We regret that Rob Hawks has resigned from the Board due to private reasons. We are delighted that Lois Springsteen has agreed to serve the remainder of his term. We are grateful to both of them for their service to our sport.
We are pleased to report that David Thompson and Nigel Greene have been elected to the RUSA Board of Directors. Paul Rozelle has been elected as the RBA Liaison.
The vote tally for board candidates was:
- Hamid Akbarian: 102
- Roland Bevan: 128
- Dan Diehn: 97
- Lynne Fitzsimmons: 240
- Nigel Greene: 271
- Stephen Hazelton: 80
- Timothy Sullivan: 124
- David Thompson: 303
In voting for the RBA Liaison, these votes were recorded:
- Paul Rozelle: 18
- Jake Kassen: 16
- Spencer Klaassen: 16
Only RBAs can vote for RBA Liaison candidates.
We express our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election this fall.
Candidate Statements for the 2017 RUSA Board of Directors and RBA Representative Elections.
Voting is now closed.
Nominations for the RUSA Board and RBA-L are now closed.
From time to time, situations arise where a RUSA member has participated in a RUSA event and, owing to reasons recognizably beyond his or her control, has not met the criteria for completion of the event. Occasionally, the RUSA Board of Directors has been asked to waive the criteria for completion. In some of these thankfully rare instances, the reasons preventing participants from completing the event have been heart wrenching to consider.
Over the years, RUSA has matched its membership growth with newly designed events and awards which encourage participation on all levels. RUSA now has an expansive list of events and awards on offer. Consistent with the traditional ACP core events of 200, 300, 400 and 600km brevets used to qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris, all new events - for example permanents and populaires - and their related awards have clear requirements for route design and for completion. For example, a populaire route must be between 100km and 199km long, and has straightforward criteria for achieving completion: complete the entire route as designed within the time limits calculated for all controls.
One of the fundamental concepts behind the rules and criteria is that they apply to everyone in the same way. When responding to requests to waive the criteria, the board needs to be consistent with responses from past boards, and to consider all the other participants that have met the completion requirements. To do otherwise would almost certainly mean that more than one set of criteria has been applied. Additionally, there is the problem of where to fairly draw the new line to determine what exceptions are valid, which in the end would simply redefine the group of participants who would have come heart-breakingly close to meeting the new criteria but would in the end fall short of that.
Therefore, the board has reached the conclusion that it can not waive the fundamental requirement that a route must be completed to earn credit for the event. We do not support rule changes that would give partial completion for distance completed prior to a DNF, regardless of the extenuating circumstance that prevented completion. Similarly, the board does not support rule changes that would allow awards to be granted without completion of all of the events required to earn the award. We understand that this decision may have the unfortunate consequence of preventing or postponing a member's pursuit of a RUSA award, and we regret and empathize with the disappointment that will inevitably be the result.
Rob Hawks, President-Randonneurs USA, for the Board of Directors
Two positions on the RUSA Board of Directors will become available at the end of the year. Members may nominate two current RUSA members to run for those two positions.
Additionally, RBAs may nominate an RBA for the position of RBA Liaison.
A nomination form is included in the Fall 2016 issue of the American Randonneur, or is available here.
Email nominations to email@example.com or mail this form to:
Rob Hawks, 5630 Santa Cruz Ave. Richmond, CA 94804
Nominations must be received by September 23, 2016.
The all-volunteer RUSA Website Committee is looking for a new member with a strong Perl background, who is interested in building a new REST API on top of MySQL in NodeJS. RUSA maintains its own website and database and is embarking on new enhancements. Please help us move the site forward!
In addition to the skill set listed above, potential new committee members must be RUSA members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results submission for all brevets and permanents is now operational.
Results submission for Team Events (Fleche, Dart, and Arrow events) is not yet ready for use. Expected completion is by the end of August/early September.
Results submission for SR 600 permanents is also not yet ready.
When Team Events and SR 600 results submission is ready for use, there will be an announcement here and on the RBA list.
New RUSA LOGO
Calling all graphic design-minded randonneurs!
We are looking for submissions from the community for a new RUSA logo.
The parameters for the new logo must convey/include:
1. Our name, Randonneurs USA.
2. It needs to communicate that we are a long distance cycling organization, and
3. That we are from the USA (so that anyone from the larger randonneuring community would understand that they were seeing the American logo).
4. Use up to 3 colors + black & white.
Electronic only submissions (in .pdf form) must sent into Debra Banks (Banksdebra@gmail.com) by August 1, 2016.
We hope to have a finished logo by the end of the year.
RUSA's Mondial award, and later the Galaxy award were conceived as a way to acknowledge members who had completed what at the time might have been considered a lifetime's worth of cumulative event distances.
In our organization's early years there were fewer regions offering fewer events, thus accumulating the kilometers equaling the Earth's circumference, and even further, accumulating 100,000 kilometers, was more challenging, because riders lacked opportunities. With many more regions offering far more events, coupled with the increasingly popular Permanent program, members are reaching those 'lifetime' totals in far greater numbers and much more quickly.
With the awards' cost being subsidized by RUSA, they have grown to be a much larger part of RUSA's annual budget. Alas, the time has come for these two awards, the Mondial and the Galaxy, to be in line with the other awards offered by RUSA, and have them pay for themselves, which will allow the RUSA store to be self-sustaining. Going forward, RUSA members will still automatically be recognized when they reach these milestones and may then purchase the award through the RUSA Store.