During an event each rider is considered to be on a personal ride.
The rider must obey NM traffic laws, obey all traffic signals, and wear an ANSI approved helmet while underway.
For night riding, cycles must be equipped with front and rear lights firmly attached at all times. Lights must
be on continuously between dawn and dusk, whether riding in a group or by oneself. At least one of the rear
lights must be in the non-flashing mode. Spare lights and/or batteries are highly recommended. Riders not
complying with these requirements will not be allowed to start. All riders must wear a reflective vest, sash, or reflective
material that on the front and back of the rider. Reflective ankle bands must also be worn during night riding.
Any violation of these night time rules will result in disqualification of the rider.
Each rider must be self-sufficient.
No follow cars are allowed on the course. Personal support vehicles are strongly discouraged. Support other
than from fellow riders is only allowed at checkpoints.
At the start, each rider receives a brevet
card and due sheet indicating the route and the location of checkpoints. Riders must stay on the route. If a rider
leaves the route, they must return to the route at the same point before continuing. No shortcuts or detours are allowed
unless specified by the RBA.
Riders must stop at each checkpoint and have their brevet card signed. To
ensure route adherence, unannounced checkpoints may be included along the route, being signified with a RUSA sign
or banner on or near a volunteer's vehicle.
Time limits for each checkpoint avaries according
to the distance traveled thus far and each brevet distance has a set time limit regardless of terrain or conditions.
200km - 13.5 Hours
300km - 20.0 Hours
400km - 27.0 Hours
600km - 40.0 Hours
Riders must arrive between the opening and closing times for each checkpoint. If a rider arrives after a checkpoint
closes and the RBA or his representative is satisfied that the lateness is due to an unforseen occurrence beyond the rider's
control, such as stopping to help at an accident or a road closure, the rule may be waived. Equipment failure, fitness
level, malnuressment, dehydration, etc. are not unforeseen and not beyond the control of the rider and therefore not valid
reasons for approval to continue. Failure to meet checkpoint times, despite finishing in the overall time allotment,
will result in disqualification.
At the finish, a rider must sign their brevet card and return it to the
Rules for Riders in the RUSA website.