High Point Brevets, Populaire and Flèche
Update: For 2008 info on the High Point/Lexington events, see Bicycle For Life.org.
2288 Turner Road
Lexington, N.C. 27292
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2007 event dates are Saturday 3/24/2007 for the 100km and 200km, and Friday 4/06/2007 for the flèche.|
Brevet and Populaire Cue sheets, flyer and registration forms are available now on Joel Lawrence's web site.
- The official High Point Brevets, Populaire and Flèche ride listings at RUSA
- The 2007 Sauratown 200km brevet will start at 7:00am on Saturday, March 24th
(Registration is $17.00).
- The 2007 Sauratown populaire (100km) will start at 7:30am on Saturday, March 24th
(Registration is $17.00).
- The RUSA FAQ defines a "brevet" as:
"a challenging … ride with a specific time limit. The randonneur carries a brevet card, which is signed and stamped at each checkpoint along the way to prove they have covered the distance successfully. (Losing the card, or missing a required checkpoint is a very bad thing to do!) Also, pronounce the word correctly: "brevet" rhymes with "say" or "Chevrolet", not "get" or "let". "
- The RUSA Glossary defines a "Populaire" as:
"A shorter "randonneuring" event usually run under the regulations and pace of a standard brevet, but being less than 200 kilometers in length, they lack the official sanction of the Audax Club Parisien. Populaires are often 100 or 150 kilometers in length and frequently used by experienced randonneurs for training and/or socializing, as well as introducing new riders to the ways of "randonneuring". "
- A flèche is a 24-hr team ride of at least 360km with a minimum of three riders and a maximum of five per team.
The 2007 High Point Flèche starts on Good Friday morning (April 6th) and ends Saturday morning for breakfast at Richard Lawrence's house
(which is 2288 Turner Road, Lexington, NC Maps: [Yahoo] [Mapquest] [Google] ).
Teams plot their own 360km routes, so each team has a different course.
- Lodging facilities that might be needed for the 200km brevet or populaire are about 7 miles away at the intersection of NC-68 and I-40 (Greensboro) where there are a number of motels.
Maps: [Yahoo] [Mapquest] [Google]
- These brevets are held rain or shine – no refunds of entry fees.
- Routes are not marked, but cue sheets and maps will be provided.
- ANSI or Snell approved Helmets MUST be worn at all times on course.
- Your bicycle should be in good condition. All riders must carry at least one spare tube and a pump.
- Personal sags are not allowed on the route. They are to be met at the designated checkpoints only.
- Check the Rules for Riders page at RUSA for a complete list of brevet rules.
- There will be limited coverage of the route by organizers, riders are expected to be self sufficient.
- All riders planning on doing P-B-P must be a member of RUSA and have a valid RUSA membership number prior to the first brevet of the season.
Membership applications are available at the RUSA website.
- Al Johnson has a Tips page with information useful for riding the brevets.
RUSA North Carolina Region (High Point)
Saturday, March 24, 2007 7:00 AM
Oak Hollow Marina, High Point, NC
Looking for your next challenge? Want to try Randonneur Cycling?
Then come join us for this double metric century. Miles 0-40 travel the moderately rolling Piedmont countryside. Miles 40-65 pierce the heart of the hilly Sauratown Mountains with spectacular views of the towering crags of Hanging Rock State Park and panoramic vistas of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains. Miles 65-128 return to the flat to moderately rolling Piedmont.
This ride is the first qualifier of the Randonneur Brevet Series. It will be presented in the standard French randonnée format (14 hour time limit, cue sheets, and route cards). Lights and fenders will not be required. You will be required to carry lights if you anticipate riding in the evening or after dark. Upon certified completion of the Sauratown 200km, you will be entitled to purchase the 200km medal through the Randonneurs USA (RUSA). Membership in RUSA is required for medal purchase.
Cost of the ride is $17.00 (no refunds). Tandems $30.00. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Please fill-out the registration form and waiver ahead of time if you do not pre-register. Registration for the ride will start at 6:00 AM on Saturday morning before the ride. We will provide a cue sheet, map and route card. There will be stocked rest stops along the course. We will provide a hot meal at end of ride.
Helmets must be worn during participation in this event. Each rider must obey city, county, and North Carolina state laws and rules of the road. Each rider is considered to be on a private excursion and is solely responsible for any accident in which he or she is involved. Do not attempt this ride unless you are an experienced cyclist who has trained for long distance riding. This is a single loop 128 mile course and we would like to keep the sag open for emergencies. The course will not be marked, so plan to navigate with cue sheet and map. As is typical of other qualifying brevets, the Sauratown 200km will be held rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions. Please bring appropriate clothing and equipment. (It snowed 2 inches during the 1992 Sauratown 200.)
For further information call:
Richard Lawrence (336) 249-1114 (Lexington) email@example.com
Joel Lawrence (336) 885-8157 (High Point) firstname.lastname@example.org
FlècheEach Easter weekend French randonneuring clubs ride in small teams from their respective towns to converge at a designated location in the south of the country. These rides are held in the memory and spirit of Paul de Vivie (better known as "Vélocio") who was an early champion of bicycles, derailleurs and long–distance cycletouring.
For more information, see
- The write-up and photos from the 2004 NC Flèche
- "Flèche Wounds" team photo and write up.
- The The Flèche Carolina document maintained by Richard and Joel Lawrence
- the Flèche Rules page maintained by Randonneurs Ontario.
Q. May a team finish in, say 20 hours, provided at least three finish together?
A. You can stop no longer than 2 hours at a time; you have to ride at least 25km in the last 2 hours.
It is a point-to-point ride (flèche = arrow).
You can finish a little early, but not with 4 hours to spare (it violates the 25km in last 2 hours rule).
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