Thursday, March 10, 2011

Flèche Deadline Is Racing Towards Us!

Your deadline for submitting a route and team roster for this year's Colorado Front Range Flèche is April 1

The Flèche is a curiously appealing event: 24 hours from start to finish, no matter how fast you ride, with a minimum of 360km (224 miles) to pedal between those hours.  By contrast, I find the 400k brevet, though a bit longer, is less of a challenge, because you can go all out and don't have to put up with your teammates! 

Here are the happy teams last year finishing with a 100% success rate:

With that enticing prologue, if you're considering this year's Colorado Front Range Flèche, we're exploring new territory.  Traditionally, the flèche is held on Easter weekend, the first weekend after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.  That can mean late March, or late April, as this year.

Regions in "wintry" climates are allowed to delay their flèche.  For that reason, ours has been held the second weekend in May  (only snowed out once!).  Yet, for once we're in striking distance of actually holding our flèche on Easter weekend, as it's in late April. 

Interested?  Some teams will be reprising their efforts; new teams may be forming.  To seek a team or teammates, you may use the Colorado Randonneuring Google Group (just sign up for membership).


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