This listing is only for those Permanents designed, “owned & managed” by me. This includes routes mostly in Utah, but also some in Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Other Utah routes are listed on the RUSA site (see above link or on the Salt Lake Randonneurs site).
A Permanent is a long distance cycling route that is “permanently available,” so you can ride it any time, not just on one specific date. All of these routes are certified by Randonneurs USA (RUSA). Most are about 125 miles in length, and unlike a century or double-century ride, there is no support. Like brevets, routes can start and finish in the same location, but they can also run point-to-point, and can be any distance of 200km or more (125 miles+). Most of my Permanents are loop style routes. Permanents are only open to RUSA members. They can be ridden alone or with a group (all members of a group should be members). Permanent rides in the US are validated by RUSA and do not count toward any international ACP awards or as a qualifier for a 1200km Grand Randonnée (except with special permission). A Permanent can count toward your yearly RUSA Distance Award totals or the R-12 award. The R-12 award is an excellent year-round goal (it requires you ride at least one Permanent or brevet, 200K or longer, each month for 12 consecutive months).
See this page for information on brevets, which are very similar to Permanents, except they are “organized group rides” held on specific dates.
See this page on RUSA site for more information on Permanents.
Steps for Registering for a Permanent (RUSA Members Only)
- Download the one-page electronically fill-able PDF Permanent Registration & Waiver Form (or better yet, use this “annual form” if you may be doing several this season) and then follow one of the following three steps:
a. Fill in, print, sign and fax it to me at 435-462-2292. No cover sheet is needed.
b. Fill in, print, sign, scan and e-mail to me.
c. Electronically fill in the form including using the “Digital Signature” function and e-mail it back to me (the Dig Sig process is kinda squirrelly so you may have to print, scan and e-mail it to me).
- Go to my commercial website and register and pay. By registering it helps me digitally capture your name and address which makes it faster for me at years end to mail back the brevet cards. You can pay with any credit card or from your PayPal account.
Upon receipt of your waiver and payment I will e-mail (PDF format) you a brevet card and a cue sheet and then you can print them on your own. You may download your own maps from this website. If you don’t have cardstock to print your brevet card, you might consider printing two copies on regular bond paper and using a glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere them together (or I can snail-mail you a brevet card and a cue sheet if you would rather).
After the Ride
Upon completion of your ride (or attempted ride) please do one of the following:
- Snail-mail me the signed brevet card with your receipts and (within 10 days). If you didn’t finish, I still need to know as I need to submit DNFs to RUSA.
- Scan or photograph your card and receipts and e-mail them to me.
- Instead of using snail-mail/paper receipts and brevet cards, I will accept digital file upload (i.e. Strava) upon one condition: you get a time-stamped receipt at the finish and email or text it to me. You must send me the link after your ride so I don’t have to hunt it down.
I will enter the results onto the RUSA website so you get credit, usually within a week or two of you finishing the ride. At the end of the season (usually late December or January), I will mail your brevet cards and receipts back to you (or dispose of them if you would rather, please indicate in the using check box selection on the back of the card).
My original cue sheets were created in InDesign and are two-columns wide on a 8-1/2 x 5″ PDF format. Print them vertically on both sides of an 8-1/2 x 11″ paper, chop off 4″ off the bottom and fold in half. This will provide you with a nice, convenient 4-1/4 x 7″ brochure-format for use in the field. It is no surprise that this size fits in the 5×7″ cue sheet holders which I sell on my site. The brevet card is formatted two-up on an 8-1/2 x 11″ page. Chop in half and fold to get a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ brevet card.
Newer cue sheets were created in OpenOffice and they can be printed four pages on one 8-1/2 x 11″ sheet. Instructions as follows in Acrobat (Mac OS). Additional exporting info can be seen on the OpenOffice “RAW” sheet which was used to create the PDF.
- File > Print > Page Set Up > Letter
- File > Print > Page Sizing & Handling > Multiple > Pages per sheet: 4 > Page Order: Vertical & Orientation: Portrait
- Fold in quarters
Brevet Card Tips
The purpose of a brevet card is to record your times or answer questions for informational controls as a means of “proof of passage.” In Europe, where randonneuring started, it is (or was) common for most stores to have rubber stamps. Randonneurs usually had their brevet cards stamped and had the clerk write in the time. In the U.S. however, receipts with a time imprint, are the more common proof of passage. My preferred method is that you get a receipt with the time & date indicated. Also acceptable is a stamp or signature by a store clerk with the time notated IF you are unable to obtain a receipt. Obtaining both a receipt and a signature are not needed, as long as you don’t lose your receipt!
Here’s what I typically do on brevets and Permanents: upon arrival at a control, I first write in my arrival time using 24-hour military time inside my brevet card. I then make a purchase and obtain a store receipt. If there is no time indicated on it I have the clerk write in on the receipt and initial it. (The problem with having the clerk writing the time on the brevet card is that they never use 24-hour time.) I then write the checkpoint number on the top of the receipt. I then place both of them in a vinyl pouch enclosed in the zippered pocket inside my Kinesis Top Tube Brevet bag.
