Seattle International Randonneurs

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Running a SIR Brevet


SIR brevet organizers are expected to be familiar with the RUSA Rules for Organizers (http://www.rusa.org/orgreg.html). A brevet organizer is expected to take the task seriously and to look out at all times for the best interests of SIR and its members. The organizer is expected to work closely with the RBA, other SIR officials, and the SIR Board in the organization and administration of a brevet.

Brevet Cards

Prepare brevet cards for the riders. Master brevet cards can be found on the RUSA website at http://www.rusa.org/rbakit.html or SIR template cards may be used as models (see SIR Brevet Card Templates below). Brevet cards should be printed on sturdy card stock. Where there are more control points than will fit on one card, two cards may be prepared for each rider.

SIR Brevet Card Templates
The SIR brevet card inside and outside Word doc files are located at Brevet Templates.

Please note that there are different card formats for different events. The SIR template cards are only for ACP brevets. For other events - populaires, RUSA brevets, etc - please either use the relevant master template from the RUSA website or make conforming modifications to the SIR template. If in doubt, check with RBA to determine if an event is a RUSA or ACP event.

Brevet Description

Publish a general route description in SIR newsletter and/or website a few months ahead of the ride. A sample description can be found here.

The route description should include start time and date, contact information for the brevet organizer, exact ride fees, support included in ride fees, any special requirements such as reflective vests, and control abnormalities such as no restrooms or no water. Orient this description to help riders plan equipment, resources, and schedule.

The route description should mention if any shared sleeping arrangements are included in the brevet fee or whether overnight accommodations should be arranged by riders themselves. The ride fee and amount of support should be kept to a minimum in the spirit of the self-supported randonneur.

The true spirit of randonneuring is that of a self-supported long-distance adventurous tourist. The amount of support SIR typically provides is probably the middle ground of level of support provided in various areas of the country and fairly well equivalent to larger events such as RM1200, BMB, and PBP. It is up to the brevet organizer to determine that amount of support they will provide. No matter what the support level will be, the brevet organizer must make note of this in the brevet description. This is particularly important if little or no support will be provided. If limited support will be provided, the brevet description should include where riders need to be additionally prepared for long stretches of few or no services.

The usual member fees are (200 km - $10; 300 km - $15; 400 km - $25; 600 km - $40; 1000 km - $75). Non-member fees are $10 more (see Brevet Expenses below).

Before the Brevet Date

Obtain the brevet organizer care package from the RBA or from the organizer of the previously scheduled SIR brevet. The package should include SIR control signs, liability waiver forms, stamps and pads, a clipboard, pens, card stock for brevet cards, etc.

Make sufficient route sheets and cards for the expected number of riders and a few extras for unexpected riders. Make these up well in advance.

If you are unfamiliar with making control cards, the SIR board can assist with determining control point times and route sheet details.

Have someone available as backup brevet organizer in case you can not make it to the ride because of an emergency.

Have someone who has done it before help you if you are a new organizer, so you can learn the ropes. Co-organizing is easier, more fun, and more members will be ready to lead a Brevet next year!

The brevet organizer may pre-ride the course up to 8 days before the ride and get brevet credit by following the SIR and RUSA rules. The brevet organizer may take along other ride volunteers or other riders. Normally these riders would be required to stay together. Only riders specifically invited by the organizer may pre-ride. The brevet organizer has the right to turn down a request to ride along. A pre-ride of a route is not required if it is well known. We do not advertise these pre-rides normally because we want only people we know and trust on them. Only one brevet result will be submitted for certification for a rider who chooses to ride both on the pre-ride and on the official brevet date. Any questions about pre-rides should be directed to the Regional Brevet Administrator, whose decisions are final.

There are no "make-up" rides. If you miss a brevet you'll need to look at the other series in Portland or British Columbia. Plan ahead!

Brevet Start Materials

Prior to the day of the brevet, the organizer should ensure that he or she will have the following items available at the brevet start:

___ Brevet cards
___ Route sheets
___ "Zip-lock"-type plastic bags to protect control cards/route sheets
___ A blank SIR Brevet Sign-up Sheet (or the sheet listing pre-registered riders)
___ Liability Waiver Forms (MS Word doc)
___ SIR Membership Application
___ RUSA Membership Application forms
___ Current RUSA Membership List (Optional)
___ Copy of SIR Brevet Rider Expectations for rider review
___ Pens
___ SIR Brevet sign-up sheet from Treasurer with current roster.

Brevet Sign Up Sheet

If you did not take advantage of the pre-registration process, you may need to make a brevet sign-up sheet. The sheet should list SIR members in the first column along with space to write-in non-member riders. There should be columns for:

(a) the riders RUSA number,
(b) check-off that the waiver has been signed,
(c) the brevet fee,
(d) the medal fee,
(e) SIR membership fee,
(f) RUSA membership fee,
(g) voluntary contributions, if any,
(h) checks received,
(i) cash received,
(j) finish time.

A sample SIR Brevet Sign-up Sheet can be seen here (an Excel Worksheet version is also available). The current list of SIR members may be obtained from the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Brevet Start Procedures and Checklist

Be at the start of the ride 45 minutes to an hour (up to 1.5 hours in advance, especially for the shorter, well attended rides) before the brevet start time to check in riders. The following items need to be completed for each rider.

