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18 May 2020

1) Further Covid-19 Impacts: Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, RUSA has requested that all May and June events be cancelled or postponed. Consequently, I have decided to cancel all rides in May and June. Alternative (future) dates will be assessed at a later date.

2) Permanents Program: Good news on that front... RUSA was able to secure new insurance that covers both brevets AND permanents. So, after the Covid-19 pandemic has passed and we are cleared to offer brevets, RUSA members will once again be able to ride permanents.

24 March 2020

Covid-19 Postponements: As of this morning, RUSA has requested that all April events be cancelled or postponed. I have decided to postpone not only the April 11th rides (RUSA 110K and ACP 200K) but all rides on May 2nd. Alternative (future) dates will be determined after the Covid-19 crisis has passed, hopefully soon. Stay tuned, and please stay safe!

9 December 2019

1) RUSA insurance changes: RUSA’s insurance policy changed recently (and further changes are possible). For now, please note that RUSA secured a one-year insurance policy that covers all RBA-organized events (e.g., ACP- and RUSA brevets). One significant outcome of this change, at least for now, is that all riders must be RUSA members.

2) Permanents program: Permanents and Permanent Populaires are no longer covered by the new RUSA policy, and the permanents program is at least temporarily suspended. The RUSA Board is looking into options for reinstating the program. Meanwhile, for anyone chasing an R12, note that most regions (including ours) have scheduled some RUSA brevets during the next few months. More may be added at a later date. Any of these rides will count toward the R12 or other RUSA awards.

3) Host hotel: All ACP events will start and finish at the Quality Inn, 2601 E 13th Street, which is just off I-35 (exit 113). Unfortunately, their block rates this year did not match those of previous years, nor those of typical discounted rates (e.g., AAA, AARP) for the hotel. Because of that (and because many riders wait until after the "block" deadline to make reservations), I did not reserve blocks of rooms. As an alternative to the Quality Inn, there is a Holiday Inn Express just across the street, several hotels @ Hwy 30 and Dayton Ave (approx. 2 miles south of start), and near I-35 in Story City (approx. 11 miles north of the start). I can provide additional options, if necessary.

4) RUSA membership: In case you haven’t already done so, this is a not-so-gentle reminder to renew your RUSA membership! It’s easy… see It’s cheap… $30! And it’ll get you set for any early-season brevet or permanent.

5) Raccoon River Valley Trail: Unfortunately, the RRVT bridge near Jefferson remains closed because of Spring 2019 floods. It's doubtful the bridge will be repaired until late summer or early fall, 2020, so any brevets in that area will detour to county roads. Note that this affects only 300K events.

6) Website: The Iowa Randonneurs website will be moving to a new home soon. More details are forthcoming.