Note that for information checkpoints there is no “in and out” times, so it is NOT necessary to write in your time.
Please note that a lost brevet card will result in disqualification! Avoid using your jersey pocket for storage of your card — place in a secure bicycle bag or zippered clothing pocket.
— Richard Stum. Mount Pleasant, Utah
200 K Route Overview
Routes are organized from north to south. Links are in the above pull-down menu above.
All are approximately 200K (125 miles) unless otherwise noted.
- Mirror Lake Classic (300km, 188 miles)
This high alpine loop starts at Kimball Junction, which is near the ski resort town of Park City. It then proceeds to Evanston, Wyoming and back home via the Mirror Lake Highway. A very remote ride with few services and stunning scenery with lots of climbing!
- This is the Place. Ride On!
This ride starts in Salt Lake City and make the classic Emigration Hill Climb over Little & Big Mountains, over to Kamas, Park City and back to SLC via Parley’s Canyon on the interstate. This route has about 7,500 feet of climbing — the most of any of my 200’s.
- Pony Express Loop
This ride starts & ends in Saratoga Springs (SW of SLC) and goes around the Oquirr Mountains, along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, into the Great Basin, finishing on the Pony Express Route.
- West Desert Dash
This route starts & ends in Saratoga Srpings (SW of SLC) and travels on part of the Pony Express road in the west desert of Utah. It then climbs to the mining town of Eureka and finishes on the west side of Utah Lake. This is my most simple route with few turns and traffic lights (only one signal). Great for those randonneurs looking for uninterrupted long distance miles.
- Ultimate ULCER (two slightly different versions with two different start points)
This Perm starts & ends in either Bluffdale (north) or Nephi (south). This is a 200K version of the popular Utah Lake Century Epic Ride, which circumnavigates Utah Lake.
- Land O’ Goshen (same route, two different start points, either Springville or Nephi on the south end of the route)
This route takes you on the farm & orchard areas of Springville, Goshen & Nephi, including the south shore of Utah Lake & up Hobble Creek Canyon. One my favorite spring rides. Very scenic.
- Knock ’em Dead Nebo (same route, two different start points, either Santaquin or Mt Pleasant)
This route starts in Santaquin, 20 miles south of Provo. It travels through Goshen & Salt Creek Canyons with views of Mt. Nebo, plus a loop in rural Sanpete County.
- Sanpete to South Bay Safari
This Perm starts in Moroni (Sanpete County), about an hours drive south of Provo. It is a double loop ride traveling to the southern bays of Utah Lake.
- Skyline Hill Climb Populaire
This 90-mile Perm Populaire (153km) starts in Fairview and climbs up Fairview Canyon and down to Huntington and then back. I don’t have a page on this one as typically I’m the only one riding it, but it is available for those that want to travel to my neck of the woods to ride. It has about 8,000 feet of climbing!
- Belly Button
This 200K loop, which starts in my home town of Mount Pleasant, circumnavigates the Sanpitch Mountains which is the location of the USGS official center of Utah, which is about 12 miles NW of Ephraim.
- Topaz Tumble
Starting in Delta, in west central Utah, this double loop ride goes in the west desert going north towards Topaz Mountain and south to Fillmore. Other than rides in St. George, this is my preferred winter brevet. It is my flattest ride with little elevation gain.
- Yuba Res Express
This Perm starts in Levan (just south of Nephi). It travels on both highways and quiet farm roads (and, regretfully a few miles on the interstate), eventually riding along the west shore of Yuba Reservoir. This route has only 3 to 4 stop signs and NO traffic lights!
- Rock Candy Rumble
This high elevation ride starts in Richfield and makes a big loop, circumnavigating Monroe Mountain. It travels past several rural reservoirs & Big Rock Candy Mountain. A great route for the hot summer months.
- Moab Double Whammy
This route goes through two of my favorite national parks, Arches and Canyonlands…hence the name “Double Whammy!” It has significant climbing — 7070 feet!
- Way Down South to Dixie
This ride starts in Washington (St. George area) and makes a double loop in and around SW Utah in southern Utah’s “Dixie.” This route has a fair amount of climbing (5600 ft.). My most suitable winter route in Utah, due to the mild climate in southern Utah.
- Red Rocks Randonnée (600, 1000 or 1200K)
See this page on the Salt Lake Randonneurs site for details.
- The Dam Ride (200K) or Rando Roulette (100 or 200K) (Las Vegas)
This counter-clockwise loop route has two start points. One in N.E. Las Vegas and the other in Henderson. Designed so I would have warmer place to ride during the colder months.
- Hump to Pahrump (Las Vegas)
This out and back route starts in Henderson (S.E. Las Vegas) and travels west out to Pahrump and back. It has one significant climb and no traffic lights for many miles once you leave Vegas.