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RUSA Board of Directors and RBA Representative Elections

September 17, 2014

It is time again for our annual elections. For a copy of the ballot and to read about the candidates, visit http://rusa.org/vote.html.

PLEASE NOTE: The online PDF has one additional Board candidate whose bio was not included in the newsletter. Please review the online Candidate Statements and use the online ballot to cast your votes.

You can also use the revised ballot you received in the mail.

Ballots are due by November 15.

RUSA PBP 2015 Jersey Design Contest!

September 3, 2014

RUSA needs your help! We are looking for a design for our PBP 2015 jersey. Ideally the design would make RUSA riders easily recognizable as part of the American team participating in the event. (The ACP will offer an event jersey.)

The RUSA member with the winning design will get bragging rights and a free jersey.

Design entries must include the front and back of the jersey. Design artwork is preferred in vector format as a PDF, Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) EPS file (.eps) or .svg file. The design must include the RUSA logo and the PBP logo. The words Randonneurs USA (or RUSA) and Paris Brest Paris (or PBP) must be incorporated into the design.

Submit your design via e-mail to souvenirs@rusa.org by December 31, 2014.

New Reflectivity Guidelines

June 23, 2014

Randonneurs USA places the highest priority on rider safety.
To ensure that our riders are highly visible during low light or nighttime riding, we have put together a best practices document on reflective gear.

American Randonneur Award Nominations — Deadline Extended to February 1

January 10, 2014

Many RUSA members are still receiving their Winter 2013 issue of American Randonneur. So we‘ve extended the deadline for the American Randonneur Award nominations until February 1.

The American Randonneur Award is presented to a RUSA member who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to randonneuring in the United States. The award recipient can be an RBA who has dramatically increased brevet participation, a hard-working RUSA volunteer, or someone who has helped randonneuring flourish by a selfless act, good sportsmanship, camaraderie, or by being a good Samaritan.

To nominate someone, please use the form on page 60 in the latest issue of American Randonneur. You can also find information on RUSA‘s website at http://www.rusa.org/award_amrand.html

RUSA Board Elects 2014 Officers

January 9, 2014

RUSA's governing body is pleased to announce the list of officers for 2014. The election was held during a board meeting on Jan. 8:

  • President — Mike Dayton. A North Carolina randonneur, Dayton was re-elected as RUSA's president.
  • Vice President — Rob Hawks. Hawks, the RBA for the San Francisco region, was re-elected as vice-president.
  • Treasurer — Eric Vigoren. Vigoren, an SIR member, was re-elected as treasurer, a position he has held for several years.
  • Secretary — Lynne Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons, a member of Oregon Randonneurs, replaces Bill Beck as RUSA's secretary.

The 2013 board will be comprised of Beck, Dayton, Fitzsimmons, Hawks, Spencer Klaassen (RBA-Liaison), Mark Thomas, and Vigoren.

The board extends its sincere appreciation to departing Board members John Lee Ellis and Lois Springsteen for their many years of service to RUSA.

K-Hound Award Becomes a RUSA Honor

December 4, 2013

RUSA's governing body has voted, in cooperation with the Lone Star Randonneurs, to officially adopt the K-Hound Award.

That means RUSA members who rode 10,000Km or more of qualifying events in 2013 will be able to apply online for the award through the RUSA website. They'll also be able to purchase a K-Hound Award through the RUSA store.

The application period for the 2013 K-Hound trophy will run from January 1 to January 31, 2014.

The term "K-Hound" was coined by 9 Lone Star Randonneurs in 2006, when they decided that with camaraderie and fun, 10,000 K would be an easy goal for 2007. Dallas RBA Dan Driscoll launched the K-Hound Award in 2007 as a way to honor riders who have accumulated 10,000Km in RUSA events, PBP and other RM-sanctioned events during a calendar year.

Since then, The K-Hound Klub has grown every year in popularity, with over 200 K-Hound Awards earned by 83 different members, 21 of them women. More than 40 members will be eligible for the award in 2013, including 12 who are earning it for the first time. "Lone Star Randonneurs are proud to donate The K-hound Klub to RUSA, knowing it will be nurtured and promoted, with proper recognition", Driscoll said.

The award page is HERE.

2013 Board Election Results

November 18, 2013

We are pleased to report that Lynne Fitzsimmons has been elected and that Mark Thomas has been reelected to the RUSA Board of Directors. Spencer Klaassen has been elected as the RBA Liaison.

The vote tally for board candidates was: Bill Bryant: 148; Janice Chernekoff: 65; John Lee Ellis 152; Lynne Fitzsimmons 204; and Mark Thomas 245.

In voting for the RBA Liaison, these votes were recorded: Spencer Klassen 20; and Bob Riggs 9. Only RBAs can vote for RBA Liaison candidates.

