Super Randonnées

1. Welcome to the Super Randonnées

Super Randonnées were created by the Audax Club Parisien in 2009.

Super Randonnées are mountainous Permanents of 600 km (373 miles) with over 10.000 m (32.800 ft) of elevation gain.

Riders have the option of riding a Super Randonnée either as a Randonneur or as a Tourist.

Randonneurs have a 60 hour time limit.

The requirement for Tourists is to complete the route at a minimum average of 75 km per day.

Super Randonnées renew two traditions of French cyclo-tourism: the worldwide known BRM (Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux), and the Brevets Cyclo-Montagnards Français© (BCMF).

Super Randonnées are very demanding rides. You will have to be well trained for climbing, familiar with often unpredicable conditions in the mountains, and self-sufficient on long distances.

Tourist or Randonneur, you must love to climb and have a taste for effort. Choose the Tourist option if you want to enjoy the scenery without a time limit and night riding. Choose the Randonneur option if you are looking for a big challenge.

Super Randonnées will lead you over famous as well as lesser known passes and summits, presenting you with amazing scenery. You will discover the beauty of mountains at unusual hours like dusk, dawn or even at night. All Randonneurs or Tourists will keep unforgettable memories of their ride.

Ride safe… and don’t forget that self-reliance is part of the challenge!


Contact :
Sophie Matter
3960 ancien chemin de Salernes
F-83570 COTIGNAC
sophie.matter@audax-club-parisien.com


2. History of Super Randonnées

Birth (2008)

The origin of the Audax Club Parisien Super Randonnées is tied to the personal story of Sophie Matter. In 2008, she lives in Provence as an independent rider with a bicycle touring license from the local club of Carcès (Var). Since her third Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur in 2007, she is ready to take up new and ever harder challenges. Having sympathized with a group of Americans from Seattle on the same PBP, she understands how widely randonneuring has spread abroad and now dreams of riding 1200s around the world. She is so passionate about long distance cycling that she is working on a world repertoire of long distance cycling while also posting her reviews on her blog Rando Spirit.

The year 2008 is marked by a succession of personal challenges and all kinds of event participations, always in the mountains. In May 2008, she completes without any assistance the Bicinglette (six times Mont Ventoux in 24 hours), a permanent offered by Christian Pic, President of Club des Cinglés du Ventoux, and she takes part in the Luchon – Bayonne randonnée (one of the so-called Brevets Cyclo-montagnards, alpine brevets organized by the French Federation of Cyclotourism) of 327 kilometers and 5,257 meters of climbing.

At the end of June 2008, she participates in the Fausto Coppi Super Randonnèe, organized by Ivano Vinai and the association Fausto Coppi on the road. The randonnée starts from Cuneo in the Italian Piedmont. It is 510 km long, with more than 11,300 meters of elevation gain. The time limit is 44 hours. Sophie feels comforted by the required minimum average of around 12 km/h, like on the French alpine brevets. There are five intermediate controls (riders have their card stamped), one refueling stop, and two dormitories with catering. Some riders are self-supported, others rely on a support vehicle which is permitted at 13 points along the route, including the top of the passes. Sophie is enthusiastic about this experience. The Italian Super Randonnée reminds her of the French alpine brevets, but with a longer distance. At that time, no such long alpine brevets were offered on a fixed date in France.

On the other hand, ultra-cycling is developing in France with the Raid Provence Extrême (RPE) and the Raid Extrême Vosgien (REV). Organized by Jean-Claude Arens, the REV 2008 covers 530 km with 12,500 m of elevation gain. It’s a race with a podium finish. Drafting is forbidden and with a required minimum average of 17.5 km/h, the athletic level is very high. The logic of ultra-cycling is to optimize performance (the rider is constantly followed by a car). However, on the REV, unassisted cyclists are allowed to participate in their own category and the organization provides food and drink along the route. Sophie entered out of curiosity, out of dare and out of love for the Vosges, but she would have preferred an event better suited to her way of practicing long distance: no competition, more generous deadlines and with an emphasis on self-reliance. Not to mention the financial aspect: participation in ultra-cycling events, in France or abroad, is very expensive (with the REV being the most affordable) and incomparable with the fees common among bicycle tourists.