___ Have the rider sign the liability waiver and note this on the sign-up sheet
___ Collect fees (see Rider Fees below) and note them on the sign-up sheet
___ Provide the rider with brevet card, route sheet, and zip-lock bag
___ Have the rider fill out the back of the brevet card, especially their address and RUSA membership number

If more than one brevet (i.e., multiple distances) are scheduled together, the brevet organizer MUST ask each rider to sign in on the brevet sign-up sheet for the appropriate brevet. RUSA requires that the originals of these forms be mailed to RUSA in order for any rider to get credit for the brevets. (This is to avoid any chance that a rider can sign up for a longer brevet and then cut it short and request credit for the shorter distance).

The brevet organizer or organizers may perform informal safety inspections as a courtesy to riders. The brevet organizer may disqualify a rider for unsafe equipment. The rider will sign a form saying they are responsible for their equipment, but this could help prevent some problems.

The safety check might include such things as: Working lights, check to see extra batteries, extra bulbs, sufficient clothes, reflective gear, wheels properly secured into frame, handlebars not loose, brake releases closed and sufficiently adjusted to stop the bike, sufficient tire pressure, tire pump, patch kit, sufficient water on a hot day, stuff that could fall off and hit another rider, like loose bottles, lights, pump, fenders, helmet, etc.

Give riders a 10-minute and 2 minute warning of the start. Give riders a quick pre-ride briefing to call their attention to last-minute route changes, construction alerts, special route-finding issues, services availability, etc. Make every effort to get all riders off at the exact starting time. Wait one hour after the start for any late starters. Note that the brevet organizer can do the ride also and not wait around if this is explained in the newsletter and the RBA has approved.

During the ride the brevet organizers have no responsibility other than secret controls or any support specifically noted in the ride description.

Rider Fees

Ok, listen up, this gets detailed. The brevet organizer should be prepared to collect (1) brevet fees, (2) medal fees, (3) SIR membership fees (and forms), (4) RUSA membership fees (and forms), and (5) voluntary contributions for lodging.

Brevet fees. As noted above, there are two different brevet fees for each brevet, one for Members and one for non-members. A definition is in order: A "Member" is a person who is BOTH a member of SIR and a member of his or her "national randonneuring organization." For US nationals, the national randonneuring organization is RUSA, so for US riders a Member is a rider who is both a SIR and a RUSA member. For non-US nationals, a national randonneuring organization is an organization in their country that is a direct correspondent with ACP, such as Audax UK or Audax Australia. In Canada there are several such direct correspondents, including BC Randonneurs.

Riders who are not Members pay the higher brevet fee which is $10 higher for all brevets. For US riders, the brevet organizer should verify current SIR and RUSA membership via current membership lists (see Brevet Start Materials above for how to obtain these). For non-US riders, it's basically an honor system, but make note of the name of their organization.

Medal fees. Riders need not order medals, it's their option. The medal fee is $8. The brevet organizer can take medal orders ONLY from Members.

Membership fees. Riders may apply for SIR and/or RUSA membership at the brevet start and get the benefit of the lower member brevet fee. The brevet organizer should collect the SIR application form, checking for completeness, and the $10 (email newsletters) or $15 (USPS newsletters) membership fee. For riders who are not current members of RUSA (or other national randonneuring organization), the brevet organizer should also collect the RUSA application form and the $20 membership fee.

After the Brevet

Collect all stamped cards at the end of the brevet. Be sure to note the time if you collect cards at the end of brevet. Double check card before letting rider leave. Make sure that it has been signed by the rider. Sign the card on the line for brevet organizer's signature.

If the final control is not attended by a SIR official, give specific instructions to riders on how to handle brevet cards at the finish - leaving at designated local establishment or sending to organizer. Otherwise, riders can expect to simply leave their control card at the final control with a SIR official.

Within TEN days of the brevet, submit all results and paperwork, as follows:

  1. Send to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via e-mail the list of finishers, their RUSA membership numbers, finish times, and medal orders. Include also a description (who and why) for all DNFs.
  2. Send to the newsletter editor via e-mail a brief report on the brevet. This may include the riders and finish times, but these results should not be published until confirmed by the RBA.
  3. Send or deliver the following items to the SIR Treasurer:
    • a. The completed sign-up sheet
    • b. All fees collected (it is preferable to send a personal check for all cash collected along with the individual checks received)
    • c. An accounting for all expenses, with receipts. See Brevet Income Report (PDF).
    • d. SIR and RUSA membership applications received
  4. Send or deliver the completed brevet cards and liability waiver forms to the RBA
  5. Return the brevet organizer care package to the RBA or deliver it to the organizer of the next scheduled SIR brevet.

The SIR Treasurer will send a reimbursement check to the brevet organizer for the ride expenses.

The RBA will retain the control cards until the brevet certification stickers are received from RUSA. At the end of the year, the RBA will see that they get to the individual riders along with any medals ordered.

The brevet organizer may use the RBA and/or the SIR Board to help clarify a rule or make a decision such as whether a rider is capable of attempting a ride. In such situations, the brevet organizer should gather all relevant information and use the SIR officials in an advisory mode.

Updated 09.01.05


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