Seattle International Randonneurs

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Fleche Rules

  • The Flèche NW is a 24 hour Randonnée and is organized and administered by Seattle International Randonneurs (SIR).
  • The Randonnée is limited to teams of riders. Each team is limited to a maximum of 5 members and a minimum of 3 members. Tandems, mixed or otherwise, count as a single member. Note...a member equates to a bicycle.
  • The purpose of the Flèche NW, in the spirit of randonneuring, is to promote teamwork, camaraderie and synergy of purpose. The goal for each team is to complete their stated objective, enjoy the journey and celebrate their accomplishment of this early season event.
  • No licensed professional riders regardless of affiliation are permitted. An exception will be made for veterans class riders more than 50 years old.
  • Distance traveled is calculated on the basis of the shortest route between checkpoints. Maps will be used to determine distances. In the case of forced detours due to road construction, accidents, etc., only the additional mileage verified by a independent 3rd party signature or stamp with time and location at the far point of the detour will be counted. Further, such mileage will be counted only if shown on the maps.
  • Routes may not use the same road twice in the same direction.
  • Members of the same team may assist one another; however, teams are expressly forbidden to aid each other.
  • Assistance from non-participants or from support vehicles following riders is also not permitted. There may be secret and roving checkpoints. The decisions of all officials are final. Those violating the rules will be notified immediately and their route cards will be marked accordingly. Any team using a following, support vehicle in any way or at any time will be disqualified and the team's club will be suspended from participating in the Flèche NW the following year.
  • This is a Randonnée, not a race. Each participant is considered to be on a solo ride and is responsible for any accidents caused by or suffered by the same. Riders must be civil at all times, they must abide by all applicable traffic laws, and they must follow the directions of all law enforcement personnel.
  • No advertising of any sort is allowed on the rider's jersey, jacket, shorts, helmet, etc.
  • Only human powered vehicles are allowed. All vehicles must be equipped with functional lights. Roving checkpoint officials can and will confiscate the route card of any rider riding without lights. Lights must be firmly affixed to the vehicle and be of sufficient wattage. Riding in a group does not change the lighting requirement. All riders must use their lights.
  • Light colored clothing and reflective vests, ankle, and arm bands are strongly recommended. Fenders are also strongly recommended.
  • The minimum distance required for the 24 hour period is 360 km. Riders may start their rides from 9:00 AM on Friday to 9:00 AM on Saturday.
  • All Flèche NW team members must sign the SIR insurance form prior to starting the Flèche.

    To Register for the Flèche NW teams must:


    1. Submit a detailed route with controls, list all team members and not more than 2 alternates, indicate the team leader and team name after January 1 and postmarked by April 1st, 2005. (Submissions arriving after this date will not be considered and will be returned to the sender.) Upon receipt and approval of their proposed route, the team will receive final registration documentation. To speed up the approval process, please provide full details on the proposed route, i.e. copy of the map used with route marked using a yellow hi-liter, control locations, town names, total mileage, as well as both partial and cumulative mileage. SIR will keep each teams membership and route confidential.

    2. For planning purposes consider the likelihood of the distance being greater than the proposed route. However, distances 15% greater than that of the proposed route cannot be certified. Similarly, distances 20% less than that of the proposed route will result in disqualification.

    3. Submit your entry fee with your route and controls. If a team withdraws prior to the start a administrative fee may be deducted from the returned entry fee.

    Before the Start:
    Each team member must have in their position their route card listing the names of the controls and the approximate time of arrival in each in the spaces provided on the card. At the start, the time and place must be noted on the route card. This must be done by a independent 3rd party i.e. a gas station, general store or a business.

    The start time and starting place approved by SIR at registration must be used. SIR officials may be on hand to officially supervise the start. All team members must have their route cards in their possession at all times and must present their route cards to all officials making such a demand.

    At the end of the 22nd hour of the ride, the exact time and the location of the team must be noted on each route card and verified by the signature and stamp of a local merchant, official, etc. Lack of the 22nd hour checkpoint verification will result in disqualification. All route cards must indicate the time and location of this verification. Failure to follow this requirement will result in disqualification.

    At the Finish:
    Teams must have their location and time verified at the nearest town or village at the end of their 24 hours. Verification must be via a stamp and a signature obtained at a place of business, a police station, or at a train/bus station. The exact time and location must be noted on the route cards as well as the mileage completed. A lost route card or missing signatures will result in the automatic disqualification of the team member(s).

    For your Flèche NW to be registered with Audax Club Parisien and the results counted toward team awards:

    • at least 3 team riders must be a member in good standing with a recognized randonneuring club.
    • at least 3 team members must have ridden the entire distance (same mileage.)
    • at least 25 KM must have been ridden between the end of the 22nd hour and the end of the 24th hour of the ride. Under no circumstances may these two checkpoints be the same place, even if the planned distance has already be completed.
    • at least 3 team members must be present at the awards banquet on Sunday and have presented the team's route cards to SIR officials between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM that day. (Note: a membber equals a bicycle).
    • team riders not arriving with the team but who have met the 360 KM requirement, as well as, the 25 KM requirement between the end of the 22nd and 24th hour will be certified as individuals, but their result will nor figure in the attribution of team awards, nor will it count for the Randonneurs 5000 award.

    The Flèche NW commission will handle all complaints or questions. These must be submitted in writing within 72 hours of the finish to the SIR official responsible for the Flèche NW.

    Commission address: To be announced prior to the Flèche NW start date.

    SIR reserves the right to change at any time the requirements set out herein.

    The registration fee: To be announced along with the finishing destination.

    The registration fee must be included with each registration. Checks should be made payable to SIR and sent to the SIR official in charge of the Flèche NW. A self addressed stamped envelope should also be included with registration.

    If several teams use the same starting point, then starts for individual teams shall be spaced one hour apart. Choice of routes and starting times will be assigned by SIR according to the order of receipt of registrations.

    Teams wishing to receive support at two or a maximum of three points during the ride must indicate such support at the time of registration and must indicate in detail the locations where support will be received.

    Prior to the start, should circumstances beyond the control of team members force a change in the makeup of the team with previously registered alternates, SIR's Flèche NW official must be notified immediately. A follow-up letter confirming any such change must also be sent.

     Last Updated: 11.25.06


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