The visitation & funeral for Mark Jilka will take place in his home town of Manhattan, KS. Visitation takes place Tuesday evening, with the funeral service on Wednesday.
Welcome to Kansas City Ultra Cycling!
This is the official site for ACP and RUSA-sanctioned rides in the Kansas City Area.
KCUC has no membership dues: We welcome all riders!
If medals or awards are sought, RUSA membership becomes a requirement, which starts at $20/yr.
RUSA membership is a great value and is national in coverage - you can travel the country and ride a myriad of events with different clubs, all towards mileage awards!
Click HERE to join RUSA!
Look for the latest news directly below, and scroll down farther for information
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tailwinds, Mark - May you rest in peace
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The internet is a terrific resource for checking for the possibility of road construction across the kilometers of brevets and permanents we randonneurs cover annually, but success often depends on the region's resources: finding a good public works website for Jackson County, MO. will be much easier than finding the same for, say, Brown County, KS. Often times, one simply has to roll the dice and deal with whatever happens out there.
Remember, if construction surprises you while on a ride, take heart - give your ride organizer a phone call, talk it out. Most times, the signed detour will be the right choice; other times it may add too many 'bonus' miles and threaten a control time window. Never discount gravel: a couple rough miles may be worth the time saved! Remember to stop, relax, and smile - it's just another one of those randonneuring tests of our resourcefulness. Get back on the route, and enjoy.
For KCUC permanents, a few known construction sites include:
- Renner Road closed btwn 87th and 79th. Affecting Princeton Roundabout, WMGM. Detour via adjacent neighborhood roads connects riders to 87th street west of Renner with little/no affect on mileage.
- (More as we hear of them)
Stay safe; ride lots!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hi, randonneurs and randonueses;
A quick message from your web-master (the term "master" is used VERY loosely here):
Slowly but surely I will be taking time to update all of the currently-listed brevet map links to "Ride With GPS" format. This represents a large improvement over the older online mapping tool I'd been using in several ways, and is also far more portable to various technologies our riders are beginning to adopt. Further, it is currently what RUSA's permanents coordinator requests from those designing permanent routes - so, that seems like a good reason to adopt it as a standard, of sorts. Lastly, a few of the maps hadn't been update to follow cue-sheet updates over the years, so it's a good opportunity to clean house, too.
The first route to benefit is the Junction City 600K, which our brave riders finished over the weekend, despite heavy weather and lots of wind! Bravo!
Some Ride With GPS benefits to look for:
- Each segment of the ride (control-to-control) is drawn in a contrasting color
- Allows visualization of length of each segment between controls
- Allows easier location of control points on map
- Each control is marked on the map to match the cue sheet
- Out-and-back routes are fully mapped - even if it means overlapping
- Allows for better individual, location-based planning
- Some controls may be different on return leg
- Float-over elevation profile feature
- Easy to export to GPS (see disclaimer below)
- Faster response time when viewing map compared to old platform
- Shorter URLs!
Ride w/ GPS has a "cue sheet" feature, but, this is *NOT* what we use to create KCUC cue sheets. A legacy issue exists with any online mapping program versus any rider's observed mileage - regardless of measuring tool. GPS "quirks", slightly "off" bike computers, strange webmap behavior, or similar. To remain consistent, the KCUC cue sheets are measured and pre-ridden many times before going to print in attempts to eliminate guesswork - so, they remain our best navigational tool. Post-ride feedback is always welcome, of course - and modifications can be made to continue to improve the cues and the rider experience.
The yucky GPS disclaimer: RUSA has not yet agreed upon a standard to supplement the traditional brevet/permanent cards and store receipts as ride proof. That discussion is best continued in the various forums around the internet; yet, please note: while riders remain free to use whatever navigational means they prefer, the cue sheets and brevet/perm cards will continue to be the standard used to officiate KCUC events. Having said that, please know that while I make every effort to ensure accuracy when composing the maps, mistakes can and do occur. When in doubt, follow the cue sheet. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any digital or physical map, GPX, TCX, KML, or other GPS file-type, which is why we choose not to post those files directly. While those files themselves may be perfect - the rules only favor the cue sheet, and any files posted here otherwise should only serve to supplement the cue sheet.