In July 2008, Sophie makes one of her dreams come true. Welcomed by her new American friends, she takes part in the Rocky Mountain 1200 in Canada. At the finish in Kamloops, Sophie meets Bob and Suzanne Lepertel. They are visiting their friends from the British Columbia Randonneurs. She only knows them by reputation. Bob and Suzanne were the organizers of seven Paris-Brest-Paris (1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 1999). Robert “Bob” Lepertel chaired the Audax Club Parisien from 1972 to 1983. He is at the origin of the association Les Randonneurs Mondiaux, created in 1983. Bob and Suzanne travel a lot and keep friendships with their international correspondents. Delighted to see a French woman taking part in a RM 1200 event, they invite her to the next Audax Club Parisien General Meeting which is held at the end of the year.

Back in Provence, enriched by those varied experiences, and with strong legs, Sophie tackles a new challenge: the Super Randonnée Jean Giono. It’s a personal challenge which she imagined on her own. The sources of inspiration are diverse. Distance and time limit are those of a regular brevet: 600 km in 40 hours. The route is inspired by the route of the ultracycling event Raid Provence Extrême (complete tour of the Gorges du Verdon, Montagne de Lure and Mont Ventoux), to which she adds a few passes to obtain the symbolic figure of 10,000 meters of elevation gain (measured on OpenRunner, the online route planner that she used at the time). Sophie named her challenge Super Randonnée, in homage to the Super Randonnèe Fausto Coppi, the longest alpine brevet she ever took part in, and Jean Giono, the poet of Haute Provence.

After several unsuccessful attempts, Sophie completes her Super Randonnée in 38h30, on October 1, 2008. Enthusiastic, she writes about it on her blog, providing her readers with the road map, the cue sheet, the profile and other information. But problems arise.

First, the writer’s heiress, Sylvie Durbet-Giono, through the Association des Amis de Jean Giono, accepts the use of the name of Jean Giono, but not in connection with the name Randonnée on the grounds that literary events are already organized under this name. For Sophie, there is no question of abandoning the name of randonnée which unites in her eyes bicycle tourism, long distance, pushing the limits, self-reliance, freedom and camaraderie; a name which is linked to the tradition of Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur and which is used throughout the world by the federations which organize qualifying brevets. The Super Randonnée Jean Giono becomes Super Randonnée de Haute Provence.

Then, having encouraged other riders to give her Super Randonnée a try, Sophie plans to use her blog to post a list of entries, rules, and future results. But she isn’t well versed in organizing and doesn’t dare to take this step on her own. Christian Pic gives her technical explanations and advises to approach a sports association or to create one. The club of Carcès where Sophie is licensed is not interested in long distance.

However, in December 2008, at the invitation of Bob and Suzanne Lepertel Sophie attends the General Meeting of the Audax Club Parisien. Since she discovered the Randonneurs Mondiaux, her admiration for this hundred-year-old club just kept growing. She presents her Super Randonnée project. The idea is favorably received, and Jean-Gualbert Faburel, Vice-President and responsible for Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux in the world, ensures her of his support. Sophie becomes a member of the Audax Club Parisien. The Audax Club Parisien decides to take charge of the organisation of the Super Randonnée and entrusts responsibility to Sophie.

The birth of the Super Randonnée de Haute Provence is announced during the traditional Audax Club Parisien awards ceremony in early January 2009.

Development (2009-2020)

