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-- About Randonneuring
There are a number of special international and domestic awards available to members of Randonneurs USA. Because our sport is non-competitive, RUSA does not have special trophies for those who rode the most brevet kilometers or who climbed the most hills. Nor do we have categories for age, gender, type of machine, etc. Our awards are earned by simply finishing events inside the time limit; participation and determination are the two essential things needed to earn randonneuring honors.
Earning and Applying for Awards
If you have earned one of the awards described below, you can apply for it online. In most cases, applications can be approved automatically. Once approved, your medal or award can be purchased through the online store.
BRM (Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux) medals are offered by the ACP for finishing ACP-sanctioned brevets. They are in denominations of 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k, and 1000k. If you have finished RUSA-organized ACP brevets, you may order medals for them through the RUSA online store.
Audax Club Parisien has two international honors: the Super Randonneur and the Randonneur 5000 awards. The Super Randonneur award recognizes those riders who finish an ACP-sanctioned brevet series of 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, and 600 km in a calendar year. The Randonneur 5000 award is for those riders completing at least 5000 kilometers of brevets (including a Paris-Brest-Paris, a full ACP series of 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km, and 1000 km brevets, and a Flèche team event) within a four-year period.
Randonneurs Mondiaux awards a special medal to finishers of 1200 km and longer randonnèes (other than PBP). If you have finished RUSA-organized RM randonnées, you may order medals for them through the RUSA online store.
The International Super Randonneur (ISR) award recognizes riders who complete brevets in multiple countries. A rider can complete a Super Randonneur series, (i.e., 200, 300, 400 and 600km brevets), with each ride in a different country, over any period of time, and become an International Super Randonneur. Elevated ISR awards are also recognized; for example, a rider completing three 600km rides in different countries in Europe and one 1000km in North America would be designated a Two-Continents International Super Randonneur 600.
The Can-Am Challenge recognizes riders who complete a Canadian and a US 1200km or longer Randonneurs Mondiaux sanctioned event within the same calendar year.
Photographs of some of these awards can be seen in our International Award Gallery.
RUSA Distance Awards recognize riders who accumulate 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, or 5000 kilometers in RUSA events during a calendar year.
The K-Hound Award honors riders who accumulate 10,000Km in RUSA events or foreign ACP or RM-sanctioned events in a calendar year.
The Ultra Randonneur Award recognizes those who have completed ten Super Randonneur series over any number of years.
A lifetime achievement of 40,000 km in RUSA events (the approximate circumference of the Earth) is celebrated by the Mondial Award. Similarly, the Galaxy Award recognizes a lifetime achievement of 100,000 km in RUSA events.
For the ambitious randonneur, there is the American Randonneur Challenge. This is awarded by RUSA to anyone who finishes two or more of the US 1200k events in a single season. The Coast-to-Coast 1200km award recognizes the completion of four different RUSA 1200km events over an unlimited time span.
The American Explorer Award recognizes those that have ridden in at least ten different U.S. states and territories. Additional states achieved are also recognized.
The RUSA Cup is earned by completing at least one of each type of RUSA calendared event, while accumulating 5000km in total, over a two-year period.
American randonneurs and randonneuses who complete Paris-Brest-Paris in less than 56h41 become members of La Société Charly Miller.
On the occasion of RUSA's tenth anniversary (August 16-17, 2008), a commemorative medal was struck and offered to members who completed a RUSA brevet, populaire, or team ride on that weekend.
Once a year, the RUSA Board of Directors and the RUSA Awards Committee present The American Randonneur Award to a RUSA member who has made a significant and outstanding contributions to randonneuring in the United States. Nominations for this award are made by the membership.
Photographs of some of these awards can be seen in our Domestic Award Gallery.
Revision: December 10, 2013
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