Recent Announcements

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  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.

American Randonneur Award - Nominations due 12/15

Once a year, the RUSA Board of Directors and the RUSA Awards Committee present the American Randonneur Award to a member of the organization who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to randonneuring in the United States. Award details and previous recipients are on the award details page.

You may nominate a member by email by sending your name and your RUSA membership number with your nominee’s name and RUSA membership number to Johnny Bertrand at Alternatively you may fill out this printable candidate submission form

All nominations must be received by December 15. 

Membership Dues as of 11/1/2019

Effective November 1, 2019, our membership dues will be as follows (a $5 increase for the annual individual membership):

Individual USA - $30
Household USA - $50
Individual Foreign - $40
Household Foreign - $60
Extra Household Member (over 2) - $20

We do not increase fees lightly, but feel this is the fiscally responsible thing to do for RUSA, given increased expenses, and that RUSA membership continues to be good value for money.

Challenge Lepertel - a New RM Award!

Les Randonneurs Mondiaux announced a new award - the Challenge Lepertel - at their quadrennial meeting in August.

This award commemorates former ACP President Robert Lepertel, who reinvigorated Paris-Brest-Paris and was instrumental in the founding and early development of Les Randonneurs Mondiaux.

Riders achieve the award by completing four different events as follows:

a)  A 1200 km or longer event in each of 4 consecutive calendar years.

b)  Eligible events are Paris-Brest-Paris, or any event sanctioned by Les Randonneurs Mondiaux.

c)  At least one event must start in a different country from the others. 

d)  The first event can be in calendar year 2019 or later.

American Randonneur Fall '19 issue available online

You can now download and view the Fall issue of American Randonneur magazine by clicking the link on the home page. We are providing this issue online rather than mailing you a physical copy because of budgetary constraints which we hope will be transitory. We know the print edition is valued, but hope you will enjoy the online one, which includes links for contacts including advertisers.