In January 2009, the rules for the Super Randonnées of the Audax Club Parisien have been established. The Super Randonnée is a permanent, with a new format (600 km / 10,000 meters of elevation gain) and new rules: complete self-reliance (support vehicles are prohibited, even at the controls); control by photo; two options: Randonneur or Tourist. The time limit in the Randonneur option is increased from 40 to 50 hours, to set the minimum average at 12 km/h – the usual required minimum average for randonneurs on alpine brevets. In the Tourist option, riders must complete a minimum average of 80 km per day. Decision is taken to develop other routes, but only in France. Special Super Randonnée cards and frame badges are created.
The control by photo, already tolerated in some long-distance events such as the Diagonales or the Cinglés du Ventoux, is becoming the main way of control on the Super Randonnée. Indeed, it allows to prove night and day that the participant climbed the various summits, where it is in general impossible to have a card stamped.
The control by photo, already tolerated in some long-distance events, such as the Diagonales or the Cinglés du Ventoux, is becoming the main way of control on the Super Randonnée. Indeed, it allows to prove, night and day, that the participant climbed the various summits, where it is, with exceptions, impossible to have a card stamped.
As opposed to a regular brevet on a fixed date where the participant typically has company and is being pampered and controlled by the organizer, the Super Randonnée offers a space of solitude and freedom for the experienced rider to enjoy. He / she can choose start day and time and build a personal ride schedule. The rule of self-reliance is part of that same spirit. According to the organizer, “since the days of Vélocio, self-reliance has always been a hallmark of randonneuring (…). A randonneur should be able to read a map, get his or her brevet card verified even at unmanned checkpoints, find food and water, do routine repairs and maintain his or her lights in working order. He or she should know oneself enough to face temporary fatigue and discouragement alone”.
As it will be specified a few years later in the introduction to the rules, “the spirit of the Super Randonnée is based on freedom and maturity of the rider”.

On May 28, 2009, Sophie Matter gets the first homologation in the history of the ACP Super Randonnée: FR-HP-R-1. The following two were achieved on August 18, 2009 by riders from Italy: Barbara Fanchini (FR-HP-R-2), and Fulvio Gambaro (FR-HP-R-3). The same year, Fulvio Gambaro sends Sophie a project for a Super Randonnée in Italy (the future Prealpina); but the ACP has not yet decided to export their Super Randonnées.

2010 : Opening of the Super Randonnée du Dauphiné Gratiné (route proposed by Hugues Rico).

2011 : The Audax Club Parisien creates the Randonneur 10000 award. The required rides include an ACP-approved Super Randonnée ridden in the Randonneur option. The creation of the Randonneur 10000 award increases the interest of international riders in these new Super Randonnées.

2012 : The Audax Club Parisien authorizes foreign countries to organize Super Randonnées according to the ACP regulations. The first international Super Randonnées are created in Croatia, Spain, Japan, and the United States. The SR card and frame badge are exported without modification. The same frame badge, used by participants around the world, reminds us that it all belongs to the same organization and refers to the same regulations. In some countries like Japan or Spain, a great passion for Super Randonnées develops which far exceeds the quest of the Randonneur 10000 award.

The same year, the ACP stopped publishing the finishing times in the Randonneur option. Finishing is everything !

2013 : Opening of the SR Pyrénées-Pirineos (route created by Sophie Matter), and of the SR de l’Ours Cathare (route proposed by François Goas).

2014 : Opening of the SR Garbure et Piperade (route proposed by Pierre Gadiou).

December 2014 : To put an end to complaints related to the fact that some routes definitely exceed 10,000 meters of climb, the regulations are amended. The time limit for Randonneurs is calculated on a basis of 50 hours for 10,000 meters of climbing, with each additional 500 m extending the time limit by an hour. For example: from 10,500 m to 10,999 m: 51 h; from 11,000 m to 11,499 m: 52 h ; (…) ; from 15 000 m to 15 499 m: 60 h. The organizer does not want the 10,000 meters to be seen as an upper limit – there is none.

Given the development of the International Super Randonnées, Sophie Matter wants to express the spirit of her organization in the rules – as far as this is possible. She fears that, in some countries, the Super Randonnée will be assimilated to the usual 600 km brevet and organized as such, on a fixed date, with support at the controls and without consideration for the Tourist option. Therefore, the rules of the Super Randonnées are supplemented by a new introduction:
“The spirit of the Super Randonnée is based on freedom and maturity of the riders. It is a permanent route, ridden at the initiative of the participant. Riders choose their start date and time, how they get organized, what they put in their bags, how they manage their time, if they sleep at the hotel or in a sleeping bag or not at all. Regarding organization, they have no other obligation than to make the overall time limit according to their category (Randonneur or Tourist) and to do the ride without the support of a vehicle. Each of them is responsible for validating his/her passage at the controls. In short, they have to handle things all by themselves”.
The rules also receive an appendix which stipulates : “A Super Randonnée cannot be held both at the same time and on the same course as a BRM of 600 km. Super Randonnées being permanents, the organizer has the obligation to offer them throughout the year (provided the roads are open to traffic). If the organizer wants to set a date for a Super Randonnée, he may do so, provided that the rules are respected. In particular, he is not allowed to offer motorized assistance, even occasionally, nor to perform control operations instead of the riders. He must offer the two options, Tourist and Randonneur, and he must not impose any time schedule to the riders”.

