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Seattle International Randonneurs

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Planning a Brevet and Creating Route Sheets

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Route sheets are recommended to be in the following format for rider convenience:

Column 1: The total mileage.
Column 2: The leg mileage. This is the distance from the location on previous line to the location on this line.
Column 3: The location and turn instruction. Also denote controls with "CONTROL" and use bold font. Include the opening and closing times for each control.
Column 4: Total kilometer distance. 1.609 times column 1.
Column 5: The leg distance in kilometers. (This column is optional.)

Organize route sheet layout so you can fold into a "zip-lock" plastic bag and see all the turns to the next control. The rider can refold at each control to see the turns to the next control.

Accuracy to +/- 0.1 miles is sufficient for each turn, but try to keep an accurate running total. It is hard to determine distances within +/- 1 percent, but a +/- 3 percent error is not very good.

Some typical abbreviations are listed below:

R = right
BR = bear right
L = left
BL = bear left
ST = straight (denotes a major crossing)
X = cross
+ = intersection
RR = railroad tracks (caution)

Compass or route directions

N, S, E, W
NW, NE
SW, SE
e.g. US-2 E (US Route 2 heading east)

Where there are long stretches between controls, it is helpful to note the location (and hours of operation) of services available.

When the route includes mountain passes, it is very useful to the riders to indicate summits on the route sheet (and the road milepost as well).

The route sheet should include emergency numbers for a rider to use in case of difficulty or to inform the organizer that the rider has abandoned the brevet.

 

 

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