We express our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election this fall.

NPR Interview with Mike Dayton

National Public Radio feature on randonneuring.

Robert Lepertel (1924-2013)

Randonneurs USA mourns the loss of Audax Club Parisien Past President Robert Lepertel (1924-2013).

Super Randonnée 600k Update

After much deliberation, the RUSA Board has decided it's best for the ACP to manage their SR 600k relationships with riders and route owners without our involvement.

TO ROUTE APPLICANTS: If you wish to list your route with the ACP, you'll need to work with them directly. Info on the ACP program and contacts is HERE.

Here's what we think your duties and interactions would be with the ACP, but as their policies are evolving, you should check with them:

  • Getting ACP route approval for your route and cue sheet.
  • Having your control card design approved by the ACP, or ordering control cards from them.
  • Producing bike placards to be placed on riders' bike frames, or ordering them from the ACP.
  • Making sure each rider is properly insured (RUSA insurance not an option) and has executed a proper waiver.
  • Sending photographic and other ride validation evidence to the ACP on request.
  • Paying your ride fees to the ACP (5 euros/ride).
  • Submitting your results to the ACP at end of season (10/31).
  • Getting back the homologation numbers from them and providing them to your riders.
  • Making sure riders understand that they will get no RUSA credit (e.g., no RUSA Distance, R-12, etc.).
  • Being aware that there may be restrictions on what shape your route may take.
  • Being aware that your route may not be approved if there's already an approved route in that area or for other reasons
  • Being aware that your route may be approved initially but de-approved later if another route comes along later in your area that the ACP prefers.

TO RIDERS: If you are interested in riding a US or other Super Randonnée route:

  • You can find info on the program and routes available HERE.
  • You will be dealing with the route owner and potentially with the ACP.
  • Study the rules for support, photo validation, frame badge display, etc., as they're different from those for normal Permanents.
  • Make some arrangement to be covered by insurance.
  • There is no RUSA credit or result listing for your ride.

RUSA PROGRAM: We have seen a fair amount of interest in a RUSA domestic program, unrelated to the ACP one, and so we're exploring that option now.

Thanks to everyone who's shown interest in this concept, and happy riding!

2012 Board Election Results

We are pleased to report that Bill Beck has been elected and that Mike Dayton has been reelected to the RUSA Board of Directors. John Lee Ellis has been reelected as the RBA Liaison.

The vote tally for board candidates was: Bill Beck: 135; Mike Dayton: 199; Paul Johnson: 93; Tom Rosenbauer: 123; and Paul Rozelle: 88.

In voting for the RBA Liaison, these votes were recorded: John Lee Ellis: 13; Bob Riggs: 9. Only RBAs can vote for RBA Liaison candidates.

We express our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election this fall.

Accident Reporting now available

August 8, 2012

Accident Reporting as described in our most recent issue of American Randonneur is now available to RUSA members. You may now make a voluntary report by following the link under Member's Info.

Board Nominations

August 7, 2012

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. A nomination form is included in the Summer 2012 issue of the American Randonneur. (Please note that the form mis-identifies the current board members whose terms are expiring). A corrected nomination form is available. To submit your nominations, please mail the form to:

Mark Thomas
Randonneurs USA
13543 160th Ave NE
Redmond, WA  98052
Nominations may also be submitted by email to: mark@muthomas.net. The nominations deadline is September 15. Nominations must be received by that date.

RUSA American Explorer - Populaires Now Included

June 19, 2012

Qualifying rides for the RUSA American Explorer Award now include RUSA populaires, permanents populaire, and sub-200km darts. This may increase the number of states that you can claim.

RUSA Cup - New Award Now Available

March 21, 2012

The RUSA Cup is earned by completing all the types of RUSA events, and riding 5000km in total RUSA events, within two years. You must complete a 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k, and 1000k brevet, a 1200k-or-longer grand randonnée, a RUSA team event (Flèche, Arrow, or Dart), and a Populaire. Permanents and foreign events (such as PBP) don't count. The award is retroactive - you may use past events.

RUSA American Explorer - New Award Now Available

March 21, 2012

The RUSA American Explorer is earned by completing RUSA-sanctioned rides (including permanents) in different US states and territories. Initial recognition is achieved at the 10-state level and additional states are earned as you explore the nation.

Cecil Reniche-Smith resigns from RUSA board, Mike Dayton to serve remainder of term

March 15, 2012

We regret that Cecil Reniche-Smith has resigned from the Board due to personal time constraints. We are delighted that Mike Dayton has agreed to serve the remainder of her term. We are grateful to both of them for their service to our sport.

Mike Dayton receives 2011 American Randonneur Award

February 10, 2012

The recipient of the 2011 American Randonneur Award is Mike Dayton. View photo here.

