Facebook post with a link to Between Controls. .
Dave reported that all 300 medals for the centenary brevets reserved for RBAs have been sold.
The Board has approved that for this year only if someone becomes a member in September 2021 the membership fee will also include 2022. Dave will prepare a message to be sent via MailChimp to past due members inviting them to renew their expired membership.
Deb provided a written report on incorporating gravel riding/routes into RUSA. She cited 3 areas that need to be addressed further: time allowed to complete a gravel ride, should gravel rides be their own category, and the formation of a committee to expand on the ideas raised in her report. There was much discussion on whether any extra time should be allowed for a gravel ride and if so how is it to be determined. Her report included her idea of a formula to add additional time based on the amount of gravel sections in the route.
After discussion a motion was passed to incorporate gravel rides into RUSA and to form a committee to provide a plan to implement the rides. Deb, John Lee and Dawn will be members of the committee and Deb will contact at least 2 other members to see if they would be interested in joining the committee.
Tim reported that the only time deadline for the upcoming Board elections is for Rob to announce by September 30, 2021 whether he will run again as the RBA Liaison.
The Board then discussed the implementation of a new award proposed by Bill Bryant that he named the Super Rouleur Award. Bill’s written presentation was reviewed by the Awards Committee that provided a report on June 6, 2021. The Award requirements as recommended by the Awards Committee are completion of the following in a calendar year:
a 100-124 km populaire
a 125-149 km populaire
a 150-199 km populaire
a 200-220 km brevet, and
an 8 hour Dart of 120 km or longer with at least 3 team members completing the ride.
Permanents and foreign events do not qualify and longer rides cannot be substituted for a shorter ride.
The Board approved the Award renaming it the “RUSA Rouleur Award”. A member can earn one award a calendar year for rides entirely on roads and another award for gravel rides conducted in a calendar year.
There was then a discussion of the 2022 budget. Lois Springsteen has been asked to prepare an estimated expenses based on the 2019 actual expenses. Then Dave and Dan will review it and projected income analyzing various revenue options that were discussed by the Board.
The next Board meeting will be held on September 20, 2021.
The meeting was adjourned at 19:03 PDT
The RUSA annual election season is upon us! Now's the time to nominate your fellow members and/or you who may be interested in serving on the RUSA Board. Nominations opened October 1.
- No Experience Necessary. On the job training will suffice.
- Passion and commitment to Randonneurs USA and moving our organization forward are what's needed.
- If you're interested, feel free to reach out to any board member for the real scoop.
- Terms for the 2 open regular board member positions are for three years.
How do you do this? It’s easy! To nominate a fellow member or yourself, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org listing the member(s) you're nominating, yourself and RUSA numbers. John Lee Ellis and Deb Banks have termed out and are not eligible for reelection.
The Regional Brevet Administrator Liaison (RBA-L) position is also open, a one year term. Only RBAs are eligible to nominate and vote for the RBA Liaison. Rob Hawks holds the position and is eligible for reelection.
The deadline for nominations is October 20.
As the second edition has just been sent out, a big welcome to our new e-newsletter, Between Controls, a supplement to American Randonneur magazine.
Between Controls is an additional way to keep you informed on RUSA happenings. You can expect both American Randonneur and Between Controls to keep you up-to-date.
Links to previous editions of Between Controls, can be found via the "Between Controls" menu option on the Members dropdown.