Sixteen RUSA members are in line to receive the prestigious Randonneur 5000 award.

"The R-5000 is one of the toughest to earn because of the broad range of events that must be completed," said RUSA president Mark Thomas. "We congratulate all of these determined riders."

The award was created in 1961 by Audax Club Parisien to honor cyclists who complete 5,000 kilometers of events sanctioned by Randonneurs Mondiaux during a four-year period.

Results were submitted last fall to ACP officials. Official confirmation of the recipients had not been received by press time.

To qualify, the successful randonneur must complete a full BRM series (200, 300, 400, 600, and 1000k), a Paris-Brest-Paris, a Flèche Vélocio and additional brevets to bring the total distance up to 5,000 km.