Congratulations, Mike!

Deadline for American Randonneur Award Nominations Extended to January 15

December 29, 2011

The deadline for nominations for the American Randonneur for 2011 has been extended to January 15th.

Reminder: Call for PBP Stories, Photos, and Artwork

December 26, 2011

Janice Chernekoff reminds us that the deadline for PBP 2011 American stories and memories is approaching. If you would like your PBP 2011 story, photos and other art work included in our print publication which will be released mid-2012, please submit to Janice by December 31, 2011. Please title all inquiries and submission with an appropriate subject line such as PBP Submission and send to jchernekoff@yahoo.com. Thanks!

2011 American Randonneur Award

November 21, 2011

Once a year, the RUSA Board of Directors and the RUSA Awards Committee present an award to a member of the organization who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to randonneuring in the United States.

This person is to be recognized for having gone above and beyond the call of duty to help our niche of cycling grow. It can be a RBA who has dramatically increased brevet participation, a hard-working RUSA volunteer, or someone who has helped randonneuring flourish by a selfless act, good sportsmanship, camaraderie, or by being a good samaritan.

RUSA wishes to recognize that special volunteer and inspire others to do the same. This is a most prestigious award, a high honor of American Randonneuring. It is the only award we have that names a single winner; all other awards can be earned each season by any number of our members who qualify successfully.

This person must be a RUSA member. (Check the RUSA website Members Search to see if the person that you have in mind is a current member and note their membership number).

The American Randonneur Award is given by the RUSA Board. The names come from the general membership. The Board then votes on the award winner. Please note that the Board has decided to exempt itself from any active nominations for this award in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest that could then affect other Board matters. If an American Randonneur Award nomination comes in for a sitting Board member, it is held over until that s term of office is ended and then placed among the next batch of nominees.

You may nominate a member by email. To make a nomination by email, send your name and your RUSA membership number with your name and RUSA membership number to Johnny Bertrand at: johnny_bertrand@mindspring.com. Or fill out a candidate submission form (PDF) and send your nomination via the US Postal Service by December 31(UPDATE: Extended to Jan 15) .

Renew Your RUSA Membership Online

November 14, 2011

The RUSA Membership Office announces the availability of the new RUSA Online Membership Services. RUSA is now able to accept membership renewals online with payment by PayPal or by check. New memberships and change-of-address requests can also be accepted with the interface.

Newsletter Team Assembled

October 21, 2011

RUSA wishes to thank everyone who volunteered to help with our newsletter, American Randonneur. We're grateful for such an eager willingness to help from a terrific group of volunteers. We are in the process of developing a strong committee to take on this important role. Thank you all very much.

Board Election Results

October 17, 2011

We are pleased to report that Rob Hawks has been elected and that Eric Vigoren has been reelected to the RUSA Board of Directors. John Lee Ellis has been reelected as the RBA Liaison. The vote tally was:

Brenda Barnell107
Jonathan Berk47
*Rob Hawks126
Paul Johnson95
*Eric Vigoren196
 
John Lee Ellis 7

We express our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election this fall.

Call for PBP Stories, Photos, and Artwork

October 9, 2011

Janice Chernekoff has generously volunteered to edit a volume of PBP 2011 American stories and memories. Fortunately, her colleague and desktop publishing expert, Amy Brien, has graciously agreed to help with the design of the volume. We are pleased, therefore, to solicit PBP 2011 stories, photos and other art work that you think suitable for inclusion. Please try to select stories that have not been widely published elsewhere. All submissions must be submitted by December 31, 2011. We hope to have the volume ready for publication not later than mid-June 2012. Electronic submissions are preferred. Questions and submissions can be sent to Janice Chernekoff at jchernekoff@yahoo.com. Please title all inquiries and submission with an appropriate subject line such as PBP Submission. We look forward to hearing from you.

Vote - 2011 RUSA Board of Directors Election

August 30, 2011

Board elections are happening now until October 15. You can find a copy of the ballot and the candidate statements HERE.

Candidates - 2011 RUSA Board of Directors Election

July 27, 2011

Candidates in RUSA's 2011 Board of Directors election are:

  • Brenda Barnell
  • Jonathan Berk
  • Rob Hawks
  • Eric Vigoren
  • Paul Johnson

The position of RBA Representative to the Board becomes available each year.

The candidate for the position of RBA Representative in the 2011 election is John Lee Ellis.

Candidates' statements, along with ballots and instructions for voting, will be included in the next quarterly issue of the American Randonneur and on the RUSA website.