Registration for ACP Brevets
P.O. Box 1387
Blue Springs, MO. 64013
Feel free to email Bob if you have questions, especially for special events like the Fleche and the 1,000km Brevet.
(Hey, what's a brevet?)
Registration for RUSA Permanents
download the Permanents waiver and entry form here, complete, sign and mail to:
1617 S. 20th St.
St. Joseph, MO. 64507
(Hey, what's a permanent?)
note: The permanents coordinator volunteers for the benefit and convenience of the Kansas City Area riders. Any RUSA member may develop their own permanent route, however for consistency, safety, and fairness to all area riders we ask that you consider working with the current system and emailing the RPC with your permanent route ideas. Thank you!
Start Locations and Motels:
Grandview Start: MAP
Start Location: Shopping Center 1854 S. 71Hwy (W Outer Rd) / Motel: Roadway, 15201 S. 71 Hwy., Grandview, MO. (E Outer Rd) - Ph. 816-331-0300
K.C.K. (Kansas City, Kansas) Start: MAP
Start Location: American Motel, 7949 Splitlog (I-70 West, Exit #414: 78th Street) / Motel: (same) American Motel - Ph.913-299-2999
Liberty Start: MAP
Start Location: Perkins Restaurant, 100 N. 291 Hwy., Liberty, MO. / Motel: Holiday Inn Express, 8230 N. Church, Liberty, MO. - Ph. 816-781-5555
UPDATED: Oak Grove Start: MAP
Start Location: Econolodge, 410 SE 1st Street (across from Wal-Mart), Oak Grove, MO. (From KC: I-70 East, Exit 28) Motel: (same) Econolodge - Ph. 816-690-3681
Olathe Start: MAP
Start Location: Starbuck's Coffee, 15094 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062 (additional parking at Hy-Vee, SE corner of intersection) / Hotel: Days Inn, 20662 W. 151st St., Olathe, KS., 66061 (same parking lot) - Ph. 913-390-9500
Shawnee Start: MAP
Start Location: Phillips 66 / Subway Store, 16675 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 66217 / Hotel: Hampton Inn, 16555 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS., 66217 (same parking lot) - Ph. 913-248-1900
Topeka Start: MAP
Start Location: Dillon's Grocery, 6829 Southwest 29th Street, Topeka, KS., 66614 - Dillon's Ph. 785-228-4200 /
Motel: Country Inn & Suites, 6020 Southwest 10th St., Topeka, KS. - Ph. 785-478-9800
**Note on motel use - it's a good idea! **
Brevets are long, tiring rides. There have been a few recorded instances of tired randonneurs “nodding off” at the wheel on their way home, with expensive and painful consequences. Don’t let this happen to you: if you’re tired, stay an extra night!
Here's a short list of things you can do:
1. Registration duties, taking entries (1 hour before the ride)
2. Checking & Inspecting Velos (1 hour before the ride)
3. Manning a “secret” checkpoint. (Secret checkpoints are mandated by ACP and are designed to encourage riders to “follow the route”)
4. Handling a “bag drop” (on the 600K or 1000K rides)
Medals & Awards:
ACP supplies medals for ACP-validated Brevets. These are available in the U. S. for members of RUSA. There is a specific medal for each distance (200, 300, 400, 600, & 1000 KM). For each distance, the medals' design is similar but distinct to create a “family” of medals. The same design is kept for four years and a new design is introduced in the new season after each PBP. It is worth buying a complete set of medals, one for each distance, every four years. There are also special RUSA medals for different distances and groups of rides - visit www.RUSA.org and look under "Medals" for more details.
(Note: All medals must be ordered from RUSA via the online store)
Do I Need Reflective Gear?
