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Dart Populaire 12/9


Each team is to design its own route that is at least 120 KM in length. The traditional format for a Dart Populaire is point-to-point, like an archer's arrow or dart flying toward its target. at a nice locale and having an awards brunch with our friends and families.  Completing a Dart Populaire, or other team event, is also required for attaining a RUSA cup.

:  Vincent Muoneke, Mark Thomas, & Theo Roffe
Finish and Party Venue: Chainline Brewing, 503 6th St S, Kirkland, WA 98033
Start time: 08:30 on December 9, 2018.

REGISTRATION: Teams must have turned in the following to the ride organizer no later than December 6th, 2018:

  • Registration form and waiver signed by all riders (including alternates).
  • Proposed route should be sent electronically.  Please contact the ride organizer if you are unable to send this information electronically.




Please provide:

  • Mail or email (with scanned signed waivers) all registration to address below prior to December 6th, 2018.
  • Link to map using Google, Ride with GPS (preferred) or similar.
  • Cue sheet in spreadsheet form (Excel, Google etc) with controls clearly marked.
  • Please send the registration material to Theo Roffe: randotheo AT gmail DOT com


Though not a classic Dart Populaire 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 dart. 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.

The start time (08:30 on December 9th) and starting place approved with the team's registration must be used.

Teams must either use different starting points, or different routes

At least 25 KM must be ridden between the end of the 6th hour and the end of the 8th 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 6th hour point must be noted on each control card and verified by the signature or business receipt imprinted with the time, date and location.

Teams may stop their Dart Populaire at any point after reaching a total distance of 120 KM and a minimum of 25 KM past the 6 Hour Control.  This means that Chainline Brewing in Kirkland does not have to the final end point.



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 Dart Populaire 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 Dart Populaire Rules, applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification.

See also: https://rusa.org/dartpopulairerules.html

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 8:30 PM Sunday, December 23, 2018.


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