August 20th Rando

It’s looks like we will have a large turnout for the 109K RUSA Populaire this Sunday!

For those new to Randonneuring here are some general guidelines.

  • Please be at Harlingen Soccer complex no later than 6:30 (rear parking lot)
  • Time limit for the “El Roboto” 109K Populaire is 7AM to 2:16PM. (68.2 miles)
  • Each rider will be required to sign a waiver
  • Each rider will be given a route sheet to follow, and also a cue card
  • Each rider needs to fill out info on their cue card during the ride, questions and check points
  • At the end of the ride, all riders need to fill out their card completely, sign it and turn into the organizer (or send in mail)
  • My contact number is on the cue card and route sheet
  • Per the rules of RUSA and Randonneuring there are no signs or official SAG support
  • Helmets are required and lights strongly suggested
  • The sport of Randonneuring is not racing, goal is to finish the event within the allotted time
  • All riders who complete the entire route will receive a finishers PIN

This is a link to the route we will be riding, good idea to review beforehand.

Here are some links with more info, you can join RUSA if desired. The sport of randonneuring first started in France in the 1890s and at one time was bigger than the Tour de France. It is still very popular in France.

Late this year I will be making a push to have riders join RUSA. Perks of membership are outlined on the RUSA website.

Thanks to everyone for keeping the sport of Randonneuring alive in South Texas. There will be at least two more events in 2015 with routes of 100K up to 300K. I’m already working on the 2018 schedule with even more events!

There are restrooms at the sports complex that “might” be open but a Stripes is one mile down the road if needed.

Due to previous rider donations I have been able to cover the costs of the pins, materials and RUSA insurance. If you would like to donate to cover expenses for future events it would be appreciated.

Richard Cavin, South Texas RBA (RGV Randos)

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