Call for RUSA Board Nominations

May 26, 2011

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. The General Membership List is available for viewing online at www.rusa.org. A nomination form is included in the May 2011 issue of the American Randonneur. You can find the nomination form online HERE. To submit your nominations, please mail the form to:

Mark Thomas
Brevet Coordinator
13543 160th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Nominations may also be submitted by email to: mark@muthomas.net. The nominations deadline is July 15. Nominations must be received by that date.

Order RUSA Reflective Vest Now

April 27, 2011

Introducing the long-awaited RUSA high-visibility, reflective cycling vest as part of the RUSA Safety in Cycling program. Lightweight, snug, stretchy, and comfy. Full zip, elastic waistband and RUSA logo on the front. Imported from France and PBP approved. Meets the EN 471 and EN 1150 High Visibility standards. Pre-order online by May 15. Expect delivery by July 31. Yellow only. Available in sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. $30.00 each.

USA PBP Wiki Now Online!

April 15, 2011

A new wiki has been created for PBP riders to share information. The site contains PBP map information, detailed information about PBP preregistration status, and more. Take a look and add your contributions to: http://pbpwiki.rusa.org/.

PBP Pre-registration starts this weekend

March 29, 2011

Just a friendly reminder. PBP2011 pre-registration starts this weekend for riders who rode an ACP 1000km brevet or an RM 1200km (or longer) brevet in 2010. (Actually 11/2009-10/2010).

The instruction page for PBP pre-registration includes the pre-registration schedule.

The instructions indicate that riders will need rider affiliation, rider license number and homologation number of longest 2010 brevet, but I'm fairly certain that for riders' whose affiliation is "Foreign" (i.e., non-France), the rider license number is inapplicable.

RUSA members can find the homologation numbers of any 2010 US ACP (200, 300, 400, 600, 1000) or RM (1200 or longer) events by results search on RUSA website. Homologation numbers for non-US RM events can be found at http://www.lesrandonneursmondiaux.org/homologations2011.html. For non-US ACP events, riders will probably need to consult the event organizers.

For clarity - note that the ACP uses the term "homologation number" and the RUSA results search function will give you a "Cert. No." for your brevet result. These are the same thing.

For a 2010 1000km brevet, it's probably a number in the 6000s. For a 2010 RM 1200km+ brevet, its a number in the 4000s. In the case of an RM brevet, please just use the numeric part (ignore the leading "US-") when pre-registering.

Bengt from Sweden posted today that you will indicate your choice of start time at pre-registration but that it can be changed with the final registration in June.

You'll need a credit card for the pre-registration deposit and your certificate number. I think that the registration is supposed to open on 4/3 at midnight, which would be the previous afternoon here. No need to rush, however, because it's not possible for the US quota to fill up this weekend. We just didn't have that many 1000/1200 riders.

Mark Thomas

The RUSA board approves a "Trinket" for the RUSA Populaires Program

March 28, 2011

Patch it! RUSA members who have completed twelve consecutive Populaire rides, Dart rides or Permanent-Populaire rides to earn the P-12 award, are qualified to order a P-12 Patch. The P-12 Award is earned by riding a sub-200km randonneuring event in each of 12 consecutive months. The counting sequence can commence during any month of the year, but must continue uninterrupted for another 11 months. The P-12 patch is an embroidered, 3-inch round patch, which honors a long cycling tradition of completing an extra-long club ride and receiving a patch at the finish. This is the first-ever patch offered by Randonneurs USA.

The P-12 patch is available for purchase through the RUSA Online Store.

For details on the P-12 award go to http://www.rusa.org/award_p12.html.

RUSA Membership required for PBP?

March 10, 2011

As you know, PBP aspirants will be registering directly online with the ACP. RUSA will have no intermediary role as in past years. Members can easily obtain their certificate numbers for their applications on our website as a benefit of membership. Non-members must wait for their cards to be returned to them by the organizer. (The exception is foreign riders, for whom we provide their numbers as a courtesy.)

Please convey this to your friends who are aiming for PBP. It is in their interest that they be a RUSA member, starting with their first qualifier. The same advice holds true for US 1200k's requiring qualifiers in 2011.

RUSA PBP 2011 Jersey Contest

February 15, 2011

RUSA would like to thank all the members who submitted thoughtful and creative designs to the RUSA PBP 2011 Jersey Contest. The selection committee chose the winning design (jersey #11) submitted by Mark Thomas, of Redmond, WA. Mark's design simply takes the official RUSA jersey and adds PBP 2011 design details in order to make this a RUSA collectable jersey. It's simple, straightforward and classic. Our members will be pleased to wear this special edition RUSA jersey at PBP and afterwards. As the PBP riders assemble in the field before each start, everyone will be able to recognize the Americans, when they see this familiar jersey, with a little French dressing. Congratulations, Mark!

This item is available by preorder only. Deadline to order is June 1. Visit the RUSA online store and order yours today.