Rules & Regulations:
Randonneurs USA Rules for Brevet Riders, CONDENSED:
These rules have been condensed to allow quick reading by our members - these do not take the place of the complete rule-set, and no-one should assume it does. If you have a specific concern the condensed rules below do not address, refer to the links above and read the complete rules thoroughly. If anything on this website is in conflict with the RUSA rules, RUSA RULES.
(See article 17.)
Article 2 These brevets are open to any amateur cyclist regardless of his or her cycling affiliations. Any form of human-powered vehicle is acceptable. The only stipulation is that the vehicle must be powered solely by the rider.
Article 3 To participate in a brevet a rider must complete a registration form, sign a waiver of liability, and pay the registration fee set by the event organizer.
Article 4 When taking part in a brevet, the rider accepts and consents to the possibile publication of their name, time result, and photograph by the organizer.
Article 5 During the event, each rider is considered to be on a personal ride. The rider must ride in accordance with all applicable traffic codes, obey all traffic signals, and use bike paths when required by law. When riding, all riders must wear an approved helmet. The ACP, RUSA, and other organizers cannot and do not accept responsibility for any accidents that may occur during the course of a brevet.
Article 6 Each rider must be self sufficient. No personal follow cars or support of any kind are permitted on the course. Personal support is only allowed at checkpoints. Any violation of this requirement will result in immediate disqualification. All riders are required to conduct themselves in a civil manner and abide by all applicable vehicle codes, laws, and regulations. All riders are required to respect local customs with regards to decorum.
Article 7 At the start, each rider will receive a brevet card and a cue sheet indicating the route and the location of the checkpoints. Every rider must stop at each checkpoint to have his or her card verified. Organizers may also include unannounced "secret" checkpoints along the route. If a rider leaves the route, he or she must return to the route at the same point prior to continuing, ie. no shortcuts or detours from the route, unless specified by the organizer.
Article 8 Organizers may have checkpoints at establishments with no member of the organizing staff present. At these checkpoints riders must get their brevet card verified at a local establishment that the organizer specifies as a checkpoint, such as a grocery store or gas station. Checkpoint verification information to be noted on the brevet card includes the time and the date of passage (for brevets that extend beyond 24 hours). Missing checkpoint verification, missing checkpoint times, or loss of the brevet card (regardless of how far into the ride a rider is) will result in disqualification. Each rider is responsible for seeing that his or her brevet card is properly completed at each checkpoint.
Article 9 Overall time limits vary for each brevet according to the distance. These are: (in hours and minutes, HH:MM) 13:30 for 200 KM, 20:00 for 300 KM, 27:00 for 400 KM, 40:00 for 600 KM, and 75:00 for 1000 KM. Additionally, riders must arrive at each checkpoint between the opening and closing time for the checkpoint. These times are noted on the brevet card with the information for the checkpoints.
Article 10 For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders' lights must meet the requirements of local laws. A rider is not permitted to cycle at night or in other low-light conditions without working front and rear lights attached to the vehicle; therefore backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside. Each rider, whether riding in a group or alone, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights! During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions, all riders must wear a reflective vest, sash, Sam Browne belt, or some other device that clearly places reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During these times all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle. (Due to their unusual seating position, recumbent riders may modify their reflective torso devices to show better from front and rear.) Other reflective devices on clothing, shoes, helmets, and machines are encouraged for increased safety - but they are extra and may not take the place of the minimum items listed above. Any violation of these night riding rules will result in the immediate disqualification of the rider.
Article 11 At the finish, the rider must sign his or her brevet card and return it to the event organizer. The brevet card will be returned to the rider after the brevet has been verified and a brevet number issued.
Article 12 These brevets are not competitive events, so no rider classifications are made. Results are published alphabetically, not by arrival time.
Article 15 Any fraud, cheating, or deliberate violation of these rules will result in the exclusion of the rider from all RUSA-, RM-, and ACP-sponsored events.
Article 17 Randonneurs USA will be the final arbiter of any questions that arise which may not be covered explicitly in these rules.
Disclaimer for Routes, Maps, Cue Sheets: