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It's Fleche season!

Old 03-22-11, 12:14 PM
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It's Fleche season!

Anyone riding a fleche this year. I think the fleche is my favorite brevet. Looks like I'll be riding another one this year with some of my best randonneuring friends! We're going to be riding from San Luis Obispo down the coast to Ventura. Should be a great time as usual!
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This looks interesting... can you give some more info on how they work compared to a regular brevet?
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Originally Posted by Homeyba
Anyone riding a fleche this year. I think the fleche is my favorite brevet. Looks like I'll be riding another one this year with some of my best randonneuring friends! We're going to be riding from San Luis Obispo down the coast to Ventura. Should be a great time as usual!
Yes, the fleche has always been my favorite event, too, though of the six that I've ridden, I think we've only had the whole team get to the finish line on one of them.

This year I'm on a new team. We're riding from near the NC/VA border up to Washington, DC. In past years, I have always been one of the strongest/fastest fleche team members, but on this new team, which includes two fast tandems, I'm a little worried that I may be taking a new position on the team, as lantern rouge! Though I was able to keep up OK on a 40-mile training ride, so maybe it'll be alright.
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Originally Posted by FunkyStickman
This looks interesting... can you give some more info on how they work compared to a regular brevet?
I'll probably mess up on the rules, I've only been doing them for 15 years or so.
The ride is done by a bunch of teams they all start at the same time from different places and they all have to finish at (or near) the same time at the same location.
They are a group ride and you have to finish with at least three members of your group. The goal is to finish with everybody so your team is only as strong as the weakest rider. You have 24hrs to complete the ride. I believe the distance you have to do is 370kms (someone will correct me, I just ride the bike). Unless you choose a difficult route, there is way more than enough time for the distance. For me, these rides tend to be very social. We eat a little, ride a little, eat a little more then ride again. Repeat until the finish where you eat even more. They're just great fun!
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Originally Posted by thebulls
Yes, the fleche has always been my favorite event, too, though of the six that I've ridden, I think we've only had the whole team get to the finish line on one of them.

This year I'm on a new team. We're riding from near the NC/VA border up to Washington, DC. In past years, I have always been one of the strongest/fastest fleche team members, but on this new team, which includes two fast tandems, I'm a little worried that I may be taking a new position on the team, as lantern rouge! Though I was able to keep up OK on a 40-mile training ride, so maybe it'll be alright.
I've only done one fleche where everyone didn't finish and that was me! I had pneumonia and was training for RAAM and shouldn't have been out there in the first place.

Our team is four tandems and one recumbent. It's going to be a blast. I'm already looking for better restaurants along the way...
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360km. Close enough!

The basic rules. I'm not sure how much it varies from club to club though.
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Interesting... so it's basically several 360K Audax brevets ending at the same spot, at the same time. Cool! I wish we had enough riders to do that here.
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It sounds like so much fun - I have friends doing the SFR fleche who created a route from Yosemite Valley to the Bay Area. This year the dates for the SFR fleche conflict with my "target" (non-brevet) event, DMD. And there's only so much riding through the night I can get away with with my family in a given year.

Homey your route sounds like it should be great. What's the date?

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It is a blast! We're riding the weekend of April 16th I believe. DMD is something not to be missed. I've had a lot of fun on that ride!
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I'll be doing the SRCC 400k in prep for DMD on 4/16. I'll be thinking of you guys and that extra 60k.... (The time I completed DMD, I used a brevet series as training, so I am hoping that pays off this year as well.) I should know this from BikeJournal, etc., but Homey are you going to PBP this year? I think you are RAAM-ing instead...
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was invited to my first Fleche this year.....always wanted to ride my bike all day and night. Haven't ever ridden more than a 200k so this would be my longest ride. Climbing is approximately 15,000ft.....aargh! Beautiful route though - from Potomac, Md up through Sharpsburg in Washington County; then onward through picturesque Gettysburg, PA - battlefields are quite beautiful and peaceful. From Gettysburg, we turn towards Union Bridge, MD and begin the return through Thurmont and Frederick, MD. We then follow Rt 355 all the way back through Washington DC for our arrival at the Marriott hotel in Arlington, VA for breakfast with the other teams. Looking forward to it and hoping we have good weather. Hope i feel the same way about the fleche as you all say!
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Originally Posted by maillotpois
I'll be doing the SRCC 400k in prep for DMD on 4/16. I'll be thinking of you guys and that extra 60k.... (The time I completed DMD, I used a brevet series as training, so I am hoping that pays off this year as well.) I should know this from BikeJournal, etc., but Homey are you going to PBP this year? I think you are RAAM-ing instead...
Yep, I RAAMing again this year. I've done PBP and while PBP is a blast it just doesn't compare to RAAM...
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Originally Posted by Homeyba
Yep, I RAAMing again this year. I've done PBP and while PBP is a blast it just doesn't compare to RAAM...
I bet - I can't even imagine. RAAM just sounds otherworldly. But the way you describe it is a little like this British adventure motorcyclist guy I heard speak last night who (while being wildly funny all the while) tries to convince you that anyone can ride their motorcycles across Siberia - if he can do it, anyone can. Somehow I think you're both a little special.

I am also not doing PBP, but RM 1200 is looking intriguing. (And I'm not riding a dirt bike across Siberia, but I think the multistrada and I are going to put on some good miles for our family vacation in 2012.)
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If you don't want to ride a dirt bike across Siberia you might think about riding one across Australia. That Multistrada might be just the bike for that. You might also be able to talk me into doing it with you! I was just out crosstraining on the Husky in the Mojave Desert last weekend. Lot's of fun! Keep the RM1200k on your radar! Right now it looks like you'll have a tandem to ride with.
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Keep the RM1200k on your radar! Right now it looks like you'll have a tandem to ride with.
Fantastic!

And the Multi and I are just getting to know each other. I'm not committing to international travel on her yet. But we'll do a family trip next year. (It's a 2006 - the old ugly one, not the new ugly one. I traded my monster for it 10 days ago and it hasn't stoppe raining since.)
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