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Quota Thoughts and PBP Registration Info

January 19, 2011

Mark Thomas has pulled together information about PBP registration deadlines, the historical number of participants, and some statistics on US brevet participation. You can find the results of his research HERE.

Thanks Mark!

P-12 Award Program Anounced

December 20, 2010

RUSA has a new award program called the P-12. Modeled after the R-12, this award is for members who ride a sub-200km randonneuring event in each of 12 consecutive months. Thanks go out to Bill Bryant for creating this excellent idea. You can read about how to qualify for this award at http://www.rusa.org/award_p12.html.

RUSA Board Election Results

October 18, 2010

We are pleased to report that Mark Thomas has been elected and that Lois Springsteen has been reelected to the RUSA Board of Directors. John Lee Ellis has been reelected as the RBA Liaison. We express our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election this fall.

RUSA PBP 2011 Jersey Design Contest

September 17, 2010

RUSA is looking for a dynamic design for our PBP 2011 jersey.

The RUSA member with the winning design will get bragging rights and a free jersey.

Design entries must include the front and back of the jersey. Design artwork can be submitted as a PDF, JPG, or TIFF file. The design must include the RUSA logo and the PBP logo. The words Randonneurs USA and Paris-Brest-Paris must be incorporated into the design.

Submit your design via e-mail to souvenirs@rusa.org by Dec. 31, 2010.

Board Election Deadline October 15

September 1, 2010

The deadline for casting ballots in the RUSA Board election is October 15.

Details HERE.

PBP August 21-25, 2011: Brochure Available

January 20, 2010

The brochure announcing PBP 2011 is now available for download HERE (pdf).

Happy New Year from Randonneurs USA!

January 1, 2010

At RUSA we're looking forward to another fine year of long-distance cycling. Many of our members are already getting excited about the next Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) in August of 2011. Brevets ridden in 2010 will have a potential impact on PBP registration. Here's what we know so far:

  • In the past, the ACP has required RUSA membership at the time the first qualifying event is ridden, so we're encouraging everyone to renew as soon as possible since some of your 2010 events may be used as preregistration enhancements for PBP.
  • We think that preregistration reserves your place "in line" among the registrants, which you can claim if/when you qualify in 2011 - hence no penalty to folks in northern/wintry climes. We'll let everyone know how this will work as soon as the details are finalized by the ACP.
  • The ACP may impose country quotas, but the details of how their plans will be implemented have not been finalized. Our country quota will probably improve based on the ACP-sanctioned brevets that our members ride in 2010.
  • The ACP says highest preregistration preference will be given to members completing a 1000k in 2010; those completing shorter brevets, will have incrementally less priority based on longest event ridden (600k, 400k, 300k).
  • RUSA is recommending that members wishing to participate in PBP 2011 should try to ride a Super Randonneur (SR) series in 2010. This will help our country quota and give you some individual registration priority. Of course, as always, final qualification will also depend upon successful completion of a full SR series in 2011.
Best wishes for a safe and successful year of meeting your randonneuring goals.

Qualifying for PBP: Status Update

October 28, 2009

Now that we've listed our 2010 calendar of brevets, some new questions have come in about PBP'11 qualifying, pre-registration, and RUSA's plans. Here's what we know now:

  • What effect does riding more brevets in 2010 have? - The main effect is to help the US country quota, although the magnitude of that effect is hard to predict. We have no indication from the ACP that the pure number of brevets ridden, or total distance, will enhance a given rider's placement within the country quota and we have decided that RUSA (if asked by the ACP to help implement the American quota) will not use a rider's total brevet distance as an entry factor, either. It's not at all clear that there will be more riders than places for them. In fact, history suggests that US rider demand should not greatly exceed supply (the quota). A qualified rider will have an excellent chance to ride PBP in 2011. Any enhancement-oriented riding (e.g., an ACP SR series or 1000k) would only increase those already very good odds.
  • What role will RUSA play in registering US riders and managing the US riding pool? - This is subject to the ACP's evolving plans. We have an excellent relationship with our friends at the ACP and RUSA is committed to advocate for all of our members who qualify to ride PBP, and to insure fairness for all American riders if a quota needs to be imposed.
  • Finally, our advice to those aspiring to do PBP in 2011: Ride an SR series in 2010 if you can, or a part of one. It's good training and will provide a fitness baseline for 2010 upon which you can build on in 2011. Try not to stress out, just do your rides, have fun with them and relax. Or, as the French might say, "Gardez vôtre sang-froid".

Election Results

October 18, 2009

We are pleased to report that Cecil Reniche-Smith has been elected and that Jennifer Wise has been reelected to the RUSA Board of Directors. John Lee Ellis has been reelected as the RBA Liaison. We express our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election this fall.

