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.