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Anyone planning on riding PBP this year should seriously consider riding a flèche this Easter. This will give invaluable experience in planning, night riding and working as a team. The minimum distance is 360k as part of a 3-5 person team, which should be within all PBP hopefuls sights by early April.

Entry details from organiser are below, along with ACP rules. If you are looking for a team send your details to the forum, stating where you are based and your desired finishing  distance.


Just a reminder about the Easter Flèche 2015.  Would those who are planning/trying to get a team together please let me (Niall ndiamond@eircom.net)  know, together with a rough idea of the route – it doesn’t have to be a final version at this stage.  I would like to have an idea how many teams to expect.  I hope to ride myself, and to be at the finish in Mullingar on the Saturday morning from about 9am.  I would like to be there for finishing teams, but I don’t intend to stay for the whole weekend, so it would be great if the majority of teams could try to finish on Saturday, preferably by about 1pm.  If you can’t do that it’s not a problem, you will just have to make arrangements to get your teams Brevet Cards and proofs of passage to me afterwards.

At the moment the Finish will be in Reynos Café again, assuming they’ll have us.

So please get back to me with details of current team members (more can be added, minimum 3 max 5), team name if known, and rough route.  Minimum of 3 team members must complete at least 360km in 24 hours, including at least 25km in the final 2 hours in order to be homologated as a finishing team.

ACP Rules for info.


More details – http://www.audaxireland.org/calendar/gazetteer/easter-fleche/



Entries Open For The Fleche

I am now taking entries for this year’s Easter Flèche.  You can find more detailed rules on the Flèche page, but essentially the idea is that a team of 3-5 riders devises their own route for a 24-hour ride over the Easter weekend with honours going to the team that completes the longest distance.  Last year’s winning team managed 452km.

For want of any better suggestions, the finishing point for all routes will once again be the Stephen Roche monument in Dundrum.  The entry fee will be €25 per team.  Routes need to be with me two weeks before Good Friday i.e. Friday March 23rd.  The length of your route will be assessed as the minimum distance between your specified control points according to the walking directions on Google Maps.

The Flèche is a unique audax event – always early enough in the year that there’ll be long hours riding in the dark, and potential for rough weather conditions.  The aspect of riding together as a team also gives it a different flavour in what is often a very individualistic discipline.

A Flèche is one of the required events for Audax Club Parisien’s Randonneur 5000 medals (a full SR series including a 1000km, Paris-Brest-Paris, a Flèche and enough other rides to make your total up to 5000km) so I’m hoping to see some interest from our numerous newly-minted PBP anciens…certainly I’m looking forward to sending my completed application in once I get my homologation number from PBP.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me.