Randonneurs USA

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Randonneurs USA or RUSA is the Audax Club Parisien-approved brevet coordinating organization for the United States. U.S. Cyclists riding in the Paris–Brest–Paris qualify for the event through RUSA. RUSA also promotes randonneuring within the U.S..

Randonneuring is a style of bicycle riding that requires covering long-distances within a generously allotted time period of almost continuous riding. As randonneurs, riders do not compete against their fellow cyclists, but only against their own personal best, the weather and the mind's desire for sleep. Skills in self-sufficiency, bicycle mechanics, night-riding and endurance are all valued over ability to cycle at racing speeds or with racing strategies.


RUSA was formed in 1998 by Jennifer Wise, Johnny Bertrand and John Wagner, along with six others.

    1 Jennifer     Wise        Middletown       RI
    2 Johnny       Bertrand    Georgetown       KY
    3 John         Wagner      Seattle          WA
    4 Dave         Jordan      Arlington        MA
    5 Sherry       Reed        Columbus         OH
    6 Charlie      Henderson   Littleton        CO
    7 Bill         Bryant      Santa Cruz       CA
    8 Lois         Springsteen Santa Cruz       CA
    9 Pierce       Gafgen      Middletown       RI

RUSA Specific Events[edit]

In addition to the support for ACP events, RUSA offers several other events including RUSA-ONLY brevets. A very popular RUSA only event is the Permanent.

The Permanent is a members-only event where a member can contact a Permanent Owner to sign up to do the Permanent and then eventually ride the Permanent. The Permanent can be used to help complete other RUSA ONLY awards such as the R-12 or RUSA Distance Awards.

A great way for a rider to get introduced to Randonneuring is by riding a Populaire, which is a shorter distance Brevet - 100-199 km in length. By doing so, newcomers get to know and learn about long distance rides style and rules of Randonneuring.

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