2015 : Opening of the SR des Côtes de Bourgogne (route created by Sophie Matter).

2017 : The time limit in the Randonneur option is increased to 60 hours for all routes, in order to make Super Randonnées less elitist, to allow riders to sleep more and to simplify the calculation of the time limit. Since 2015, the latter involved the accumulated elevation of the route, which turned out not to be a good solution. Obviously, not all Super Randonnées are equal in difficulty. It is up to everyone to choose their favorite.

In the same year (2017) : opening of the SR du Léman Dément (route proposed by Laurent Dene), and of the SR Baridür (route created by Sophie Matter).

2018 : Opening of the SR de Port-la-Montagne (route created by Sophie Matter).

December 2019 : To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Super Randonnées, the Audax Club Parisien creates the 10 Super Randonnée challenge, awarded to those who have completed ten Super Randonnées approved by ACP, in the Randonneur or Tourist option. After one year, in December 2020, the challenge has 17 recipients.
The number 1 of the 10 Super Randonnées challenge is awarded, posthumously, to Micky Inagaki, the former President of Audax Japan. Micky Inagaki strove to develop randonneuring in Japan and participated in many randonnées around the world, as a true ambassador for Japanese randonneurs. In addition to seven Super Randonnées in Japan, he completed the Dauphiné Gratiné in July 2013, the Central Mountain Taroko Gorge SR (Taiwan) in April 2015, Garbure and Piperade in August 2015, the SR Snowies (Australia) in January 2016, and the SR Prealpina (Italy) in August 2016. Micky died in March 2017, after being hit by a car while riding the Tiki 1200 in New Zealand.

In December 2020, there are 120 Super Randonnées approved by the Audax Club Parisien, organized in 27 countries on 5 continents. Since the origin, 2,836 homologation numbers have been issued.

3. RULES of Super Randonnées

Introduction

The Super Randonnée is a permanent route, ridden at the initiative of the participant. Riders choose their start date and time, how they get organized, what they put in their bags, how they manage their time, if they sleep at the hotel or in a sleeping bag or not at all. Regarding their own organization, they have no other obligation than to make the overall time limit according to the option chosen (Randonneur or Tourist) and to do the ride without the support of a vehicle. Each of them is responsible for validating his/her passage at the controls. In short, they can and have to handle things all by themselves. The spirit of the Super Randonnée is based on freedom and maturity of the riders.

What are Super Randonnées

Super Randonnées are permanents which are organized, verified and validated by Audax Club Parisien. They are located in mountainous areas.

The length is about 600 km (373 miles) and the total amount of climbing is over 10.000 m (32.800 feet).
At registration, each rider selects to ride a Super Randonnée either as a Tourist or as a Randonneur.
– Tourists have to complete the SR at a minimum average of 75 km per day.
– The time limit for Randonneurs is 60 hours.

Being permanents, Super Randonnées can be ridden at any time of the year, provided the roads are open. Please make sure that they are before starting.

About the riders

Super Randonnées are open to any amateur cyclist regardless of cycling affiliations. Each rider must be covered by liability insurance. Any rider under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
Any form of human-powered vehicle is acceptable.
Riders are allowed to ride either alone or in a group.
After registration, riders will receive a personal SR card and a frame badge. Both need to be kept with them throughout the ride. On the card, the requested information (name, first name, address etc.) must be completed before the start.

Riders’ duties

Each rider must be self-sufficient. Support vehicules, even occasionally, are totally forbidden, on the course and at the control places.
Each rider is considered to be on a personal ride. The ACP cannot and does not accept responsibility for any accidents that may occur during a Super Randonnée. The rider must ride in accordance with all applicable traffic regulations and obey all traffic signals.
Riders must follow the route of the Super Randonnée. The organizer provides a detailed cue sheet (road book) indicating the location of the control places, and GPS-files.
Those who have registered as Randonneurs must start from the official starting point. As Tourists, they can choose any other starting point on the cue sheet.
Bikes must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the bike. During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.), lights must be turned on and a high-visibility vest must be worn, as requested by the French traffic law. Backup lighting system and headlamp are strongly recommended.
It is recommended to wear an approved helmet, light-colored clothes, and to carry a survival blanket and a cell phone.

