Everyone the 2018 events I submitted for ACP have been approved by Paris for the calendar! For an event to be recognized as ACP it must be submitted no later than the end of September for the following calendar year. January (2 events), Febuary, March, April, May, September.
I did my best in picking dates that might not conflict with other events but that can be very hard, since my events must be submitted very early. Reminder that 2019 is a Paris Brest Paris (PBP) year so ACP will be important for riders trying to qualify for 2019. So we might see some more riders from other locations coming down to ride.
The calendar will be the busiest ever for me as a RBA, but I’m up for it. Lots of events and I will add more non ACP events such as Populaires. 100K, 200K, 300K and a new 400K.
The new 400K route is being worked on by me but I’m being very careful in my design to make it as safe as possible. I’m driving out the route before I spend the exhaustive process of getting it approved by RUSA.
I’m also dealing with some issues related to the Harlingen Soccer Complex. The city has voted to close the park from 10PM to 6AM due to valid concerns with local kids and their activities in the park. Yeah it was really bad in the evenings. This causes issues with the 300K and a future 400K route since the park is locked. So I’m working on this, might be able to get around it but the city now has rules. It currently looks like that location is no longer an option for a 400K route, bummer because it’s a great location. I need to find somewhere for a 400K to start/end. Considering the Brownsville Sports Park now and Possibly Port Isabel. Maybe both. I welcome ideas for other locations.
Update on Port Isabel: Since Hwy 100 construction is complete and the Rio Hondo Bridge is “supposed” to be finished in Feb 2018 we can start having events out there again. Which means I need to design a 100K for that location…busy, busy. Maybe we can ride again in March 2018. I have missed that location for the events, always fun to use that site.
Also Hwy 106 from FM 1847 to Laguna Atascosa is shaping up to be a new awesome route option. I’ve ridden part of it and driven the rest, it’s nice.
Oh yeah, still looking for volunteers. If you volunteer you can still ride the event early or right after as I often do to get credit. Even a small group if you agree to volunteer. This gives you some flexibility if you want.
As always everything you want to know about RUSA is here: www.rusa.org
Please consider registering as a RUSA member for 2018 on the website. We need to get our membership up for the RGV. We have a LOT of riders but not too many members.
If you are a RUSA member the board election ballots are due November 15th. Please vote online!
The rest of my website has more info, such as the link below.
Also check out the new format of the routes page. I think it’s pretty cool.
2017 was easily a record year for RGV Randos and it’s not even over yet! I’m looking forward to 2018 being even better.
Thanks for your support and riding.
Richard Cavin. South Texas RBA, RGV Randos