Pennsylvania Randonneurs

The Eastern PA
Flèche

Thursday 7 April 2022
12:00 EDT Earliest Start Time

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The Flèche

New for 2022: PA Randonneurs is being hosted by Keystone Bicycle Company in Philadelphia as a finish venue for the 2022 PA Flèche. They will be throwing an outdoor party from 8-11 AM on Sunday for fleche team arrival celebrations.

KBC Crew

22-Hour Controls

Since this is our first use of KBC, recommendations for establishments meeting the 22-hour distance criteria are not yet available.  Twenty-four hour diners with booths or table seating are preferrable.  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 recommendations.

Waivers

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.

Common Finish Location

Keystone Bicycles

1800 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(267) 534-3882

KBC LogoKeystone Bicycle Co. (KBC) is located at 1800 N. American St, which is a shared warehouse space bordered by Berks St. to the north. There is one entrance to access the lot along N American St., near W. Montgomery Ave. After entering, turn right towards the north end of the lot. The entrance to Keystone Bicycle Co. is through the double-doors to the right of the larger garage door, and the shop is the first space on the right when you enter the building. If the outer door is locked when you  arrive, call.

Restrooms and a bottle-fill station are available inside, as well as a full bike shop for last-minute spare parts or repair needs. You can leave your bike in the covered bike shelters outside, or bring it inside while you check-in.

Parking

The KBC entrance is located behind the fence at the far right end of the building. There are a few parking spots near KBC behind the fence as shown in the parking diagram. You are welcome to park in one of these, but they are limited. If this fills up, there is plenty of free street parking on N. American St.   As this is a narrow street, park   close to the curb and fold your driver side mirror in.  Load and unload your car from the curb side for safety.

Lodging

There are numerous lodging options in the city of Philadelphia, please book your arrangements with a hotel directly.

Finish

Depending on the weather, the finish check-in and gathering will either be directly outside of the KBC entrance at the far north end of the lot, or inside the KBC space. A vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant Sor Ynez is conveniently located on premises and is open until 9PM for dine-in and take-out options.

Riding a Flèche

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.

Route Design Guidelines

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.

22-hour Controle

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.  

Distance and Controles

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.

Proof of Passage

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.  

Logistics

A loop course may be designed, to minimize team travel between the start and finish. The start location, however, must be different from the finish, and a road may only be used once (crossing at a single point is allowable).

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

Registration Fee

For PA Rando members: $40
There is an extra $10 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Pre-payment only. Day-of-event payment is not available for this event.

Includes

Registration includes Brunch Banquet at the finish (Sunday 8AM-11AM) and access to facilities at  Keystone.  We will even have a few spaces for tired riders to rest before traveling home, but you should really consider booking a room somewhere to get some sleep. There are numerous lodging options in the city of Philadelphia, please book your arrangements with a hotel directly.

Registration is closed for this event.

Schedule

Mar 12Team Captain registration closes
Mar 19Route submission deadline
Apr 3Rider registration closes
7 AprilNoon: Earliest start time
9 April8-9 AM: Preferred start time
9 April10 AM: Latest start
10 April10 AM: Latest finish
10 April8-11 AM: Brunch Banquet

Conditions

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 06:33
Sunset: 19:32

The hours for this event extend beyond daytime. Riding at night without appropriate reflective gear and lights will result in an immediate disqualification. See the rules Article 10 for requirements. See the reflectivity guide for best practices.

Weather

Weather forecast for finish location: Philadelphia, PA.

This event runs rain or shine. Rides are sometimes postponed or canceled if there is a significant chance of extreme conditions that threaten safety (e.g. ice, snow, high winds). Check the message board for last minute announcements.

Volunteer

This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

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Questions About This Event?

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The online URL for this event info page is

https://parando.org/info/event/2022-04-07/360

For all other information about Pennsylvania Randonneurs, visit our web site https://parando.org/