Salt Lake Randonneurs

Goshen Canyon with the first fall snow on Mt Nebo in the background.

New Flash! 10 November 2010 — Approval was granted for the newest region of Randonneurs USA (RUSA) — the Utah, Salt Lake City region. We are going by the name of “Salt Lake Randonneurs” (SLR). I got the volunteer job as the Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA). Currently all info for SLR is parked on my blog here at, but I have registered and plan to eventually move the site there.

We will initially offer two brevets for the early 2011 season: a 200km (125 miles) and a 300km (188 miles). The dates are April 16th for the 200K and May 14th for the 300K.
Membership in BCC is not be required to attend these brevets (contrary to my earlier post). These events are sponsored by Bonneville Cycling Club in Salt Lake City (BCC) and sanctioned by RUSA.

Online registration is available here at my cycling gear site and PayPal or VISA/MC is accepted — there are no additional online or fees (0r use this link if the prior link is broken). There are no refunds, but if you cancel with 72 hours notice, you can carry forward your fees to another event. If you choose to use snail mail, use this PDF form.

For the 2011 season we will operate as a provisional status region. At the conclusion of the season the board members at RUSA will evaluate how the year went and then they may grant us full status for 2012. My goal is to eventually offer a full series of brevets: a 200K, 300K, 400K and a 600K. We have such wonderfully varied terrain in Utah, it is shame to not to offer brevets in different areas of the state. I have already designed a master plan for a full series, including a cool 400K loop in the Bear Lake/Cache Valley region of northern Utah/southern Idaho.

> Richard (e-mail)

18 Responses to “Salt Lake Randonneurs”

  1. Conor 29 November 2010 at 8:42 am Permalink

    Will these be ACP or RUSA rides?

  2. admin 29 November 2010 at 9:58 am Permalink

    Good question. These will be RUSA-sanctioned only as we didn’t get approval for the new region or for these new rides in time to meet the ACP (French) deadline. Assuming the 2011 season goes OK and RUSA grants us permission to continue in 2012, then most, if not all events for that year will be ACP approved.
    > Richard

  3. Brad 6 December 2010 at 5:45 pm Permalink

    According to the RUSA website, “The ACP’s rules specifically state that participation in a brevet is not contingent on any affiliation.” Is there a reason you are limiting these rides to BCC members only?

  4. admin 6 December 2010 at 6:13 pm Permalink

    The plan is for us to organize our rides under the auspices of BCC. I feel the publicity provided by them is important to get things going. It is my understanding that BCC requires that you be a member to participate with them (insurance reasons no doubt). Lonnie Wolff”s Southern Utah Brevet Series is organized similarly…he requires membership in the local Cedar City cycling club. He additionally asks for a nominal event fee (although for 2011 I believe he is going it alone). As a newbie RBA, I’m not familiar with the rule which you quote. In all cases some organization has to cover the insurance burden. If we were disassociated with BCC, then we would buy our insurance from RUSA, in which case that insurance cost would be included in the event fee, rather than through a local club.
    As I understand it, one doesn’t have to be a RUSA member to ride a brevet, but you MUST be a member to ride a Permanent. The reason for the difference is that either RUSA or a local club always has an insurance policy in place when they sponsor a brevet, whereas Permanents are typically sponsored by individuals that have no insurance, so membership in RUSA is required — that way everyone is covered.
    > Richard

  5. Brad 6 December 2010 at 7:05 pm Permalink

    That is what I assumed. I try to limit the memberships I have to keep track of, so please pardon my reticence. These look to be a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing the progression of randonneuring in the SLC area.

  6. Jim Swarzman 7 December 2010 at 6:13 pm Permalink

    Congrats Richard! Our cycling calendar is always full, and it’s a long way from Ventura for a 200 or 300K, but maybe Nicole and I will come out for a 400 or 600K next year.

    See ya soon.


  7. Paul Layton 21 February 2011 at 11:38 am Permalink

    Sweet. I usually spend at least a week up in the Provo area every summer and might have to coordinate one of our trips to coincide with an event next year.

  8. admin 21 February 2011 at 12:15 pm Permalink

    Next year or this year? We love to have you join us this spring or summer if possible.
    > Richard

  9. Antone 21 February 2011 at 8:55 pm Permalink


    Thanks for taking this on! I’ve done a little rando riding in Seattle with my son in law and in St George but it will be nice to have closer options.