Registration

By registering for the Super Randonnée, the participants declare on their honor that they are in sufficient physical condition to complete the course chosen, and to have read the safety instructions.
Each rider must contact the organizer and send the registration fee at least 30 days before the intended ride. The riders can cancel their registration by sending back their SR card.
A card is valid until the participant has started. If he or she starts and abandons, the card is no longer valid for another attempt.
In the Randonneur option, riders must declare a starting date and time at registration. It is possible to change the date and time after registration by informing the organizer of the new date and time, but only up to at least a week before the start.
In the Tourist option, riders do not have to specify a start date. However, if they plan to start from another point than the official starting point, they must notify the organizer of their starting point.

Control et Homologation

Both Tourists and Randonneurs must note on their card the start and finish date and time (day, hour, minute), and the time of passage at all intermediate control places (hour, minute).
They must prove their passage at the control places by taking a picture of their bike at the place designated by the organizer. For each Super Randonnée, the organizer provides detailed information about the places where to take the control pictures. These information can also be sent by e-mail. The rider can appear on the picture, but not without his or her bike.
If circumstances permit, riders can have their card stamped at an establishment located at the control place, instead of taking a picture. The stamp must show the name of the control place, otherwise it is no valid.
Missing pictures (if no replaced by stamps), missing control times, or loss of the card (regardless of how far into the ride a rider is) will result in disqualification.
Each participant is required to personally complete his or her SR card. Each participant must personally provide the organizer with all the control pictures requested for his or her homologation.
Secret controls may occur at the start and during the ride.
Those riding as Randonneurs and finishing in more than the alloted time will be homologated as Tourists, provided they have validated all controls and observed the present rules.
After the ride, participants must return their SR card to the organizer, together with the required pictures. The pictures can be sent as electronic files.
The SR card will be returned to the rider after it has been verified and a homologation number has been assigned. Homologation numbers are issued in chronological order, including both Tourists and Randonneurs. The list of the homologated riders will be posted on the ACP Web site in chronological order. Super Randonnées are not competitive events. Riders are not classified by performance.

Notes

A Super Randonnée cannot be counted as participation in, or as credit for another event held in conjuntion with the Super Randonnée.
A Super Randonnée cannot be held both at the same time and on the same course as a BRM of 600 km.
Super Randonnées being permanents, the organizer has the obligation to offer them throughout the year (provided the roads are open to traffic). If the organizer wants to set a date for a Super Randonnée, he may do so, provided that the rules are respected. In particular, he is not allowed to offer motorized assistance, even occasionally, nor to perform control operations instead of the riders. He must offer the two options, Tourist and Randonneur, and he must not impose any time schedule to the riders.
It is expected that those riding a Super Randonnée agree that their name will be published by the ACP. In any case, their identities will not be used for commercial purposes and will not be transmitted to third parties.
It is also expected that those riding a Super Randonnée fully accept these rules. Any fraud, cheating, or deliberate violation of these rules will result in the exclusion of the rider from all ACP events. The rider may appeal or complain in writing (including by e-mail) to the Board of Directors of ACP, which will then render a final decision.


4. Super Randonnées ROUTES (France)

Super RandonnéeStart placeRoute sheetOpenrunnerMapsControl photos
Haute ProvenceManosque (04)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
Le Dauphiné GratinéSt-Martin-le-Vinoux (38)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
Pyrénées-PirineosArgelès-Gazost (65)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
L’Ours CathareFoix (09)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
Garbure et PiperadeOloron-Ste-Marie (64)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
Les Côtes de BourgogneMarsannay-la-Côte (21)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
BaridürCernay (68)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
Le Léman DémentBellegarde-sur-Valserine (01)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos
Port-La-MontagneToulon (83)Feuille de routeCarteCartesPhotos