PBP 2011 Quota Update

September 2, 2009 (Revised October 25, 2009)

The ACP has revised its formula for calculating PBP 2011 entry quotas. Based on comments from us and other countries, the policy is meant to be more equitable to countries that host ACP brevets every year.

While the actual formula has not yet been published, here is our understanding. Each country will have a basic quota based on that country's number of entrants and finishers in PBP 2007. Each country will then have an additional allocation based on the number kilometers homologated for it in 2010. (So a rider's 1000k finish would count for five times as much as a 200k finish.) It is meant to take into account a country's growth since PBP'07.

This reinforces our earlier advice to RBAs to schedule at least one ACP brevet series in 2010, and to schedule all brevets that fit the ACP distances as ACP-sanctioned. Having folks ride more ACP brevets in 2010 helps our quota. RBAs should not feel the need to schedule more events than they can comfortably handle. Riders should not feel the need to ride more events than they can comfortably accommodate in order to have a chance of going to PBP in 2011. The ratio of our quota to rider demand has yet to be seen. And of course the ACP may refine or revise these provisions as time goes on.

Still, we hope this information will allow riders to better plan for 2011.

Best wishes for your 2010 and remaining 2009 events!

RUSA Board of Directors and RBA Representative Elections

August 15, 2009

It is time again for our annual elections. Five RUSA members (Ed Felker, Phyllis Hamilton, Greg Olmstead, Cecil Reniche-Smith, and Jennifer Wise) have been nominated for positions on the RUSA Board. RUSA member John Lee Ellis has been nominated for the position of RBA Liaison. The general board members serve three-year terms, while the RBA Liaison, nominated by the RBAs, serves a one-year term.

For a copy of the ballot and to read about the candidates, visit http://rusa.org/vote.html.

Ballots are due by October 15.

Call for RUSA Board Nominations

April 28, 2009

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. The General Membership List is available for viewing online at www.rusa.org. A nomination form is included in the May 2009 issue of the American Randonneur. You can find the nomination form online at HERE. To submit your nominations, please mail the form to:

Edward Robinson
RUSA Secretary
3750 N. Sam Houston Blvd.
San Benito, TX 78586.

Nominations may also be submitted by email to: edward.e.robinson@gmail.com .

The nominations deadline is July 1. Nominations must be postmarked by that date, or emailed no later than the end of that day.

Call for RBA Representative Nominations

April 28, 2009

Under RUSA's Constitution the Regional Brevet Administrators appoint one of the current RBAs to serve as an elected Director on RUSA's board. The elected RBA may not already be serving on the board. Only RBAs can nominate other RBAs. The term of office for the Director is one year.

The list of current RBAs is available for viewing online at www.rusa.org. A nomination form is included in the May 2009 issue of the American Randonneur. You can find the nomination form online at HERE. To submit your nominations, please mail the form to:

Edward Robinson
RUSA Secretary
3750 N. Sam Houston Blvd.
San Benito, TX 78586.

Nominations may also be submitted by email to: edward.e.robinson@gmail.com .

The nominations deadline is July 1. Nominations must be postmarked by that date, or emailed no later than the end of that day.

RUSA Distance Awards Include All Permanent Rides

April 19, 2009

Effective January 1, 2009, each Permanent ride by a RUSA member will count toward the member's annual kilometer total, and thus toward the member's eligibility for Distance Awards. This includes repeat rides of a particular Permanent route. Under the former rule, RUSA members were entitled to distance credit only once per year for riding a given Permanent route; that restriction has been eliminated. For more information on the annual Distance Awards, visit http://www.rusa.org/award_rd.html.

ACP Announces PBP 2011 Plans to Limit Entries

April 5, 2009

The ACP's Jean-Gualbert FABUREL (one of its Vice Presidents) has sent an email to all of the RM member countries explaining plans to limit entries for PBP 2011. You can read his announcement HERE. RUSA is still studying the implications for our members.

RUSA Distance Award stock has arrived

April 3, 2009

RUSA Distance Award stock has arrived and will be shipped out by our volunteer to applicants in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for your understanding and patience, and congratulations on your distance achievements!

Super Randonneur Jersey Contest Winner

March 6, 2009 The RUSA board would like to thank RUSA members Dion Dyer, Bruce Chandler, Robert Higdon and Jennifer Wise for submitting designs to the RUSA Super Randonneur jersey contest. Each design was distinctly different from the next, and each contained elements representing the achievement of being a Super Randonneur. Members can view all the entries at http://sr-jersey.rusa.org/. In the end, design # 1 was chosen to be the official RUSA SR jersey. The RUSA Super Randonneur jersey will be available for sale to any RUSA member who has completed a RUSA sanctioned Super Randonneur brevet series. The jersey will be produced and sold on a pre-order basis only. Members may pre-order the jersey via the RUSA online store http://www.rusa.org. The deadline to order is October 1. Super Randonneur jersey orders are expected to be filled and shipped by December 31. Questions? contact souvenirs@rusa.org.

