INFORMATIONSFor detailed information about current road conditions and available services on a particular Super Randonnée, please ask the organizer :
Given that there is often no way of getting verification at the top of a mountain, the checkpoint picture is the only way to prove that a rider went over the different passes and summits of the Super Randonnée and did not take shortcuts through the valleys.
By making those checkpoint pictures mandatory, we hope to ensure the reliability and value of the Super Randonnées for the benefit of those who have honestly completed the ride.
The checkpoint pictures do not need to be printed, they can be sent to the organizer as electronic files.
Remember that only one missing picture will result in disqualification (unless it is replaced by a checkpoint stamp, in the locations specified on the brevet card). In case of night riding, please make sure that your camera has a working flash. Please set the camera clock at the right time, make sure that its battery is charged, and keep it in a plastic bag if it rains.
Remember also that it is strongly recommended to take one picture per rider. Even if you have planned to stay in a group, please consider that your group may split up during the ride, especially since the climbs are steep and numerous. Therefore each rider should carry his or her own camera.
Since the beginning of cyclo-tourism, self-sufficiency has always been a hallmark of randonneuring and we hope it remains so.
No personal follow-vehicles are permitted on the course.
A randonneur should be self-supported, be able to read a map, get the brevet card verified even at unattended checkpoints, find food and water, do routine repairs and maintain lights in working order. A randonneur should have enough mental strength to face temporary fatigue and discouragement without the help of a support crew.
In short, a randonneur should not only be physically strong, but also organized, resourceful and courageous.
Those qualities are paramount for being esteemed and recognized within the familiy of randonneurs. Even though striving for a personal best and achieving a high performance may increase the merit, simply finishing within the time limit is enough to be successful on a Super Randonnée, and everyone should be aware of it. All finishers are equal.
Finally, as friendship and solidarity are fully consonant with randonneuring, riders can stay together and help each other.
Ride schedule for Randonneurs
Seeing that each rider can choose his or her start time, the brevet card does not mention any opening or closing times for the controls. We nevertheless urge those riding as Randonneurs to draw up a ride schedule according to their start time, based on the minimum average which will allow them to finish within the time limit. This schedule will be of great help throughout the ride.
Feel free to ask the organizer if you need help to set up such a schedule.
Eating, Sleeping and Getting Water During the Ride
Although going through remote areas, the Super Randonnées also pass through villages and towns where riders can buy food, drinks and even find hotels. It is also essential to know where fountains and springs are to be found.
Please ask the organizer :
She will give you detailed informations about services on the route.
Mountain weather can be extremely unpredictable and temperature variations can be substantial between day and night. Consider taking warm clothing with you, especially if you ride in spring or autumn, and check the weather forecast before starting.
In case of night riding, be very careful on the downhills. Wildlife abounds in mountains. Animals may cross the road just in front of you. You won’t gain much time trying to go fast, but instead, you may lose much. Better descend slowly and safely !
Consider carrying a survival blanket in your bag: it is light, not bulky and will protect you if you need to sleep in the middle of nowhere. We also recommend to take a cell phone with you, especially if you ride alone.
Please let the organizer know if you decide to withdraw from the ride.
Mountain roads are subject to closure due to snow or roadworks (overhangs building, bridges repairing, cliffs securing, etc.). In a few cases, roads may be closed during a hillclimbing race.
Riders are urged to learn about road conditions before the start. If they have doubts, they can for example check with the Departmental Public Works Directorates, the Town Hall Offices or the Tourist Offices – or ask the organizer.
In most cases, solutions exist. For each reported road closure, the organizer will offer an alternative route, as well as time credit if need be.