Riding RUSA Permanents can fill the void when Brevets are not available
With the brevet season just months away many riders are preparing in advance by riding permanents which will put them in the right physical and mental condition for the brevet season. With well over 50 routes available in New Jersey / New York City the opportunity is there to get in great shape and to earn RUSA k's in the process. Permanents work the same as brevets with the exception that they are totally self supported and do not qualify for medals. However, they do qualify for RUSA distance awards, R-12's, P-12's, American Explorer and more. In addition, they have one huge benefit that brevets can't offer. The rider chooses the date and time to ride! One can ride solo or solicit a friend or two to accompany them. All riders on Permanents must be current RUSA members.
To participate in a permanent select the one you want from the RUSA database. Contact the route owner listed with that permanent and arrange to ride on the date and time you've chosen. In some cases permanent route owners charge a small fee to cover their cost of paperwork and postage. You will be supplied a cue sheet and brevet card which will be managed the same as a brevet. The completed card is returned to the route owner for resulting. An official result will appear under your name on the RUSA web-site. Listed below are some of the awards which can be earned by completing permanents.
The R-12 Award is one of the most popular. Many riders chase this award every year. The requirement is to complete a 200k, or longer, brevet or permanent, in every calendar month of the year. Also, a P-12 Award can be earned with 12 consecutive months of 100k results. Either R-12 or P-12 can begin in any month of the calendar year.
The American Explorer is earned by completing a brevet or permanent route of any distance in at least 10 states. If a route passes though more than one state the rider earns credit for each state.
To comply with the rules pertaining to permanents the rider documents their own passage by obtaining store receipts, or signatures, at all controls. Small groups have been known to participate together. There have been permanents ridden in New Jersey with over fifteen riders on a single ride. Permanents routes can be of any distance although most conform to either 100k or 200k. When time is not available for an all day event a 100k permanent can be squeezed into a smaller part of the day.
New Jersey has a long and diverse list of Permanent routes in the RUSA database. The first route established in the state, The New Jersey Transit 200k, was approved in 2008. Since that time there has been continual growth of both routes and the numbers of riders that take to riding them. Thousands of individual results have been recorded in the state.
Below is a list of the top five permanents in New Jersey for 100k and 200k distance.
Top Five 200k Permanents
New Jersey Devil
Top Five 100k Permanents
Millstone River Ramble
Knapp's Cycle 100k
Two Valley Loop