Crossword Puzzle Solution

February 1, 2009

The solution to the February 2009 Crossword puzzle can be found HERE and HERE(pdf).

Last Chance to Order a RUSA 10th Anniversary Medal

November 28, 2008

Attention members! There are still a few RUSA 10th Anniversary medals left in stock. If you completed a RUSA sanctioned brevet on the weekend of August 16-17 2008, and would like a commemorative RUSA 10th Anniversary medal, order it now from the RUSA Online Store at http://www.rusa.org/cgi-bin/store_GF.pl. Going, going, gone!

Super Randonneur Jersey Design Contest!

November 15, 2008

RUSA invites members to submit a design for the new RUSA Super Randonneur jersey. The member who submits the winning design will get the honour of seeing his or her jersey fabricated and made available for all RUSA members who have completed a Super-Randonneur series of RUSA brevets in a single year. The winner will also receive a complimentary jersey (SR jersey if SR-qualified; otherwise, a RUSA jersey). Entries must show the front and back of the jersey in color. Entries must be emailed to souvenirs@rusa.org in a PDF, JPG or TIFF format. Designs must be submitted by February 1 2009. The RUSA board will review entries. The winning design will be chosen by the board and announced in the May 2009 newsletter.

RUSA Election Results:Robinson, Vigoren, Ellis Win Board Seats

October 22, 2008

Thank you to Randonneurs USA members for voting in record numbers this year. The results are in.

Edward Robinson and Eric Vigoren have been elected to the RUSA Board for three-year terms from 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2011. Robinson will fill the seat of retiring board member Mark Thomas, who was not eligible for reelection. Vigoren has been on the board since January 1, 2008, serving out the remainder of the term (1/1/2008-12/31/2008) vacated by Terry Zmrhal's resignation.

John Lee Ellis, a former board member and RUSA Vice President, rejoins the board following his election as RBA Liaison.

Edward and John Lee join continuing board members Don Hamilton, Lois Springsteen, Jennifer Wise, Eric Vigoren and Mike Dayton.

Thanks to Mark Thomas (current RUSA President) for his years of service to U.S. randonneurs and his leadership of RUSA. His presence on the board will be missed and his counsel will continue to be sought.

10th Anniversary Medals

August 18, 2008

RUSA 10th Anniversary Celebration Medals are sold out. Members who did a RUSA 10th Anniversary ride and did not get a medal may place an order at the RUSA Online Store through September 14th. One medal per member, please. The medals will take four to six weeks to manufacture. Members can expect to receive their medals by the end of October.

Any RBA who pre-ordered too many medals may return them to RUSA for credit. Medals must be returned to RUSA by September 1 to obtain this credit. Send medals to: Greg Olmstead, RUSA Medals, P.O. Box 82371, San Diego, CA 92138.

RUSA Online Store Opens

April 28, 2008

RUSA's Online Store has re-opened for business. In addition to our standard lineup of apparel, reflective gear, and logo items, you may purchase ACP brevet medals that you have earned.

The store accepts instant payments via PayPal; personal checks and money orders are also accepted.

Select "Online Store" in the menu bar to visit the store.

Missing or Incomplete PBP Packets

April 1, 2008

The ACP has mailed out packets to 2007 PBP participants. Although the packets were mailed out from France at the end of January, some are still trickling into riders' mailboxes. The packets include a finishers medal (if appropriate), the rider's brevet card, a DVD of the event, and a results booklet.

It appears that the mailing supplies used by the ACP did not, in all cases, protect the contents well. We have received numerous reports of missing medals. We have also heard about other materials being lost or damaged. In addition, some riders report that no packet has arrived.

Mark Thomas is working with the ACP to obtain replacements for missing or damaged items to the extent possible. If your packet has not arrived or has arrived with missing or damaged items and you have not already contacted Mark, please do so.

If you have not received anything at all from the ACP, please let Mark know as well.

Share your Ride Photos

February 8, 2008

Hello RUSA members,

In an attempt to freshen up the photos section of the RUSA website (which currently only contains photos from PBP 1999), we are enlisting the help of anyone who has had the courage to bring a camera along on brevets - either as a rider or a volunteer. We are seeking quality images that represent the experience and spirit of randonneuring across the USA. We will initially use Flickr to gather photos and link to them through the photo section on the RUSA website.