  10. Conor 28 February 2011 at 3:14 pm Permalink

    Trying to work out if I can make the 200k in April. It’s tough since we live in TX, but I would love to support randonneuring in SLC, where we used to live.

    Hope the ride goes well if I can’t make it and that there will be many more years of SLC randonneuring in future years!!

  11. Paul L. 3 March 2011 at 2:41 pm Permalink

    Unfortunately I have commitments in May and June this year but if you had a ride in July I’d jump on that one in a second. You should do a northern version of the Mt. Lemon brevet that goes up Nebo although admittedly you couldn’t drop a postcard or anything up there so it’s probably not feasible unless it was an information control (if I do the loop it’s a nice tidy century from my Sister’s house). That is my favorite climb anywhere and is one I do whenever I’m in town.

  12. admin 3 March 2011 at 5:27 pm Permalink

    Because we are a new region, we are only allowed to initially sponsor two brevets. Upon completion of those two events, we can then apply to add additional events to the schedule. I have done the Mt. Lemon and it is a classic. I have already done research for a Permanent going over the Nebo Loop including an information checkpoint near Payson Lakes. Now that RUSA has a new award, called the P-12, that might make a good 70- to 100-mile (>100k) Populaire instead. If you like the Nebo loop, you must have done the annual Sundance-sponsored RANATAD, right? It is one of the more grueling rides I have done.

  13. Paul L. 3 March 2011 at 9:13 pm Permalink

    Nope. I just was looking for good rides to do while I was up visiting my Sister a few years back and wanted another ride with similar climbing to the Alpine loop. I was quite surprised to find Nebo was a much bigger climb than I had thought(and the Alpine loop as well) and was almost the same height as Lemon give or take a few hundred feet. I was surprised it’s not on the list of great climbs along with Lemon and the others in the nation.

  14. Robin Perkins 20 April 2011 at 5:44 am Permalink

    WOW, I am really impressed by your commitment and the job you are doing. What a sirvice for fellow cyclists.
    You might remenber me I was one of the first one to talk to you at the FIRST rest stop on the Willard Bay ride (Red jersey wasn’t doing the brevet).
    I am just learning about brevet riding but the major question I have is why so many miles so soon?
    Salt Lake does not have the climate of Arizona or Saint George Ut. I would really like to do the May 14th BREVET NO 2 – MID UTAH LOOP but it is 300K with a lot of climbing, any chance for a 200K option?

  15. admin 20 April 2011 at 7:58 am Permalink

    When I started riding brevets, I had the same thoughts. It seems that brevet cycling season always collides with the prime spring randonnée skiing season!
    There are two reasons for the early roll out of brevets:
    1. Shorter rides are used as qualifiers for 1200km “grand randonnées” or brevets, which are usually held in June and July. A full series of four brevets, including a 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k are typically required. They are usually spaced a month apart, so we need to get them done early enough for this purpose.
    2. These were the preferred date(s) provided by Don at Bonneville Cycling Club.
    We cannot offer a shorter option on that 300k this year as brevets go through an national approval process, but may offer additional brevets later in the summer (having multiple distances on the same day and start point is an interesting concept and such an option is offered in other areas of the country…hmmm, thanks for the idea). The nice thing about this route is that it is essentially two big loops, so if you begin to fade and want to abandon, you could do so at about half way through and return home to your car. Remember, you have 20 hours to complete the ride (unlike LOTOJA, where they don’t want you on the road after dark).

  16. Darin 26 June 2011 at 9:16 am Permalink

    Great to see rando coming to Salt Lake City. Will look forward to updates on further events, and am willing to donate time and energy to SLR. Contact me if you need help.

  17. Conor 16 July 2011 at 7:37 pm Permalink

    Any plans for a fall brevet? Just got a job in SLC, so I am moving back to the area. I too, would be willing to help put on a brevet this fall. Just not August (or start of sept), as I will be in France. Happy riding.

  18. Richard 16 July 2011 at 7:41 pm Permalink

    I just got back from CHC1200 & have more travel plans coming up soon. I hope to put something together for Sept or early October. Stay tuned.

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