Ultra Distance Cycling Events for Middle Tennessee

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Ultra Cycling in Middle Tennessee is more accurately described as a loose association of randonneurs and long distance cyclists. Our goal is to have fun and to provide riders with the opportunity to complete ultra distance and/or ultra difficult events. Ultra Cyclists like rides of greater distances, like a double century, a Brevet series that consists of 200K, 300K, 400K, and 600K, and perhaps a Fleche. These rides are capped off with a 1200K Randonnee or a RAAM Qualifying ride during the summer. Our rides are open to anyone that has an interest in long distance, self supported cycling.

Got Questions? Get Answers from Jeff Sammons our Ultra Cycling Coordinator.

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Middle Tennessee Brevet Schedule

2017 Calendar of Events:

Our 2017 schedule of ACP / RUSA Brevets are as follows:

DateEvent NameSanctionStart LocationStart TimeTime Limit
1/21/2017Land Between The Lakes 200KACPCadiz, KY7:00 AM13 hrs 30 min
2/04/2017Honest Abe 200KACPCookeville, TN7:00 AM13 hrs 30 min
2/18/2017Shilo Military Park 200KACPLexington, TN7:00 AM13 hrs 30 min
3/04/2017George Dickel 200K & Sewanee 300KACPBrentwood, TN6:00 AM13 hrs 30 min & 20 hrs
3/18/2017Manchester 200K & 300KACPManchester, TN6:00 AM13 hrs 30 min & 20 hrs
4/8/2017Natchez Trace 200K, 300K & 400K ACPPasquo, TN5:00 AM13 hrs 30 min, 20 hrs & 27 hrs
4/29/2017Oak Grove 200K, 400K & 600KACPOak Grove, KY4:00 AM13 hrs 30 min, 27 hrs & 40 hrs
8/21/2017Total Eclipse 200KRUSATBATBA13 hrs 30 min
9/23/2017Ride Across TN 250KRUSAKY / TN State Line7:00 AM16 hrs 40 min
10/21/2017 Fall Colors 200KRUSAKnoxville, TN8:00 AM EST13 hrs 30 min
11/25/2017Turkey Trot 100K & 200KRUSABrentwood, TN7:00 AM6 hrs 40 min & 13 hrs 30 min

Registration:

Each rider will need to complete a Brevet registration form via Online Registration or by downloading and printing out the Brevet Registration Form. There are no registration fees.

To start our events, you must be an active member of Randonnuers USA for insurance purposes. If you have not joined or renewed your membership, please do so online before the day of the event. The RUSA Membership Application can be found on their web site. Otherwise, I will be forced to charge you a $10.00 fee the day of the ride for insurance coverage.

Rules

Please see the full set of HBC Rules governing our Brevet Series Events.

Contact
To contact the Tennessee RBA, please send an e-mail to Jeff Sammons.

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Permanent Rides

A Permanent is similar to a Brevet, but you can ride it at any time, not just on one specific date. Like Brevets, routes can start and finish at the same location, or they can also be run point-to-point, and they can be any distance of 200km or more. Permanent Populairs are routes of 100-199km. Permanents are open only to RUSA members. They can be ridden alone or with a group. Permanent rides in the US are validated by RUSA and do not count toward any ACP awards or medals, or qualifying towards PBP, but a Permanent can count toward your yearly RUSA Brevet kilometer totals. To learn more, go to the Permanents FAQ.

Important Note: These Permanent Rides are NOT organized by the Harpeth Bicycle Club and are only listed here as a convenience for the Route Organizers. All aspects of these Permanent Rides are the responsibility of the individual Route Organizers listed below.

Tennessee Permanent Rides:

Route NameDistanceElev. GainStart LocationRoute Organizer
Brimstone Creek200K6,500Cookeville, TNRobert Hendry
Cathey’s Creek200K6,000Franklin, TNRobert Hendry
Cheaha Challenge220K9,070Piedmont, ALSteve Phillips
Cherohala Challenge200K10,000Tellico Plains, TNJeff Sammons
Dog Meat200K5,320Brentwood, TNRobert Hendry
Dog Treat107K2,000Triune, TNRobert Hendry
Fort Pillow Loop200K3,700Brownsville, TNAlan Schwartz
Four Mountains200K9,200Chattanooga, TNJeff Sammons
George Dickel Distillery200K4,660Brentwood, TNJeff Sammons
Gilt Edge Loop200K3,700Arlington, TNAlan Schwartz
Green Acres200K6,840Baxter, TNRobert Hendry
Honest Abe200K6,500Cookeville, TNRobert Hendry
Jack Daniels Distillery200K5,240Bethesda, TNJeff Sammons
Marcy Jo's Metric100K2,866Franklin, TNRobert Hendry
Manchester 200K210KTBDManchester, TNJeff Sammons
Market Square200K7,900Knoxville, TNBob Hess
Music City200K6,000Pasquo, TNJeff Sammons
Music City Double200 Miles10,000Pasquo, TNJeff Sammons
Natchez Trace200K6,100Pasquo, TNAlan Gosart
Natchez Trace Double200 MilesTBDPasquo, TNAlan Gosart
Opry to Elvis 600K611K25,000Pasquo, TNRobert Hendry
Primm Springs102K3,600Bethel, TNRobert Hendry
Shiloh Military Park200K5,260Lexington, TNAlan Schwartz

Registration:

To register for a Permanent, select a Route from the list above and contact its Organizer. The Organizer will agree with you on a ride date, and send you an application and a liability waiver. You will return the application and liabilty waiver along with any fee to the Organizer. The Organizer will then supply you with a brevet card, cue sheet, and any other pertinent information.

