For the first time in over fifteen years, RUSA has approved a new course for the St. Louis, Missouri, region. The course is identified as RUSA #2479 Randy Johnson 200k. It can be viewed on RideWithGPS at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30724023 and is available in the Brevets App as RUSA2479-RandyJohnson200k.
The new course incorporates the best parts of the the old 200k and replaces parts of the course with a 38 mile ride on the Madison County Bike Trail to start the brevet. The portion of the old course that used Highway 177 to Okawville has been eliminated.
A view along the Watershed Trail, December 12, 2018, which you will encounter on the Randy Johnson 200k course.
Randy Johnson was a longtime member of the ultradistance cycling community. He became a member of STLRandonneurs in 2006. He frequently volunteered to support other riders during record attempts, and his boundless sense of humor and good natured attitude made him a welcome riding companion at any time. He is missed by all of us who knew him.
We will be using the new course for the first time on September 28, 2019. John Jost and I pre-rode the course on September 15, 2019, and it is in fairly good condition. I have updated the cue sheets available on this site at RandyJohnson200k.