Welcome to Kansas City Ultra Cycling!

Thanks for stopping by and WELCOME to KCUC's home on the web!

This is the official site for ACP and RUSA-sanctioned rides in the Kansas City Area.

KCUC has no membership dues: We welcome all riders!
We offer rides ranging from 100-to-1,000 kilometers in length.
Come ride with us and see what randonneuring is all about!

If medals or awards are sought, RUSA membership becomes a requirement, which starts at $20/yr.
See the RUSA webpage for membership details!
Non-RUSA-members may participate in ACP Brevets with KCUC for a $5.00 fee.
Riders interested in permanents must be RUSA members for ride credit.

RUSA membership is a great value and is national in coverage - you can travel the country and ride a myriad of events with different clubs, all towards mileage awards!

Click HERE to join RUSA!

Look for the latest news directly below, and scroll down farther for information
on how to register for our rides, apply for medals, and MORE!

Latest News:

Registration for ACP Brevets

Here's your rider checklist for KCUC brevet registration:

1] Download and print the 2015 entry form & waiver

2] Complete the registration form & select your rides
■ pre-registering for 4 or more events saves $10!
Day-of registration adds $2 per event - it pays to pre-reg!
3] Fully populate and sign the waiver

4] Join RUSA!
■ Make your rides "count"! Earn Awards!
■ RUSA magazine!
■ RUSA's rider handbook!
■ Only $20/year!

5] Mail your completed registration, waiver, & check to . . .
Bob Burns
P.O. Box 1387
Blue Springs, MO. 64013

phone (816)229-6071
FAX (816)229-6664
Email: bobgburns555@aol.com

Feel free to email Bob if you have questions,
especially for special events like
the Fleche and the 1,000km Brevet.

(Hey, what's a brevet?)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A 2014 wrap-up, KCUC Welcome, and Awards & Accolades

Howdy, randonneurs and randonueses!
Happy Holidays, and - soon - Happy New Year!
A few notes as we wrap up an exciting 2014 season . . .

- Don't forget to renew your RUSA membership!  Most memberships will expire on 12/31, which is just around the corner at this writing. Renewal is easy and can be done online in just a few minutes:  click here for RUSA's renewal page


- We've got new members!  Oh, yes we do!  2015 will be a terrific year for everyone, especially with P-B-P coming in August . . . let's do all we can to help our new members get up to speed and riding strong, whatever their goal might be in the coming year

Please Welcome . . .
RUSA 9943, Joe Fox, Parkville, MO.RUSA 10019, Jeff Harmon, Raytown, MO.RUSA 10058, Desiral Haggar, Overland Park, KS.
Look forward to these new faces and more once the Spring 2015 brevet series begins!


- Finally, after months of hard riding and tenacity, let's congratulate KCUC's RUSA award winners for the last quarter of 2014!
Be sure to high-five these guys (if that's what you're in to - ha) at the next ride - these awards are a big deal!  Check the RUSA awards page for details on what else RUSA offers, so you can stretch your limits in 2015 - the sky's the limit!


In addition, it's a privilege to recognize Spencer Klaassen for his re-election to the RUSA board as RBA-L, the regional brevet administrator liaison.  This position ensures RBAs have a voice within RUSA and a hand in its future, driving for continued growth and solving issues to help the sport thrive.  Thank you, Spencer, for your service!


Finally, all the best wishes for a healthy, happy holiday season - and happy new year!

If I've omitted anyone from this last-half-of-2014 round-up, it's certainly not intentional. Please accept my sincerest apologies.  Please don't hesitate to drop me, Keith Gates, an email and I'll ensure you are included in our next post - EVERY member is important and has a voice; don't hesitate!

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Schedule for 2015 posted & PBP note

Please note our new 2015 schedule of brevets posted at left . . . this is approved with RUSA and the ACP, so mark your calendars!

2015 is a big year, and KCUC is your P-B-P connection!
If you have P-B-P aspirations, please take a moment to email the RBA, Bob Burns.
Bob has ridden P-B-P many times... 2011. 2007, 2003, 1999, 1995, 1991, 1987.... you get the idea!
P-B-P is the pinnacle of randonneuring, and KCUC's strong history with the event will take you far.
We look forward to training with you this coming Spring!

Registration for RUSA Permanents

Pre-registration is required for all KCUC Permanents:

download the Permanents waiver and entry form here, complete, sign and mail to:

Spencer Klaassen

1617 S. 20th St.

St. Joseph, MO. 64507

(816)390-8920 voice

Email: sklaassen@ponyexpress.net

(Hey, what's a permanent?)

note: The permanents coordinator volunteers for the benefit and convenience of the Kansas City Area riders. Any RUSA member may develop their own permanent route, however for consistency, safety, and fairness to all area riders we ask that you consider working with the current system and emailing the RPC with your permanent route ideas. Thank you!

