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Fleche NW 4/21-23/2017

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Flèche Northwest 2017 will be on April 21-23, the deadline for registration: April 5, 2017.

It’s time to plan for this year’s NW Flèche!   Design your route, sign up your team, and get that information turned in by April 5.

Ride Summary:

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.

Organizers:

Theo Roffe
Email: randotheo AT gmail DOT com

Date:

April 21 - 23

Start Time Range:

Noon Thursday, April 20 through 09:00 Saturday, April 22

Most teams will start Friday evening or Saturday morning. Starting on Saturday morning by 09:00 means you can ride directly to brunch. Starting Friday evening gives you some time to sleep before brunch, but you'll need to arrange your own lodging. Your team must start by 09:00 on Saturday, April 22 – later start times will not be approved.

End Location:

Olympia, WA

If you finish on Saturday evening (Friday evening start), the end location is like an open control. Recommended lodging at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tumwater - 4600 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

For teams finishing at the brunch banquet, head to the River's Edge and turn in your cards when you arrive (Saturday morning start, 9 a.m. or earlier).

Banquet Brunch:

River's Edge
4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE
Olympia, WA 98501

We will hold our banquet celebrating this year's Flèche Northwest on Sunday morning April 23, at 9:00 a.m.  The banquet will cost $20 per person (includes tax and gratuity).  Payment for the brunch must be made at the time of team registration.

Entry Fee:

Entry Fees: $25 per person

Banquet Brunch Fee: The banquet will cost $20 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Payment for the brunch must be made at the time of team registration.

Finish Time:

9:00 AM Sunday, April 23, 2017 at River's Edge - All Control Cards due at this time! (Hand cards over to Theo.)

Map:


Registration

Registration Form

Team Captains must have turned in the following to the ride organizers no later than April 5, 2017:

Registration form with waiver signed by all riders including alternates.

Mail all registration to address below prior to April 05, 2017.
A scanned copy of the form and waiver will also be accepted.
Please email as an attachment to: randotheo AT gmail DOT com

Link to map: Ride with GPS preferred, but similar formats will be accepted.

Proposed route should be sent to us electronically.  Please contact the ride organizers if you are unable to send this information electronically. Cue sheet in MS Excel or Google Sheets with controls clearly marked.

Ride fee of $25.00 per person payable to SIR (can be paid by Paypal, details on registration form)

Number of persons you anticipate will attend the Banquet on Sunday including family and friends.

Banquet cost this year is $20 per person. We encourage at least three members from each team to attend.  Hopefully the entire team will be there!

Please send the registration material to:

Theo Roffe
9705 1st Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Background:

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 required for attaining a Randonneur 5000 or 10000 standing with Audax ClubParisien, and counts as a Team Event for the RUSA Cup

DESIGNING YOUR ROUTE:

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 more than one team uses the same starting point, then starting times for individual teams shall be spaced at least one hour apart.

Each team may start its ride between noon Thursday April 20 and 9:00 AM on Saturday April 22th. Cards are due at 9:00 AM on Sunday April 23.

Most teams will start Friday evening or Saturday morning. Starting on Saturday morning by 09:00 means you can ride directly to brunch. Starting Friday evening gives you some time to sleep before brunch, but you'll need to arrange your own lodging. Your team must start by 09:00 on Saturday, April 22 – later start times will not be approved.

If you finish on Saturday evening (Friday evening start), the end location is like an open control. (Recommended lodging at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tumwater - 4600 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501)

For teams finishing at the brunch banquet, head to the River's Edge and turn in your cards when you arrive (Saturday morning start, 9 a.m. or earlier).

You must use your team's approved starting time and starting place.

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. (In the event that the 22 hour point is reached where no verification is available, the time, distance, and location of the team shall be noted by the team members on their route card and verification must be obtained at the next available location along the route.)

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.

TEAM COMPOSITION AND RIDING RULES:

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 9:00 AM Sunday, April 23, 2017.

LOGISTICS:

Details for hotel group discount and banquet location are TBD as of March 15, 2017.

The Olympia AMTRAK Station is 8 miles from downtown Olympia.

There are multiple north- and southbound trains available for daily.  Check the Amtrak schedule for up-to-date information.

Suggested bike route from the hotel to the Amtrak Station using the Woodland and Chehalis Western Trails:

https://goo.gl/maps/kjZfUfpi5Ur

Permanents:

Olympia to Bremerton route 843 (105k) is a nice route to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal.

Olympia to Portland route 1124 (200k)

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)

William Tell  (Most direct route)

Herding Cats (Most team members)

Xena Award (Team with most female members registered)

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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