 Also, for insurance purposes, you must be a member of Randonneurs USA (RUSA). The RUSA Membership Application can be found on their website. Riders will not be allowed to start a Permanent unless they are a RUSA member.

Directions To The Start:
For directions to the start, click on the city name hyperlink above, in the Start Location column, and download and print both pages.

Hotel Accommodations:
For hotel accommodations, Google the city name above or contact the Route Organizer for recommendations.

Routes:
Download and print off a copy of the Overview Map and Cue Sheet by clicking on the route name hyperlink above, in the Route Name column. For an Excel copy of the cue sheet, please send an e-mail to the Route Organizer.

Rules:
Please see the full set of official Rules for Permanent Riders governing Permanent Riders on the RUSA web site. In addition, riders must also comply with the full set of official Rules for Riders governing Brevet Riders on the RUSA web site.

Contact:
To contact the Route Organizer, please send an e-mail to them by clicking on the organizer name hyperlink above, in the Route Organizer column.

Natchez Trace Parkway Brevets

This historic, 444-mile (715K) scenic parkway links Nashville, TN with Natchez, MS and crosses some of the most beautiful terrain in the states of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Its non-commercial environment coupled with a wide variety of historic sites and scenic venues make it one of America’s treasures.

Natchez Trace logoIt began as a trail traveled by Indians and wild animals almost 8,000 years ago and in our recent history was used by Spanish explorers, British troops and later by Southern frontier settlers. During the eras of French, British and American settlement, the Parkway provided an important route between the interior highlands and the Lower Mississippi River Valley. With the arrival of the steamboat, the Parkway declined in importance as a major trade route and became a route for use by locals.

The Natchez Trace Parkway was created by Congress in 1938 and today is one of the most used Federal roads in the National Park System. The Parkway has been declared a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road and has been chosen as one of America’s 10 best biking roads. Open year-round for motorists, hikers and bikers, it provides visitors the opportunity for an unhurried trip through time. Maintained and administered by the National Park Service, the Parkway is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi.

April 2015 – Natchez Trace Brevet Week:

EVENT DATE EVENTS START LOCATION START TIME
Sunday – 4/19 200K / 300K Starbucks – Hwy 100 6 AM Start
Monday – 4/20 200K / 300K Starbucks – Hwy 100 6 AM Start
Wednesday – 4/22 300K / 400K Bill Glass Home 6 AM Start
Friday – 4/24 400K / 600K Bill Glass Home 4 AM Start

Parking Information:

For those rides starting at the Starbucks, please part either at the YMCA or the Kroger parking lots.

For those rides starting at Bill Glass’ home, please park on the street in front of his home. Please park as far off the roadway as possible.

600K Route Support & Drop Bags Service:

There will be a $50 fee for the 600K Route Support & Drop Bag Service. Your fee will include SAG on the route, delivery of the drop bags to the overnight control in Collinwood, TN, the cost of the motel room there, food and beverages at the overnight control, and snacks and beverages at the finish control.

Brevet Route Maps / Cue Sheets / GPS Files:

200K: PDF EXCEL GPS(ZIP) On-Line Map Website
300K: PDF EXCEL GPS On-Line Map Website
400K: PDF EXCEL GPS(ZIP) On-Line Map Website
600K: PDF EXCEL GPS(ZIP) On-Line Map Website
1000K: PDF EXCEL GPS(ZIP) On-Line Map Website

Note to GPS Users: For best results, set the routing preference on your handheld to “Car/Motorcycle”.

Registration:

Each rider will need to complete a Brevet registration form via Online Registration or by downloading and printing out the Brevet Registration Form. There are no registration fees.

To start our events, you must be an active member of Randonnuers USA for insurance purposes. If you have not joined or renewed your membership, please do so online before the day of the event. The RUSA Membership Application can be found on their web site. Otherwise, I will be forced to charge you a $10.00 fee the day of the ride for insurance coverage.

Rules

Please see the full set of HBC Rules governing our Brevet Series Events.

Information Links:

Official Natchez Trace Parkway Website
Official Natchez Trace Parkway Map
Natchez Trace Compact Website

Contact:

To contact the Tennessee RBA, please send an e-mail to Jeff Sammons.

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015 Information

August 2015

Run every four years by the Audax Club Parisien, Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) is a timed 1200-kilometer “randonnée” that goes from the French capital to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic, and returns along the same route. The maximum time limit to complete the distance is 90 hours.

pbp2011This year over 5000 entrants from around the globe will want to try their hand at this demanding test of human endurance and cycling ability. Entrants can ride PBP non-stop in 42 hours, except for having one’s route book signed and stamped at checkpoints, and snatching food in mussette bags from support crews as the fastest riders do. Or, like most randonneurs, one can catch a little sleep at night and eat a few sit-down meals along the way. Support can only be given to riders at the checkpoints, which are spaced approximately 65-90 kilometers apart, so there are no following cars as in a normal road race.

The vast majority of entrants don’t use personal support crews and find whatever they need along the route. Each checkpoint serves hot food around the clock and has some primitive sleeping accommodations. The PBP route, while not mountainous, is quite hilly, and weather can play a major role in the outcome of the ride.

PBP 2011 Brochure

PBP Website

RUSA PBP Informational

Travel Agent

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Mission

 

The Harpeth Bike Club promotes safe, friendly and fun cycling in Middle Tennessee.