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upcoming rides in May and June

posted May 3, 2011, 6:01 PM by Mark Beaver   [ updated May 3, 2011, 6:04 PM ]
Hi all, here is some further information on rides for the month of May and June..

Brevet rides require pre-registration, in order for the ride organizer to prepare brevet cards and maps for each rider.  Riders carry their
brevet card with them on the route, and stop at the pre-designated "controls" or checkpoints, to have a witness validate their arrival and time.  Cards are submitted back to the organizer, who submits the time results to the Audax Club Parisien in France for validation or "homologation"

Our brevet schedule begins in a couple of weeks.  As in past years, we have scheduled a Wednesday option for each of the 200km, 300km, and 400km brevets on the following Saturday.

So, on the second week of May, there is a 200km brevet on Wednesday May 11th and also on Saturday May 14th.

On the last week of May, we have a 300km brevet on Wednesday May 25th and also on Saturday May 28th.

Also on Wednesday, May 25th, there is another 200km brevet which will happen concurrently with the 300km, for those who missed both of the first two.

And on the first week of June, we will have a 400km brevet taking place on Wednesday June 1st and also on Saturday June 4th.

And for those planning to complete the "super randonneur" series, there is one crack at the 600km - on Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th.

And the deadline approaches for participants to signal their intent to participate in one rather unique ride on our schedule - the Flèche Atlantique on May 21st weekend.

The Flèche is a long-standing tradition amongst randonneuring clubs around the world, hearkening back to the springtime gatherings in Provence, France, of all the rando clubs in the country, who would ride a 24-hour distance challenge ride, culminating in a large social
gathering in the south of France.  The Flèche Velocio, as it is known, has been going on since 1947, and clubs in many countries have adopted the concept.  In temperate countries, the Flèche takes place around Easter weekend but for "northern" climates, the date may stretch as far forward as the end of May.  The concept is simple - a group of riders, numbering between three and five, ride together for a 24-hour period.  The group sets a planned route and tries to go as far as they can in 24 hours - the mininum route
must be 360km or greater.  Our club will be looking to form one or two Flèche teams for this year -
and the participants should have a route concept by early May to submit to the club executive for approval.
If you're thinking about this challenge, let me know by Sunday May 8th.