New RUSA Awards

RUSA has launched two new awards which members should find highly challenging and motivating.
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.
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. This award is also retroactive.
Members can find these announcements on the Announcements page, and drill down from there to award details and application pages. Both of these are “meaty” awards which we hope will spur new, multi-year goals for our members, and encourage riding events of different types and in new places.
A big thanks to Ken Knutson (American Explorer administrator), Greg Olmstead (RUSA Cup administrator), Jennifer Wise (RUSA Store), James Kuehn (Web and database), and in addition, formative ideas from Dan Driscoll and Bill Olsen.