Start Locations and Motels:

Grandview Start: MAP
Start Location: Shopping Center 1854 S. 71Hwy (W Outer Rd) /
Motel: Roadway, 15201 S. 71 Hwy., Grandview, MO. (E Outer Rd) - Ph. 816-331-0300

K.C.K. (Kansas City, Kansas) Start: MAP
Start Location: American Motel, 7949 Splitlog (I-70 West, Exit #414: 78th Street) / Motel: (same) American Motel - Ph.913-299-2999

Liberty Start: MAP
Start Location: Perkins Restaurant, 100 N. 291 Hwy., Liberty, MO. / Motel: Holiday Inn Express, 8230 N. Church, Liberty, MO. - Ph. 816-781-5555

UPDATED: Oak Grove Start: MAP
Start Location: Econolodge, 410 SE 1st Street (across from Wal-Mart), Oak Grove, MO. (From KC: I-70 East, Exit 28) Motel: (same) Econolodge - Ph. 816-690-3681

Olathe Start: MAP
Start Location: Starbuck's Coffee, 15094 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062 (additional parking at Hy-Vee, SE corner of intersection) / Hotel: Days Inn, 20662 W. 151st St., Olathe, KS., 66061 (same parking lot) - Ph. 913-390-9500

Shawnee Start: MAP
Start Location: Phillips 66 / Subway Store, 16675 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 66217 / Hotel: Hampton Inn, 16555 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS., 66217 (same parking lot) - Ph. 913-248-1900

Topeka Start: MAP
Start Location: Dillon's Grocery, 6829 Southwest 29th Street, Topeka, KS., 66614 - Dillon's Ph. 785-228-4200 /
Motel: Country Inn & Suites, 6020 Southwest 10th St., Topeka, KS. - Ph. 785-478-9800

**Note on motel use - it's a good idea! **

Brevets are long, tiring rides. There have been a few recorded instances of tired randonneurs “nodding off” at the wheel on their way home, with expensive and painful consequences. Don’t let this happen to you: if you’re tired, stay an extra night!



Like any other event, volunteers make it happen. If you, or anyone you know, have an interest in helping make our brevets a success PLEASE contact our RBA, Bob Burns.

Here's a short list of things you can do:

1. Registration duties, taking entries (1 hour before the ride)
2. Checking & Inspecting Velos (1 hour before the ride)
3. Manning a “secret” checkpoint. (Secret checkpoints are mandated by ACP and are designed to encourage riders to “follow the route”)
4. Handling a “bag drop” (on the 600K or 1000K rides)


Medals & Awards:

ACP supplies medals for ACP-validated Brevets.  These are available in the U. S. for members of RUSA.  There is a specific medal for each distance (200, 300, 400, 600, & 1000 KM).  For each distance, the medals' design is similar but distinct to create a “family” of medals.  The same design is kept for four years and a new design is introduced in the new season after each PBP.  It is worth buying a complete set of medals, one for each distance, every four years.  There are also special RUSA medals for different distances and groups of rides - visit www.RUSA.org and look under "Medals" for more details.

(Note: All medals must be ordered from RUSA via the online store)


Do I Need Reflective Gear?

While the answer is generally "yes", RUSA rules specify (and your safety depends upon) the use of reflective gear before sunrise and after sundown; see Article 10, below. Civil Twilight times have always served as a good guideline, and a table can be found HERE.
Be prepared!


Rules & Regulations:

It is the responsibility of ALL RIDERS riding a RUSA or ACP-sanctioned event organized by our RBA and/or RPC to read and know the RUSA rules. Read Them Carefully - Rules will be enforced during all KCUC Events! No Exceptions!

Brevet Rules

Permanent Rules

Randonneurs USA Rules for Brevet Riders, CONDENSED:

These rules have been condensed to allow quick reading by our members - these do not take the place of the complete rule-set, and no-one should assume it does. If you have a specific concern the condensed rules below do not address, refer to the links above and read the complete rules thoroughly. If anything on this website is in conflict with the RUSA rules, RUSA RULES.
(See article 17.)

Article 2 These brevets are open to any amateur cyclist regardless of his or her cycling affiliations. Any form of human-powered vehicle is acceptable. The only stipulation is that the vehicle must be powered solely by the rider.

Article 3 To participate in a brevet a rider must complete a registration form, sign a waiver of liability, and pay the registration fee set by the event organizer.

Article 4 When taking part in a brevet, the rider accepts and consents to the possibile publication of their name, time result, and photograph by the organizer.

Article 5 During the event, each rider is considered to be on a personal ride. The rider must ride in accordance with all applicable traffic codes, obey all traffic signals, and use bike paths when required by law. When riding, all riders must wear an approved helmet. The ACP, RUSA, and other organizers cannot and do not accept responsibility for any accidents that may occur during the course of a brevet.