There are two ways that you can submit photos:

  1. You can upload photos to Flickr, join the RUSA group, and add the photos to the group. When submitting photos to the group, please make sure to tag each photo with the name of your randonneuring club, event distance, event date and any other pertinent information to help out with user searches in the pool.
  2. You can email photos to me at rusaphoto@gmail.com and I will upload them to the RUSA group on Flickr. If possible, please send photos that are at least 72 dpi, are at least 800x600 pixels and file size should not exceed 1.4mb. Also, be sure to include the name of your randonneuring club, event distance, event date and any other information about the photo that you'd like to include.

Please email me with any questions. I look forward to seeing some great images from around the country!

Nate Armbrust
RUSA Photo Editor

ACP Brevet Medal Sales

January 28, 2008

In 2008, Randonneurs USA will have a new, more streamlined process for members to receive the ACP brevet medals for brevets of 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km, and 1000km. The medals will be new too, because the ACP changes the medal design after each PBP. The new medal designs can be seen in the medal gallery.

As in prior years, Regional Brevet Administrators may pre-order medals for distribution to finishers at the conclusion of a brevet. However, if your RBA chooses not to do this, you will now have the option of ordering your medals directly from RUSA.

RBAs will no longer handle post-season orders and sales; if you don't purchase your medals at the conclusion of each event, you will need to get them from the RUSA store.

This revision in the medal program comes in response to suggestions and complaints from both riders and RBAs. Riders would order medals, pay the RBA, and then wait many months or possibly until year's end to receive them. A few RBAs prefer not to have to deal with medal sales at all.

Under the new procedures, members will be able to go to RUSA's online medal store and order ACP brevet medals and other RUSA awards that they have earned. Medals for an event will be available once the results for that event have been processed.

ACP brevet medals will be $8.50 each with a flat $3.00 per order for shipping. We expect to receive the 2008 ACP brevet medals in early February. The medal store will open approximately April 10. The store location will be announced.

RUSA volunteers will handle the shipping of medals and other items ordered through the online store. While they will strive to fulfill orders as quickly as possible, there may be times when they are away on business, vacation, or even out on a brevet. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing your orders and if possible, order all of your season's medals together.

Election Results

October 8, 2007

Thank you to Randonneurs USA members for voting in record numbers this year. The results are in. Mike Dayton and Lois Springsteen have been elected to serve for terms from 1/1/2008 to 12/31/2010, replacing retiring board members John Lee Ellis and Tim Sullivan. Eric Vigoren will serve out the remainder of the term (1/1/2008-12/31/2008) vacated by Terry Zmrhal's earlier resignation. Susan France has been re-elected as RBA Liaison. Mike, Lois, Eric, and Susan join continuing board members Don Hamilton, Mark Thomas, and Jennifer Wise.

Thanks to John Lee Ellis (current RUSA VP) and Tim Sullivan (current RUSA Treasurer) for their years of terrific service to US randonneurs and to RUSA. Their presence on the board will be missed and their counsel will continue to be sought.

Randonneur-5000 Award

October 1, 2007

The ACP has let us know that they will accept Randonneur 5000 award requests this year. In the past, they have not done so in PBP years. The time period is tight. Please wait until official PBP results are posted. Also if you are using a 2007 Fleche, please wait until those certificate numbers are available on the RUSA website. Then send your application in to RUSA by 10/21 (or you can wait and apply in 2008).

RUSA Members PBP 2007 Roster Online with frame numbers and more

August 1, 2007

RUSA members frame numbers, inspection times, and start times are now listed at http://www.rusa.org/rusa-at-pbp2007.html

Announcing the Long-Awaited Arrival of the Official RUSA Wool Cycling Jersey!

March 15, 2007

Just in time for those chilly all-night brevets, the woolies have arrived! New in stock, and in limited quantities, is the Official Randonneurs Wool Jersey, in long-sleeve and short sleeve. Make a bold retro-randonneur fashion statement by being the first in your region to wear the wool RUSA jersey. (see attached photos.)

Beautifully made by United, this jersey comes in short-sleeve and long-sleeve in sizes M-L-XL-XXL for men. It also comes in short-sleeve and long-sleeve for women in sizes S-M-L. Sizing runs true to size. You can use the same sizing chart on the RUSA Souvenir website to determine your size for this jersey.

Makes a great Mother's Day or Father's Day gift for the female or male randonneur in your household.

Use the newly updated RUSA Souvenir Order Form to place your order today.

New Version of Rules For Riders

December 27, 2006

A new version of the Rules For Riders document has been posted to the web site. These new rules immediately supercede the previous version. You can view the new rules HERE.

Free 3M Scotchlite for Randonneurs USA Members

March 7, 2006

3M has donated a generous supply of Scotchlite Reflective Adhesive Material, which Randonneurs USA is now offering to its members free of charge. For more information: http://www.rusa.org/Download/rusa-scotchlite.pdf.


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