Permanents in the Region
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:
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
- Written by Mike Hauptman Mike Hauptman
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
- Written by Ted Durant Ted Durant
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.
- Written by Mike Hauptman Mike Hauptman
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.
The ride start/end is less than a mile from the Naperville Metra station.
- Written by Eric Peterson Eric Peterson
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.
- Written by Lech Kiedrowski Lech Kiedrowski