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Welcome to the commuterDude permanents page

This page contains information specifically on RUSA permanents officiated by Keith Gates, RUSA #1445, in and around the Kansas City Area.  This page contains a list of each of the routes offered and specific considerations for scheduling and registering your ride.  

All information here simply augments what you'll find on the permanents search page on - remember, if there is any conflict on this page with anything in RUSA's rules, RUSA's rules rule.

Important links :
RUSA Permanent FAQs
RUSA Permanent Rules:


Before choosing a route please review the following:


How to register to ride one of the routes:

- Contact me via email with AT LEAST FIVE (5) DAYS advance notice of your intended ride date - this allows for proper waiver processing.

I do not monitor social media or and no longer respond to text messages for ride coordination, set-up or results processing.

Important Details:
Please read, and thank you in advance for your cooperation!

The guidelines below have been put in place to ensure fairness for all riders - local or otherwise.  RUSA awards are hard-earned.  These guidelines exist to ensure everyone's valuable ride credit never undergoes negative scrutiny.

Permanents are ONLY available to existing RUSA members in good standing.  It is recommended that prospective riders have attended at least one ACP or RUSA brevet or club event in the past to have working knowledge of how RUSA Permanents work and what is required of riders for results verification.

  • Per RUSA rules it is incumbent upon the rider to provide "reasonable notice" when scheduling permanent rides; this starts when you email me.  
  • RUSA's FAQs suggest 4-weeks notice, however . . .
    • I can accommodate requests with AT LEAST FIVE (5) calendar days notice
    • This allows time to receive your email, reply, process your request, and deliver ride materials like cue sheet, maps, route cards
    • Even with today's technology in mind, short-notice requests will not be accommodated - poor planning does not constitute an emergency for route owners
    • Plan ahead if you want to advertise your ride to others: the 5-day lead time mentioned above applies to any additional participants, however:
    • Additional riders may be added after initial route set-up, but registration closes 48-hours prior to ride start
  • For liability reasons, your registration form and signed waiver must be in my possession prior to your ride date - electronic delivery is acceptable
    • Permanent Cards will be mailed to you via USPS - this keeps the process fair for all riders and encourages appropriate planning
      • If you are planning to advertise your ride to other RUSA members, please ensure you have allowed enough time for them to contact me and register and receive their materials and route card
      • These are not show-n-go events:  All riders must pre-register with the route owner and have a completed and signed registration form on file with the route owner prior to ride start


What about the weather?
Randonneuring ethos involves riding in all conditions - last-minute ride requests or reschedules based on better weather forecasts will not be accommodated unless rider safety becomes a concern.  Such contingencies or alternate dates should be discussed AT REGISTRATION, not within 24-hours of a ride start.

There are exceptions . . .
    • Dangerous or severe weather conditions may prompt a delayed start or reschedule - this is not to be confused with seasonally typical precipitation or seasonally typical temperatures
    • Unforeseen route conditions such as unpublished road closures, flooding, and subsequent lack of reasonable detours around either which may cause a rider to finish outside time limits
    • Our region presents unique WINTER conditions, and many concerns may surround ride planning for those pursuing the R-12 or P-12 award; your safety is paramount  -  Whenever in doubt, contact me!


Ride fees?

I charge a modest fee of $2.00 USD for any "RUSA#1445" permanent or permanent-populaire ride.  This covers postage, card stock, paper, printer ink, envelopes, results processing time and other intangibles.  There are several ways to pay:
  • I accept cash, check or PayPal
    • PayPal Link is listed on perms registration form 
    • It's fast, secure and proven

How do these rides work?

Riders follow the cue sheet provided by the route owner and ride from each control point to the next, stopping at each control for certification as well as for food, water, and services. 
  • At each control, riders must obtain the following for their ride to "count"
    • Riders must obtain a physical, paper receipt from each control
      • Make sure your receipts have TIME and DATE clearly printed
      • Hold on to your receipts:  THIS is rock-solid proof of your passage!  
        • highly encourage the habit of collecting receipts for yourself at each control, even if someone in the group "already has one"; 
        • in the event someone in your group loses a receipt, you might be the one to fill that gap and save someone's ride
    • Each control, including the start and finish, must have its corresponding box on the permanent card completed with time-of-day and initials from an employee working the c-store, gas station or restaurant which acts as the control 
  • At the start . . .
    • Your first receipt must be time-stamped to indicate you've started on the date and time agreed-upon by you and the route owner / organizer 
    • Ensure your 1st receipt validates you've started inside the agreed-upon time window: riders may start at any time within the first hour of the official start time
      • Check your receipt before you leave the control - store registers don't always sync with "real time"
      • Example:  if a ride starts at 6:00AM, your first receipt must display a time between 6:00AM and 6:59AM - similar to a brevet, the first control is open for one hour.  Do not start too early!
  • At the finish . . .
    • Obtain your final receipt and time-of-day/initials from the control - check the times, especially if finishing at a restaurant
      • Get a receipt when you finish, not after you eat!
      • Don't "time out" while enjoying your post-ride food! 
    • SIGN the appropriate space on the back of your permanent card 
    • FILL IN the ride completion time section; the ride always "begins" at the agreed-upon start time - riders can begin rolling anytime in the first hour 
    • MAIL your completed permanent card and receipts from each control back to me for processing within 10 days of finishing
    • I'll certify your results and mail your card and receipts back to you promptly

New RUSA rule:
Electronic Proof of Passage (EPP):  
RUSA has added wording in the rules allowing for Electronic Proof of Passage (or EPP) for permanent route controls.  This is allowed at the discretion of each route owner and must be agreed-to by route owner and rider before a ride takes place.  At this writing, I do not support Electronic Proof of Passage for my routes except in cases where routes are ridden outside the business hours of certain control points or at info controls which require photographic proof.  You must still obtain a receipt from each control with clearly visible time and date stamp for your ride to count for RUSA credit.  KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS!  
Contact me for details or with questions.
(updated 04/23/2018)


The Routes:  

Here are my route entries as they appear on
updated 4/23/2018

Perm Route #LocationKmClimb (ft.)Name / Link to RUSA page*Unofficial Ride With GPS LinkStates
386KS: Olathe2156200Free State Border Patrol
390KS: Olathe2007800WM Gates Memorial, KS
1057KS: Shawnee2023400Princeton Roundabout
1498KS: Herington205Herington - Olathe free routeKS
1794KS: Olathe111Border Patrol Express, KS
2104MO: Peculiar218The Mighty Peculiar
2294KS: Garnett2074000Aliceville Twister
2326MO: Kansas City202The Archie Bunker 202
2623KS: Paola2013716Left of Centerville
3151KS: Shawnee1042500Barley's Free State 104km
3152KS: Lawrence1042500The Free-State Radler 104km

* The Unofficial Ride With GPS links are provided as a courtesy for pre-ride planning and route investigation.  They may not represent the current route due to detours, construction or updates.  Contact me, the route owner, for the latest versions.  Further, I make no guarantees on the accuracy of these maps for actual GPS navigation.  The cue sheet is your best bet.  I make every effort to ensure route accuracy, but, these links are provided as a navigation aid ONLY.  Contact me if you have any questions!


If there is ever a question on rules 
or procedure, RUSA's rules rule and take 
precedence over any entry here!

updated 2019.01.31

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