Routes may be modified in case of road closure


5. REGISTRATION TO Super Randonnées (France)

Needed information

Name of the Super Randonnée
Last Name
First Name
Date of Birth
Mailing Address (where the documents will be sent)
Club Affiliation (or « no license »)
Club Name (or « independant rider »)
Option: Randonneur or Touriste
if Randonneur, please indicate date and starting time
By registering for the Super Randonnée, the participant declares on his/her honor that he/she is in sufficient physical condition to complete the course chosen, and to have read the safety instructions.
The information can be sent by e-mail to the organizer
sophie.matter@audax-club-parisien.com

Payment

5 euros (If you are FFCT member : 3 euros)

Payment via PayPal: send 5,50 euros at mattersophie@gmail.com
(for FFCT members : 3,50 euros)

Bank transfer: please contact us for the bank details
Money orders or checks (only if drawn from a French bank) must be payable to Audax Club Parisien and sent to :
Sophie Matter
3960 ancien chemin de Salernes
83570 Cotignac
FRANCE

No general medal available. For the SR Dauphiné Gratiné, a special medal can be ordered in case of success. Please ask the organiser.


6. Rules for Super Randonnées organizers

If you want to ride a Super Randonnée (SR) outside France, you must register with the SR organizer. Please see the SR list.

If you want to create a new SR in your country, please read the Rules for SR Organizers below, and then contact the ACP.

RULES FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZERS OF SUPER RANDONNEES (SR)

INTRODUCTION : A SR IS NOT A BREVET

It is a permanent route, ridden at the initiative of the participant. Riders choose their start date and time, how they get organized, what they put in their bags, how they manage their time, if they sleep at the hotel or in a sleeping bag or not at all. Regarding their own organization, they have no obligation, except to make the overall time limit according to the option chosen (Randonneur or Tourist) and to do the ride without the support of a vehicle. Each of them is responsible for validating his/her passage at the controls. In short, they can and have to handle things all by themselves. The spirit of the Super Randonnée is based on freedom and maturity of the riders.

1. CONTACTING THE ACP REPRESENTATIVE

COUNTRYSR REPRESENTATIVEEMAIL
AllemagneUrban HILPERTfreiburg@ara-breisgau.de
AustralieMark NEWTONbrevets@audax.org.au
AutricheFerdinand JUNGferdinand.jung@liwest.at
BrésilRoberto TREVISANacp_brasil@randonneursbrasil.com.br
BulgarieLazar VLADISLAVOVlazar.v@gmail.com
Corée du SudJan BOONSTRAjan@boonstra.org
CroatieAres BURSICares.bursic@gmail.com
Etats-UnisWilliam BECKwilliam.a.beck@gmail.com
GrèceNick KONSTANTOPOULOScyclnik@yahoo.gr
IsraelTal KATZIRisraeli.randonneurs@gmail.com
ItalieMino REPOSSINIm.repossini@gmail.com
JaponSusumu FURUKUBOfurukubo2004@yahoo.co.jp
MalaisieSam TOWaudaxmalaysia@gmail.com
NorvègeJens Glad BALCHENjens@randonneurs.no
PortugalRandonneurs Portugalrandonneurs@randonneursportugal.pt
RoumanieIulian ENEiulian@adevaratiiveloprieteni.ro
Royaume-UniJohn WARDpermanents@audax.uk
RussieValery KOMOCHKOVvkvvk@mail.ru
SlovénieSimon KRASNAinfo@randonneurs.si
TaiwanJack RUANjack_ruan@dimerco.com
List of ACP Representatives for the Super Randonnées

Your country is not on the list? Please contact the BRM (brevets) Representative in your country.

Anyone whising to organize a SR outside France (hereafter called: «Organizer») must contact the person who represents the ACP in his or her country for the Super Randonnées (= SR Representative) and inform this person about his intention of creating an ACP-homologated Super Randonnée. If there is no SR Representative in his country, he must contact the BRM (brevets) Representative. The Representative (SR or BRM) may issue an opinion, whether positive or negative. The approval of the SR remains the privilege of the ACP.

Several SR can be organized in the same country. An Organizer can organize several SR. The SR must not take the same roads, or as less as possible. Each SR must be a different experience.
A SR can span several countries. The start place defines the country whose ACP Representative must be contacted. It is better to inform the ACP Representatives of each country travelled through.

