Arrows & Darts

The Easter and Summer Arrows to York are team events, based on the format created by Audax Club Parisien for the Flèche Vélocio, in which teams head to the traditional Easter cycling rally in Provence (France).
The aim of these events is to ride as a team, with the goal to cover the longest distance possible during 24 hours, heading towards York from various starting points.
The Easter Arrow is validated by Audax Club Parisien as the UK’s equivalent to the Flèche Vélocio. It may be substituted for the Flèche Vélocio when claiming your Randonneur 5000 and 10000 awards from ACP.

The Summer Arrow is run to the same rules but is only validated by Audax UK. Either event may be used towards the AUK Brevet 5000 and other AUK awards.

Darts are events similar to Arrows for individuals or informal groups of any size, riding to or from a designated meeting point over a set time period. Audax UK organises the following calendar Dart events:

  • Summer Darts to York. 14 hours, Min 200km, Max 420km (=30kph) to York
  • Dinner and After Dinner Darts. 14 hours, Min 200km, Max 280km (=20kph) to & from the Audax UK Annual Re-union & Dinner.

These events can be found in the Calendar

Entry Procedure, Validation and Rules

Rules for Easter & Summer Arrows

  1. TEAMS consist of between 3 to 5 machines (tandems count as one machine e.g. 5 tandems allows 10 riders). The team must ride together, and at least 3 members must arrive at the finish for the ride to be validated. Only team members who ride the whole distance will be validated.
  2. START TIMES. Teams may start from Friday 06:00 to Saturday 10:00hrs. The start time must be adhered to. Different teams may not ride together. If several teams use the same starting point and route the start times for the individual teams shall be spaced at least one hour apart.
  3. DISTANCES. At least 360km must be covered during the 24 hours but you should plan more e.g. 400k or 500k as your target. The team will be validated if the actual distance covered is within 20% above or below the one stated before the ride (with an absolute minimum of 360km) E.g. if you plan a 450km route the team must ride between 360 and 540km.
  4. ROUTES. Each team designs their own route. Distances will be credited from the shortest distance between control points. Routes can be circular and in any direction but must eventually head for York.
  5. CONTROLS Each team member shall obtain proof of passage at the starting point and each designated control in the form of a stamp, ATM or till receipt. If proof of passage is not available a photo of the whole team clearly identifying the place (e.g. in front of a road sign) may be substituted.
    •  During the 22nd hour and at the end of the 24th hour the exact time and location of the team must be noted in the brevet card and proof of passage obtained.
    •  The team must ride until the end of the 24th hour. If proof of passage is not available at that point they must continue riding to the next available place where it may be obtained. This does not have to be York, it can be on the way to York.
    •  A minimum of 25km must be ridden between the 22nd hour control point and the finish.
    Example: You start Saturday at 09:00hrs. You must obtain proof of passage between Sunday 06:00 and 07:00hrs (22nd hour), and at 09:00hrs (24th hour). It is 09:00hrs, you have ridden 420km but are in the countryside 10km from the next town. You must ride to this town, obtain proof of passage and note ‘420km’ in your brevet card.
  6. SUPPORT No following cars are allowed. Teams may only meet a support car at the designated controls. No rest stop may exceed two hours.

See also the Flèche Vélocio Rules at www.audax-club-parisien.com/EN/index.php?showpage=351

Validation
Brevet Cards must be returned to the organiser within 14 days of the ride. The Arrow will be validated provided that:
•  At least 3 team members have ridden the same distance and arrived at the finish together.
•  At least 25km has been ridden between the 22nd hour control and the end of the 24th hour of the ride.
•  The distance covered within 24 hours is within 20% above or below the one stated before the ride.

Entry Procedure
One team member will be designated as the team captain and will be the sole contact with the organiser. When a team has been formed the captain must send the completed AUK entry forms for each individual team member, together with the entry fee and stamped addressed envelopes for the return of the brevet cards and medals (either to the captain or to the individual team members)
At least two weeks before the event the captain must also send a completed registration form detailing the route controls, distances and estimated passing times.

Dart Rules

  1. TIMES. The standard time allowance is 14 hours but the organiser may specify a longer allowance up to a maximum of 24 hours.
  2. DISTANCES & SPEEDS. Minimum and maximum allowable distances are calculated from the minimum and maximum speeds as per AUK regulation 9.7 and published in the calendar.
  3. ROUTES. You design your own route heading either to or from the designated meeting point. Distances will be credited from the shortest distance between control points. It is up to you to make sure your route meets the minimum distance rule; Google Maps set to ‘walking’ &/or Microsoft Autoroute with each section set to ‘shortest distance’ should give you sensible distances.
  4. CONTROLS You must obtain proof of passage at the starting point, each designated control, in the form of a stamp, ATM or till receipt.
    You must also obtain proof of passage at either your designated finishing point or at the end of the allowed time, whichever is sooner. You do not have to reach your designated finish point.
  5. VALIDATION: Brevet Cards must be returned to the organiser within 14 days of the ride. The Dart will be validated provided that the mileage covered within the allowed time is within 20% above or below the one stated before the ride (subject to the published minimum and maximum distances for the event).
  6. ENTRY PROCEDURE: You should enter in the usual way, either online or by post. If you enter on-line, email the organiser with your list of control points. If you enter by post, write your control points on the back of your entry form. You will receive your brevet card by post.