Flèches Nationales are annual events held in various regions or countries during the spring, whereby teams of cyclists all head to a common destination from various starting points. Teams ride during 24 hours to cover the longest distance possible (at least 360 km). After the ride, all participants meet and celebrate together.
The mother of those events is the 1947-created Flèche Vélocio, whereby
teams head to the traditional Easter cycling rally in Provence (France). To respond to a growing demand by French or
International randonneurs who want to meet in a location outside Provence, the Audax Club Parisien promotes and
homologates team events patterned after the Flèche Vélocio: the Flèches Nationales (in France and abroad).
The Flèches Nationales can also be named National Arrow, Easter Arrow, or named after a country, a region or a famous person.
All ACP-sanctioned Flèches events must be run according to the rules of the Flèche Vélocio. The traditional event date is the Easter weekend, but for regions that have snow at this time, it may be held until the end of May.
In France, the alternative Easter cycling rally is called Pâques en Quercy (Quercy is a former province of Southwest France), but any organizer may suggest another place.
ACP-sanctioned Flèches or Arrows are also organized around the world, in Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israël, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Today, the features and values of the old Flèche Vélocio are appreciated in the worldwide family of randonneurs : building a strong spirit of camaraderie, striving during 24 hours to achieve a common challenge and finally meeting and socializing with fellow randonneurs from across your country, region or province. An unique experience that belongs to a randonneur’s career ! Moreover, riding a Flèche will be on your credit for your Randonneur 5000 award and/or the Randonneur 10000 !
If you are interested in these events, please contact the ACP or your local ACP representative.
You may also be interested in the ACP-sanctioned Traces (Darts), a spring team event which is run parallel to the Flèche, but on a smaller distance and with an 8 hour overnight stop.
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