The SR Representative is an unique ACP contact person for all SR in the same country. He/she takes over responsibility for pre-approving new routes or modifying old ones, sending the results, ordering the cards, receiving the homologation stickers, and paying the invoice (see details below).
If there is no SR Representative in the country:
When submitting the SR project to the ACP, the Organizer and the BRM Representative must say who will be the ACP contact person for this SR, and in particular, who will take over responsibility for sending the results, ordering the cards, receiving the homologation stickers, and paying the invoice (see below).
The ACP will not accept more than one contact person per SR.

2. APPROVAL OF THE SUPER RANDONNEE

The Organizer (or the Representative) must send to the ACP following information:

– Country
– Name of the SR
– If there is no SR Representative in the country: Name of the ACP contact person for this SR
– Email and full mailing address of the ACP contact person for this SR
– Name and Email of the contact person which will appear on the SR List (if different fro above)
– The route on openrunner (in one piece)
– The cue sheet (road book) indicating all control places
– A photo for each control place
openrunner
example of document with photos of the control places

Details:
– The length is 600 km (up to 619 km).
– The total amount of climbing is at least of 10.000 meters (measured on openrunner in one piece) but can be higher (no limit).
– The route should not be consisting of doing the same loop multiple times, nor be star-shaped.
– Out-and-backs are admitted, but they should be avoided as much as possible.
– Start and finish location can be in a different place.
– Maximum 21 control places, including start and finish (start control is n°1, etc.).
– The controls are not timed.
– All controls, including start and finish, must be possible with photos. Stamps, receipts and other tickets are not mandatory. The photo control place must be easy to find for the rider, and easy to identify for the Organizer, when he or she will check the riders photos.
– The control place’s unique function is to make sure that the rider has followed the route. The Organizer has no obligation to make the control a refueling place.

When the SR is approved, the ACP adds the new Super Randonnée to the SR List.


3. ORGANIZERS DUTIES

The Organizer has to make sure that the Rules for Riders are respected.

Super Randonnées are not brevets: The rules are different !
– The Organizer must offer both riding options: Tourist and Randonneur.
– Riders must be self-sufficient. Support vehicules are totally forbidden, on the course and in the control places.
– The Organizer must not set opening or closing times for the controls.
– The Organizer must not classify the riders by performance. The Organizer has to consider all finishers equal. For this reason, the time results should not be published by the Organizer.
– Super Randonnées are permanents. The Organizer has the obligation to offer them throughout the year (provided the roads are open to traffic).
– If the Organizer, in addition, wants to set a date for a Super Randonnée, he may do so, provided that the rules are respected. In particular, he is not allowed to offer motorized assistance, even occasionally, nor to perform control operations instead of the riders. He must offer the two options, Tourist and Randonneur. The Organizer must not impose any time schedule to the riders. The Organizer must not form any group.
– A SR cannot be counted as participation in, or as credit for another ACP event held in conjuntion with the SR. A SR cannot be held both at the same time and on the same course as a brevet (BRM) of 600 km.
– The Organizer can publish the list of the homologated riders, but in any case, their identities will not be used for commercial purposes and will not be transmitted to third parties for commercial purposes.

4. SR CARDS AND FRAME BADGES

Each rider receives a SR card and a frame badge. The ACP provides SR cards and frame badges. The Organizer (or the Representative) orders those cards and badges from the ACP. The ACP charges 1 euro per set (SR card+badge) ordered.
Minimum order quantity: 35 sets (cards+badges).
Organizers who want to fabricate their own cards and badges, must submit their artwork to the ACP. In this case, the card and the badge must be faithful to the model produced by the ACP.
The SR cards have no expiration date. A card remains valid as long as the registered participant did not start. If the participant must delay his or her start, the card remains valid. But if the participant starts and abandons, the card is no valid anymore for another try.

