A Permanent is like a brevet but you can arrange to ride it any time, not just on one specific date established by the organizer. 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+ (100-199km for a Permanent Populaire). You must be a RUSA member to ride a Permanent (or a member of another ACP-affiliated country organization.) A Permanent may be ridden alone or with a group.

Permanent rides in the US are validated by RUSA; therefore, they do not count toward any ACP awards nor do they serve as qualifiers for PBP or other foreign events, such as RM 1200k's. However, a Permanent counts toward RUSA's annual distance award and R-12 award. (Permanent Populaires count toward the RUSA P-12 award as well as toward RUSA's annual distance awards.) A Permanent may serve as a qualifier for a US-based 1200km randonnée or other event at the discretion of the event organizer. 

Another key difference between permanents and brevets is that permanents are owned by RUSA members and are approved through RUSA with input from the RBAs of the region.  Anyone may create a route and submit it as a permanent.  GLR maintains this list of permanents in our area as a way to help our members advertise the routes that they create.  Once a permanent is approved by RUSA, we will happily list it here.  Any GLR member may request to have their permanent added to this site by writing it up on our site under My Events and Information> Add My Permanent. or use this button:

Add My Permanent

We will forward all comunication with prospective riders through our Contacts section.

To learn more, see the Rules for Permanent Riders and go to the Permanents FAQ.

Ogle County Populaire

This route is what gives us Flatlander's a bad name because well, it's flat!  Oh, there's a hill here and there but mainly it's flat.  It's got cornfields, bean fields, gravel, dogs, pickup trucks, nuclear plants and a Blackhawk War Battlefield.  Just kidding about the gravel.  You travel through places like the Hub City, Kings, Holcomb, Stillman Valley, New Milford, Kirkland, and Esmond, IL.  Did I say it was flat?  The roads are mostly low traffic town roads but I threw in a couple of state highways and feeder roads just to keep you on your toes.   There is no charge for this populaire because well, my conscious wouldn't let me. The ride starts and ends in Rochelle, IL.  The start and end reciept can be obtained at any business in the Caron Ridge Shopping Center. To ride this permanent contact Mike Hauptman Directions to start: https://goo.gl/maps/0meeW The Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17335848  

Holy Kettle 205k RUSA #1900

Starting and ending in Glendale, WI, 9 miles north of downtown Milwaukee, this route heads west to the Holy Hill Basilica, which provides plenty of climbing for a warm up. From there it heads north through West Bend and the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive to Kewaskum. Then it's east, out of the hills, to Oostburg, and finally the run back south through scenic Port Washington. A nice flat finish, but very often it's a headwind coming home! Road surfaces around Holy Hill can be pretty rough, and there is a section of gravel trail north of West Bend,  so rock-hard skinny tires might not be your best bet. 

Owner Ted Durant

Rock River Valley Populaire #2832

On this 63.7 mile reversable populaire you cross the Rock River 4 times, riding on quite roads past quaint little farms.  This challenging loop winds through the Rock River Valley from Oregon up to Byron down to Dixon and back to Oregon. Past the Nachusa Grasslands, the Grand Detour of the Rock River, and the Byron Power Station. 

Read more: Rock River Valley Populaire #2832

Fox Valley Permanent #925

This route starts and ends in Naperville, IL. After heading NW through Fermilab and Batavia, the route heads SW towards Ottawa with sections along the north side of the Fox River. From Ottawa the return is generally towards the NE with sections along the south side of the Fox River. The roads are mostly low traffic rural roads, with some low-traffic suburban roads around Naperville. The route has a few sections of rolling hills, but nothing you need your lowest gears for - except for one hill after crossing the Fox River on the way to Ottawa.

There are a variety of places to grab lunch in Ottawa: Jimmy Johns, Subway, Wendy's McDonalds. Jimmy Johns is very good, their sandwiches are large, and their pop machine also dispenses water. If I can't eat the whole sandwich, I stop in Sheridan to finish it (the BP has inside and outside seating) or there are a couple of places to stop on the outskirts of town.

The ride start/end is less than a mile from the Naperville Metra station.

Website for Fox Valley Permanent 

600K Delavan – Stevens Point Round Trip RUSA #2870

The permanent goes from Delavan to Stevens Point, Wisconsin and back. It follows rural, generally very good (many recently resurfaced), roads with small rolling hills.   The optimal starting time would be 6:00 am for a 600k, though the owner is free to choose their time and date. On the way back to Delavan, after completing 400 kilometers, one can stop for a nap at the Countryside Lodge Magnuson Hotel at 227 Ripon Rd in Berlin. Reservations should be made in advance by calling (920) 361-4411. All controls are Kwik Trips which are open 24 h and provide hot food such as soups, burgers, pizzas, hot dogs etc. Additional places with food as well as bike shops are indicated on the map below.  To ride the permanent contact Lech Kiedrowski. This permanent has been designed with an idea to make longer distances (up to 1200K) readily available to GLR members. To this end, the permanent can be combined with one of the existing GLR brevets or other permanents. Since all controls are open 24/7, a combined 1000K or 1200K ride could start in the afternoon. The maps can be found at: Delavan > Stevens Point Stevens Point > Delavan  

Hub City Permanent #2696

A challenging loop that winds around north central Illinois on quite roads through the best farmlands in the country and the Rock River Valley.  

Read more: Hub City Permanent #2696