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Fleche Northwest 2012 - April 6-8


Deadline for registration: March 23, 2012

Now is the time to plan for your NW Flèche experience!   Design your route, sign up your team, and get all that information turned in by March 23rd.  This is that wonderful SIR event you do not want to miss. Last year we had 11 teams - let's see if we can't top that number this year.

Destination: Olympia

Finish: Governor Hotel in Downtown Olympia; 621 Capitol Way S; Olympia, WA 98501

Questions: Email: morse_josh AT Comcast DOT net

Welcome to the 15th Annual Flèche NW.  The Flèche is a 24 hour, team event, of at least 360 KM in distance and run similar to a brevet. Each team plans its own route with a common destination in mind. The Flèche is a fun event fostering friendships, teamwork and camaraderie during the planning, riding and finishing celebration of the accomplishment. This year we are returning to Olympia, WA.for our finish location. You again have a myriad of route possibilities. Last year there were routes that allowed teams to reach Olympia from any of the four cardinal directions.

Paul "Codfish" Johnson has again been kind enough to provide us with four suggested routes to the Governor Hotel in downtown Olympia.  These will be updated here soon!

From the North and West (US-101)

From the West on SR-8 (Shelton) (Anyone coming into town from the west on Hwy 8 (Aberdeen etc) should avoid the merge with 101 coming south from Shelton.  It is a dangerous junction for bikes and the alternates will be much safer.)

From the South (Tenino)

From the South and West (Littlerock, Rochester)

From the North and East (Yelm, McKenna)


  • Organizers: Josh Morse and Millison Fambles
  • Date: Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2012
  • Starts: Noon Friday, April 6 through 8:00 AM Saturday, April 7, 2012
  • Destination: Governor Hotel - Olympia
  • Address: 621 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501 Tel. 360-352-7700
  • Finish by: 8:00 AM Sunday, April 8, 2012 - All Control Cards due at this time!
  • Entry Fees: $75 per team
  • Banquet Brunch: We will hold our banquet celebrating this year's Flèche Northwest on Sunday morning April 8 at 9:00 a.m.  The banquet will cost $18 per person (includes tax and gratuity)As we did the past three years, payment for the brunch must be made at the time of team registration.

REGISTRATION: Team Captains must have turned in the following to the ride organizers no later than March 23, 2012:

  • Registration form with waiver signed by all riders including alternates.
  • Proposed route should be sent to us electronically.  We can read maps made in MS Streets and Trips; BikeRouteToaster, Atlas USA, Google Maps, or Bikely.  We would also like to see a cue sheet in MS Excel with controls clearly marked.  Please contact the ride organizers if you are unable to send this information electronically.
  • Ride fee of $75.00 per team payable to SIR (can be paid by Paypal), and Number of persons you anticipate will attend the Banquet on Sunday including family and friends. Banquet cost this year is $18 per person and remember at least three (3) team members must attend. Hopefully the entire team will be there!

Otherwise please send the registration material to:

Josh Morse
5506 Windemere Dr SE
Olympia, WA 98501

  • Each team is to design its own route that is at least 360 KM in length. The traditional format for a Flèche is point-to-point, like an archer's arrow (flèche in French) flying toward its target. In France, the destination is usually a resort community providing a festive surrounding for waiting family and friends.  We try to replicate some of this by ending our Flèche at a nice locale and having an awards brunch with our friends and families.  Completing a Flèche is also required for attaining a Randonneur 5000 standing with Audax Club Parisien.



  • Though not a classic Flèche route, a large circuit or loop may also be used, such as to make a scenic tour of a region. However, an out-and-back route is not consistent with the traditions of the Flèche. A short out-and-back route segment is permitted, such as to obtain food and supplies in remote regions, but no control may be used more than once and no road segment may be used more than once in the same direction. If an out-and-back route segment is utilized in the overall route design, a control point must be located at its turnaround.
      • Distance traveled is calculated on the basis of the shortest route between checkpoints that can be legally traveled by bicycle. Maps or mapping software with accurate mileages will be used to determine distances.
      • No rest stop may exceed two hours in any one location.
      • If several teams use the same starting point, then starting times for individual teams shall be spaced at least one hour apart.
      • The start time and starting place approved with the team's registration must be used.
      • 22 Hour Control: At least 25 KM must be 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 been completed. The exact time and the location of the team at the 22 hour point must be noted on each control card and verified by the signature or business receipt imprinted with the time, date and location.
      • Final 24 Hour Control: Teams may stop their Flèche  at any point after reaching a total distance of 360 KM and a minimum of 25KM past the 22 Hour Control.  This means that the Governor Hotel in Olympia does not have to the final end point.
      • How to get to the Gorvernor Hotel: Local expert Paul “Codfish” Johnson has provided some route possibilities to the hotel (see links above).


  • Each team is limited to a maximum of five members (machines) and a minimum of three members. Tandems or other multi-rider vehicles count as a single member.
  • Members of the same team may assist one another. However, teams are expressly forbidden to aid each other, even teams from the same club. The one exception to this is in the event of a medical emergency.
  • During the event, riders may not draft anyone except their own Flèche teammates.
  • At least three team members (read machines) must have ridden the same distance and arrive at the finish together.
  • No following cars are allowed under any circumstances. Teams using a support car can receive support from their car only at the control points listed on their route cards.
  • Assistance from other motorized non-participants is also not permitted, except in the case of a medical emergency. There may be secret and roving checkpoints.
  • All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with SIR Brevet Rider Expectations, RUSA Flèche Rules, applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification.
  • All riders are reminded to please conduct themselves per SIR standards. Be courteous to control workers and staff.
  • All the team's Brevet Control Cards are due to the organizers no later than 8:00 AM Sunday, April 8th.


  • We would like everyone to stay at the Governor Hotel.  We have negotiated a very reasonable rate of $85.00 per double occupancy (a little more for 3-4 in a room).  Please make sure to make your reservations early and to mention Seattle Randonneurs to get the discounted rate.

  • The organizer’s room will be available to those wishing to shower and change clothes Sunday morning or if you get in early on Saturday – before your rooms are available.

  • We plan to have a delicious brunch on Sunday, April 8th.  We hope to have a lot of fun.

  • The Olympia AMTRAK Station is just under 10 miles from our hotel.  Northbound there’s a train at 2:05 PM and at 4:38 PM taking approximately 1 hr and 50 minutes to Seattle.  Southbound to Portland there’s a 12:44 PM and a 3:44 PM train taking a little over 2 hrs.  Check schedule for up-to-date info.

  • The Governor Hotel has indicated they accept packages for guests.  You can send clothes and other items to the hotel within a couple of days of our Flèche.  Please contact the hotel in advance.



AWARDS:  Awards will be presented at the brunch banquet on Sunday.  The following are again under consideration:

  • Over Achievers (Longest distance)
  • Lowball (Shortest distance - closest to 360KM)
  • Newbie (Highest average RUSA number)
  • Grey Hair (Lowest average RUSA number)
  • Highest Flyers (Most elevation gain on planned route)
  • Pancake Award (Least elevation gain on planned route)
  • Drunkard (Most circuitous route)
  • Herding Cats (Most team members)
  • Xena Award (Team with most female members)
  • Mark Twain (Best tale from ride) to be voted on at brunch
  • Best Handle (Best Team Nickname) to be voted on at brunch



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