New for 2023: The Fleche finish will be Chamounix Carriage House in Philadelphia.
Chamounix in Philly as the Fleche finish unifies the Fleche with our SR series staged in the same location. Chamounix is a short bike ride from many public transit options.
All start locations must be significantly outside the city limits of Philadelphia. No "loop" courses will be approved. Design your course to ride in from New York City, Lancaster, Doylestown, Harrisburg, or many other possible locations and, if desired, close the loop with public transit. If you live in Philly, there are many options that would allow you to use public transit to your start. If you live outside Philly, transit from Philly can get you back. Of course, it's also possible to shuttle cars between your start and the finish.
Since this is our first use of Chamounix for the fleche, firm recommendations for establishments meeting the 22-hour distance criteria are not yet available. Twenty-four hour diners with booths or table seating are preferrable. For example the 24 hour Minella's Diner in Wayne is at around the correct distance. Most everyone will appreciate a warm, comfy place to sit and rest their eyes for a bit before tackling the final 2-hour leg. Follow the blog for more recommendations.
According to recent advice from RUSA, the online waiver is now the only waiver needed. All fleche team members must register online and complete the online waiver, but no paper waivers are needed.
Chamounix, also known as Montpelier, is a historic home located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Federal-style house was built in 1802 by George Plumsted who was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant, then enlarged to nearly double its original size by subsequent owners after 1853.
We will use the Carriage House for our finish, which is the building on the left as you approach the eyelet at the end of Chamounix Drive.
There is ample parking near the end of the road by the stables. Riders can also park on either side of the Mansion in the designated parking areas, or off the circle to the right. Parking is free to riders during the event.
Suggested parking locations for the start/finish are public places, with theft and vandalism a real possibility, especially in cities. Park during the event at your own risk. Please do not leave valuables in your car during the ride.
After the event you will be able to take a nap for a few hours (checkout time 3PM) in a bunk at the Carriage house, but overnight accomodations are not available there for this event.
If you need a real room near the finish, there are numerous lodging options in the city of Philadelpia, please book your arrangements with a hotel directly.
As you approach the finish control there are two buildings in the cul-de-sac eyelet. We are in the Carriage House on the left awaiting you with refreshments and eager to hear your tall tales, some of which might even be true.
This event is a randonneur-style, flèche team event sanctioned by RUSA and ACP and counts toward the R-5000 medal. Allowable start times are from noon Thursday through 10 AM on Saturday. A minimum of 360 km must be covered within 24 hours with no rest stop longer than 2 hours. Teams are composed of 3 to 5 bikes and each team designs their own route, converging to the common finish destination.
All participants are obliged to follow the Rules for the Flèches-USA, as well as local vehicle laws (PA, NJ, NY). Safety is a primary concern. Please read these Safety Instructions.
Please include a list of controles for your proposed route when you submit the route for review. Be sure to provide the complete name and address of the establishment, along with a phone number. Route approval is based upon meeting the minimum distance between controles (safely navigable by bike) as well as meeting the 22-hr controle criteria. You may submit your route in an on-line application, such as RideWithGPS, or it may be a cue sheet with a list of controls. If you use on-line means, please either provide the requested control information in the GPS map itself or in a separate list. Cue sheet submittals should be delivered in a spreadsheet format that is accessible using MS Excel. I encourage Captains/route designers to contact all controls to confirm they remain in business and will be open when you plan to arrive. Though the Fleche rules include steps to take if you arrive at a control only to find it unavailable, you can avoid disruptions by taking this step beforehand.
Once the proposed route is approved by the RBA, the list of controles are to be added into a Flèche control card prepared in Jake Kassen's Card-O-Matic applictation and a copy of the card copied into the RBA's CoM account. After route approval, any changes to the controls you plan to use must be submitted to the RBA to confirm that the minimum controlled distance is maintained.
A minimum of 25 kilometers must be ridden in the final 2 hours of the event. Proof of passage, such as a store receipt or stamp, must be obtained at the end of the 22nd hour at some location. Due to the new destination, recommendations for establishments meeting the 22-hour distance criteria are not available.
Be sure that the minimum distance is covered (360 km). There should be several controls along the route, probably not much further than 100 km apart. If the route is not a straight run at the finish, then any "corners" should be set at controls to show that no shortcuts were taken. Mileage credit will only be given to the shortest distance navigable by bicycles, between controles.
Traditional merchant receipts are permissible. When submitting receipts, only one set of receipts is required for the entire team. These should remain with the Captain's brevet card and identified with the control name or number.
Photographs are permissible provided 1) every member of the team is visible, 2) the location can clearly be identified and matched to a control on the team route, and 3) the Captain sends the photographs electronically to the RBA/Organizer at or before the time the completed brevet cards are turned in. Team Name & Control name or number must be clearly noted in the email and provide a way to identify each attached picture.
Post card controls are permissible provided the team name and control number or name is clearly identifiable. Post cards should be sent to Pennslyvania Randonneurs, 1700 Sullivan Trail, #103, Easton, PA 18040-8333. Every team member should sign the card. Bonus points are awarded to teams who provide catchy rhymes, prose, or remarks documenting their experience on the post cards.
Please note that the 22-hour control requires a means to document the departure time at the location. A text message to the RBA/Organizer is NOT an acceptable proof of passage.
EVERY rider shall note their arrival time at EVERY checkpoint control on their brevet card. Blank brevet cards will not be accepted at the finish.
Loop courses are NOT permitted. The start location must be significatly different from the finish, and a road may only be used once (crossing at a single point is allowable). Please get your start location approved by the RBA before you start to design your course.
Parking is typically available at the destination location so teams may leave one or two cars there to shuttle bikes and riders back to the starting location after the finish.
A shuttle service (like one typically used to get to an airport) is one suggestion to get team members back to a common location.
Registration includes Brunch Banquet at the finish (Sunday 8AM-11AM) and access to facilities at Chamounix, including the beds if you want get some sleep (checkout time 3PM Sunday). There are numerous lodging options in the city of Philadelphia, please book your arrangements with a hotel directly if you want a room for Sunday night.
|Mar 25||Team Captain registration closes|
|Apr 1||Route submission deadline|
|Apr 16||Rider registration closes|
|20 April||Noon: Earliest start time|
|22 April||8-9 AM: Preferred start time|
|22 April||10 AM: Latest start|
|23 April||10 AM: Latest finish|
|23 April||8-11 AM: Brunch Banquet|
This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:
Contact Organizer to Volunteer.
The online URL for this event info page is
For all other information about Pennsylvania Randonneurs, visit our web site https://parando.org/