5. DURING THE YEAR

The Organizer receives the applications for his or her Super Randonnée.
The Organizer maintains a list of the registrations and issues an entry number to the riders, chronologically by registration date. There is only one numbering for Randonneurs and Tourists. The entry number must be noted on the SR card.
The Organizer must provide the entrants with a detailed cue sheet (road book) and a document with the photos of all control places. Cue sheet and photo document can be either printed or electronic.
The Organizer gives or sends to each entrant a SR card with the riders information noted in the card, and a SR frame badge.
After each ride, the Organizer must check the riders card, control photos, and (in the Randonneur option), the time of passage noted in the card by the rider for all controls, including start and finish. The start and finish date and time must be noted in the card.
If everything is correct, the Organizer marks the box Randonneur or Tourist, and notes the time, if the SR has been ridden in the Randonneur option.
The Organizer retains the completed cards until the ACP homologation stickers are received.

6. RESULTS SUBMISSION

Each year, the Organizer (or the Representative) sends the results of his or her SR to the ACP. The ACP requires a single submission per year, before October 31. A results spreadsheet will be provided (Excel or similar).
There is one results spreadsheet per SR. In the spreadsheet, one line of text per rider.
In the order of the columns:
A. homologation number (assigned by the ACP)
B. start date (dd/mm/yyyy)
C. FAMILY NAME, Name (ex: MATTER Sophie)
D. F (if woman)
E. riders club (ex: Audax Club Parisien)
F. riders country (ex: France)
G. ACP club code (ex: FR-750128)
H. Randonneur / Touriste
I. Special bikes (recumbent, tandem, singlespeed…)
There is no need to return the completed cards to the ACP.
The ACP retains the right to ask for a digital copy of the completed cards, with the control photos. Irregularities may result in the non homologation of the riders.
In case of a new SR, the ACP will always ask for a digital copy of the completed cards, with the control photos.

7. HOMOLOGATIONS

In December, the ACP publishes the SR results on the ACP Website, and sends by post to the Organizers (or to the Representatives) the ACP homologation stickers with the homologation numbers. Those stickers will be pasted in the cards. Therefore, the Organizers must retain the riders cards until the stickers are received. When the stickers are pasted in the cards, the cards will be returned to the riders.
A SR is homologated by ACP once the results are published on the ACP Website and once the stickers are sent. However, in order that the applications for the Randonneur 10000 can be sent in time, the Organizer (or the Representative) can indicate to the R-10000 applicants their future homologation number.

8. INVOICE

In December, the ACP sends per email to the Organizers (or to the Representatives) a yearly invoice. The ACP charges 1 euro per homologated rider, and 1 euro per set (SR card+badge) ordered. Payment can be made via bank transfer, PayPal or Western Union. Please do not pay before receiving the invoice.
In agreement with the BRM Representative, the SR invoice can be added to the yearly BRM (brevets) invoice for the same country.

9. ENTRY FEE

The Organizer determines the entry fee for his or her SR, while keeping it moderate. The SR is a non-profit organization, and the Organizer does not provide any support on the ride, so there is no reason to ask for a high fee.

10. MEDAL

A SR exists without medal.
The ACP will not make a medal for each SR.
Organizers (or Representatives) may decide to provide a medal or another award for their own SR.

11. ABOUT THE 2 RIDING OPTIONS

SR are intended to offer a hard challenge that should remain open to a large number of riders. That’s why the ACP offers 2 riding options: Randonneurs and Tourists.
Randonneurs have a 60 hour time limit.
The Tourist option should not be neglected. It helps checking out a route carefully in daylight before riding it as a Randonneur. It attracts those who want to get the best of an unknown scenery without the fatigue of sleep deprivation and the stress of the timed schedule.
Only the SR ridden in the Randonneur option will be accepted to validate the Randonneur 10000 award.


Thank You to all Organizers and Representatives for the time and effort they put into promoting the Super Randonnées.


7. List of Super Randonnées


8. Results of Super Randonnées

At the end of 2020, there are 121 Super Randonnées, in 27 countries.

33 new Super Randonnées have been created in 2020.

594 riders have been homologated in 2020.

The award « 10 SR » has already 17 recipients.

Do you notice any errors in the sheet below? Please report to Sophie Matter.


9. 10 Super Randonnées

To celebrate the 10 years of the Super Randonnée (2009-2019), the organizer creates a new challenge :
10 Super Randonnées
Special mention for 10 SR in Rando version (60 hour time limit)
Special mention for 10 different routes
No time limit to complete the challenge
You receive : a medal + your name on the Honor List
How to apply : contact Sophie Matter