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!
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Latest News

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mark Jilka visitation & funeral information

  The visitation & funeral for Mark Jilka will take place in his home town of Manhattan, KS.  Visitation takes place Tuesday evening, with the funeral service on Wednesday.

http://ymlfuneralhome.com/obituary/5238

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Moment for Mark, please

​It is with particular sadness I write to report the loss of one of our own, Mr. Mark Jilka, a long-time participant with our randonneuring group.  Mark had been riding southbound on the shoulder of K-177, approximately 3 miles south of Manhattan, KS., when a vehicle - also travelling south - presumably left the lane and struck him from behind.  The internet news links below contain details - I take no pleasure in posting this information, however, we felt compelled to inform the cycling public and our members as soon as possible.  Please take a few moments to remember Mark.  Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Summer Construction Season

The internet is a terrific resource for checking for the possibility of road construction across the kilometers of brevets and permanents we randonneurs cover annually, but success often depends on the region's resources:  finding a good public works website for Jackson County, MO. will be much easier than finding the same for, say, Brown County, KS.  Often times, one simply has to roll the dice and deal with whatever happens out there.

Remember, if construction surprises you while on a ride, take heart - give your ride organizer a phone call, talk it out.  Most times, the signed detour will be the right choice; other times it may add too many 'bonus' miles and threaten a control time window.  Never discount gravel:  a couple rough miles may be worth the time saved!  Remember to stop, relax, and smile - it's just another one of those randonneuring tests of our resourcefulness.  Get back on the route, and enjoy.

For KCUC permanents, a few known construction sites include:

- Renner Road closed btwn 87th and 79th.  Affecting Princeton Roundabout, WMGM.  Detour via adjacent neighborhood roads connects riders to 87th street west of Renner with little/no affect on mileage. 

- (More as we hear of them)

Stay safe; ride lots!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Map Updates in Progress

Hi, randonneurs and randonueses; 

A quick message from your web-master (the term "master" is used VERY loosely here):
Slowly but surely I will be taking time to update all of the currently-listed brevet map links to "Ride With GPS" format.  This represents a large improvement over the older online mapping tool I'd been using in several ways, and is also far more portable to various technologies our riders are beginning to adopt.  Further, it is currently what RUSA's permanents coordinator requests from those designing permanent routes - so, that seems like a good reason to adopt it as a standard, of sorts.  Lastly, a few of the maps hadn't been update to follow cue-sheet updates over the years, so it's a good opportunity to clean house, too.

The first route to benefit is the Junction City 600K, which our brave riders finished over the weekend, despite heavy weather and lots of wind!  Bravo!

Some Ride With GPS benefits to look for:

  • Each segment of the ride (control-to-control) is drawn in a contrasting color
    • Allows visualization of length of each segment between controls
    • Allows easier location of control points on map
  • Each control is marked on the map to match the cue sheet
  • Out-and-back routes are fully mapped - even if it means overlapping
    • Allows for better individual, location-based planning
    • Some controls may be different on return leg
  • Float-over elevation profile feature
  • Easy to export to GPS (see disclaimer below)
  • Faster response time when viewing map compared to old platform
  • Shorter URLs!

One important note about Ride With GPS:
Ride w/ GPS has a "cue sheet" feature, but, this is *NOT* what we use to create KCUC cue sheets.  A legacy issue exists with any online mapping program versus any rider's observed mileage - regardless of measuring tool.  GPS "quirks", slightly "off" bike computers, strange webmap behavior, or similar.  To remain consistent, the KCUC cue sheets are measured and pre-ridden many times before going to print in attempts to eliminate guesswork - so, they remain our best navigational tool.  Post-ride feedback is always welcome, of course - and modifications can be made to continue to improve the cues and the rider experience.

The yucky GPS disclaimer:  RUSA has not yet agreed upon a standard to supplement the traditional brevet/permanent cards and store receipts as ride proof.  That discussion is best continued in the various forums around the internet; yet, please note: while riders remain free to use whatever navigational means they prefer, the cue sheets and brevet/perm cards will continue to be the standard used to officiate KCUC events.  Having said that, please know that while I make every effort to ensure accuracy when composing the maps, mistakes can and do occur.  When in doubt, follow the cue sheet.  We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any digital or physical map, GPX, TCX, KML, or other GPS file-type, which is why we choose not to post those files directly.  While those files themselves may be perfect - the rules only favor the cue sheet, and any files posted here otherwise should only serve to supplement the cue sheet.

Thanks, all!
kG

Registration for ACP Brevets

To register for a brevet, download and print the new 2014 entry form & waiver, complete, sign and mail with your check to:

Bob Burns
P.O. Box 1387
Blue Springs, MO. 64013
(816)229-6071 voice
(816)229-6664 fax
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?)





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!



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Volunteers:

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)

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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)

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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!

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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.

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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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