Article 6 Each rider must be self sufficient. No personal follow cars or support of any kind are permitted on the course. Personal support is only allowed at checkpoints. Any violation of this requirement will result in immediate disqualification. All riders are required to conduct themselves in a civil manner and abide by all applicable vehicle codes, laws, and regulations. All riders are required to respect local customs with regards to decorum.

Article 7 At the start, each rider will receive a brevet card and a cue sheet indicating the route and the location of the checkpoints. Every rider must stop at each checkpoint to have his or her card verified. Organizers may also include unannounced "secret" checkpoints along the route. If a rider leaves the route, he or she must return to the route at the same point prior to continuing, ie. no shortcuts or detours from the route, unless specified by the organizer.

Article 8 Organizers may have checkpoints at establishments with no member of the organizing staff present. At these checkpoints riders must get their brevet card verified at a local establishment that the organizer specifies as a checkpoint, such as a grocery store or gas station. Checkpoint verification information to be noted on the brevet card includes the time and the date of passage (for brevets that extend beyond 24 hours). Missing checkpoint verification, missing checkpoint times, or loss of the brevet card (regardless of how far into the ride a rider is) will result in disqualification. Each rider is responsible for seeing that his or her brevet card is properly completed at each checkpoint.

Article 9 Overall time limits vary for each brevet according to the distance. These are: (in hours and minutes, HH:MM) 13:30 for 200 KM, 20:00 for 300 KM, 27:00 for 400 KM, 40:00 for 600 KM, and 75:00 for 1000 KM. Additionally, riders must arrive at each checkpoint between the opening and closing time for the checkpoint. These times are noted on the brevet card with the information for the checkpoints.

Article 10 For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders' lights must meet the requirements of local laws. A rider is not permitted to cycle at night or in other low-light conditions without working front and rear lights attached to the vehicle; therefore backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside. Each rider, whether riding in a group or alone, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights! During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions, all riders must wear a reflective vest, sash, Sam Browne belt, or some other device that clearly places reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During these times all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle. (Due to their unusual seating position, recumbent riders may modify their reflective torso devices to show better from front and rear.) Other reflective devices on clothing, shoes, helmets, and machines are encouraged for increased safety - but they are extra and may not take the place of the minimum items listed above. Any violation of these night riding rules will result in the immediate disqualification of the rider.

Article 11 At the finish, the rider must sign his or her brevet card and return it to the event organizer. The brevet card will be returned to the rider after the brevet has been verified and a brevet number issued.

Article 12 These brevets are not competitive events, so no rider classifications are made. Results are published alphabetically, not by arrival time.

Article 15 Any fraud, cheating, or deliberate violation of these rules will result in the exclusion of the rider from all RUSA-, RM-, and ACP-sponsored events.

Article 17 Randonneurs USA will be the final arbiter of any questions that arise which may not be covered explicitly in these rules.


Disclaimer for Routes, Maps, Cue Sheets:

The routes represented by cue sheet and/or map on this website were submitted by riders like you. KCUC makes no representations as to the accuracy of the cue sheets/maps or to the practicality or safety of following/riding these routes. Maps/cue sheets posted here are based on the best available data when they were composed. Your exact mileage may vary. The routes follow regular, public-access roads used by automobiles and trucks and these roads have no special provisions for bicycling. Road conditions may have changed since the cue sheet or map was created; road signs may disappear or become turned; departments of transportation may rename or remove roads; road conditions may improve or deteriorate; bridges may be reconstructed, closed or moved; roads may be made one-way; construction may exist; natural concerns like flooding, downed trees or residual snow may block a road; gas stations and stores may close, relocate or change operating hours; housing developments or businesses may develop; traffic densities may change. At organized and sanctioned brevets, all known route issues will be announced at the riders briefing immediately prior to the start time of that event. Persons should possess adequate cycling skills, be knowledgeable of vehicular laws, and be able to obey the rules of the road at all times before attempting to follow any of these routes. Persons following any of the routes represented on this website, or following routes based on cue sheets and/or maps presented upon registration for/at a KCUC brevet or permanent, assume all risks for their own personal safety, health and well-being, and assume all risks with regards to equipment including their human-powered vehicle, anything that attaches to it, anything worn or used by the rider during the course of following the route, as well as transportation to and from the routes’ start/finish location, and agree not to hold KCUC or any of its members or contributors legally liable for any loss, inconvenience, injury or damage that might occur. Regardless of any guise of organization, all riders (including non-members) that follow any of the routes/maps listed here or distributed by our members are embarking on a personal ride and agree to the above.

Every rider on every ride will be required to sign a liability release form. These will be provided at the start of each event.

Download entry form and print here


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