116 1000k Brevets in US
At the time I write this post there are some 116 1000k bike routes (brevets) that a RUSA member can ride for mileage credit. They breakdown across the US as follows: California (16), Colorado (4), District of Columbia (1), Florida (7), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (4), Minnesota (2), Missouri (5), Montana (1), N Carolina (9), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Ohio (2), Oregon (5), Pennsylvania (3), Tennessee (1), Texas (16), Utah (2), Virginia (4), Washington (24), and Wisconsin (1). I’ve bold faced the ones local to me since I live in NJ. Interestingly, I’m the author of the one in NJ. All the other rides require me to travel. The rides out of Virginia and New York are offered somewhat regularly. The Maryland and DC rides are rarely offered. My ride in NJ is brand new and never been offered. Two of the Pennsylvania routes are basically one, and neither are hardly ever offered. The other one in Pennsylvania is out in Pittsburgh, which is quite a hike for me to get to. And it’s only been offered once.
Why are so few 1000k brevets offered annually? Why are there so few that exist in and around New Jersey? I think the answer to the first question is that few 1000k routes are designed so they are easy to administer. Said another way, few routes are designed so the riders don’t need support, i.e., the riders cannot be self-sufficient from start to finish. What do I mean? Well, the routes don’t have rest stops that the riders can depend on for service 24/7. And too much emphasis is placed on sleepover facilities. Or maybe it could be said that not enough emphasis is made when planning a route for sleepover facilities that don’t need ride organizers to be present.
In any event, the routes are poorly designed so they cannot be easily offered to RUSA members who want to ride them. Now to the second question? Why are there so few 1000k routes in existence in and near NJ? I have a few possible explanations in my head:
- The people responsible for offering such rides don’t want to be bothered with organizing such rides.
- The people responsible for offering such rides don’t want to be bothered designing such rides.
- Few people actually know how to design a 1000k route that is easy to administer. And it’s hard to solicit volunteers to run an event (route) that is tough to administer.
- The people responsible for offering such rides don’t solicit others to design such rides.
- Members of RUSA who live in or near NJ have not pushed to have 1000k rides offered locally.
I’m trying to change this problem. As I say above, I recently created a 1000k route for NJ. And I’m most of the way through the process of creating one for the Long Island NY region. I’ve got another three that would be easy to write up, but we’ll see. One has a nucleus in Elkton, MD. Another has its nucleus in Carlisle, PA. And the third one has its nucleus in Easton, PA. I have an idea for another one out of Long Island that would take advantage of two ferry rides. And I might modify the NJ-Montreal-NJ 1200k route so it would be 1000k and better designed for easy administration. I have plans for a modified Pittsburgh 1000k route, too. I might want to design a 1000k route for the Tidewater Region in eastern Virginia?