Randonneurs Ontario is a cycling club affiliated with the Audax Club Parisien, the parent organization governing the qualification of riders wishing to participate in the 1200 km Paris-Brest-Paris Randonnee.
In order that events, called brevets, scheduled by the Randonneurs Ontario, be recognized by the Audax Club Parisian, compliance with Audax Club Parisian rules must be respected. As such, the rules of Randonneurs Ontario, closely reflect those of Audax Club Parisien, and are presented here. The club requires that each participant wear an approved cycling helmet.
Audax Club Parisien is the only body worldwide which can register brevets. Every brevet which has been completed since 1921 has been registered with a registration number provided in chronological order as the brevet has been received.
Brevets are open to all cycle tourists whether or not they are members of a club, society, or federation. Minors are accepted as long as their parents provide their consent, releasing Audax Club Parisien and its organizing clubs from responsibility. All types of cycles are allowed, provided they are moved by muscular force only. Each rider is responsible for ensuring his or her cycle is in good working order.
To complete a brevet, each cycle tourist must fill out an application and pay the fee set by the organizing club.
Each participant must be insured, either through their federation or through personal insurance.
Each participant is considered to be on a personal excursion and must respect the traffic laws, all official signage, and use existing routes that can be cycled. Audax Club Parisien and its organizing societies are not responsible for any accidents that may occur resulting from a brevet.
For night riding, machines must have front and back lights that are solidly attached to the machine, and which are continually on. The organizers will not let any participant begin or continue a brevet if their lighting system does not conform to this requirement. Each participant must put on his or her lights at dusk and at any time when visibility is not sufficient (e.g., rain, fog, etc.). Even if participants are riding in a group, each person must have his or her lights on. At night, wearing light colored clothes and reflective bands is recommended. It is obligatory to wear a reflective belt or vest. Any infraction of these requirements, which are noted outside of the control points, will result in the non-registering of the brevet.
Each randonneur must supply everything that is required to complete the brevet. No organized support such as coaches, support, or following car is authorized on the route outside of the control points (and possible secret controls). Participants who contravene this article will be eliminated without possibility of appeal. Each participant must dress and act appropriately.
At the beginning of a brevet, each participant will receive a route card and route sheet on which the control points are noted and where the participant must present the route card. The organizers can also set up one or more secret controls. Because of the control points, as well as for insurance purposes, the participant must follow the route sheet provided to him/her at the departure point.
If there is no precise location at the control point designated by the organizers to have the card stamped, the participating randonneur must have the card stamped and/or signed such that the name of the control point is shown (e.g., a store, service station, etc.). At each control, the time the rider arrived must be noted and for brevets of more than one day, the day as well. A missing stamp, a time not noted or the loss of the route card (at whatever distance it was lost), means the brevet will not be accepted and registered. Each participant must personally have the card stamped.
The time provided to complete each brevet is a function of the distance:
200 km - 13.5 hours
300 km - 20 hours
400 km - 27 hours
600 km - 40 hours
1000 km - 75 hours
Arrival and departure through each control point must occur between its opening and closing times as noted on the route card. The randonneur must respect these individual opening and closing times over the course of the route or the brevet will not be registered even if the brevet is completed within the overall time limit.
Any cheating may result in participant's exclusion from any and all organizations of the Audax Club Parisien.
Upon completing the brevet, it is the riders responsibility to submit their route card to the organizer or another person designated by the organizer. The card will be returned to the participant after the brevet is registered. A duplicate will not be returned in case the original is lost. Brevets are not races and do not have standings. The participant can obtain a commemorative medal if their brevet is registered. The participant must request and pay for the medal online within one week of completing the brevet.
Medals noting the successful completion of a brevet are bronze colored for the 200km, silver colored for the 300 km, red for the 400 km, golden for the 600 km and silver for the 1,000 km. The style of the medal usually changes the year after PBP. Super Randonneur: This recognizes each randonneur who has completed the brevet series (200 km, 300 km, 400 km, and 600 km) within one year. A medal (struck the year of PBP) noting this will be provided to those randonneurs requesting it from the club organizing their brevets, and providing the club with the registration numbers of their brevets and the price of the medal.
A brevet cannot be completed at the same time as another kilometre event along some or all of the same route.
The fact of registering for or departing on a brevet implies that the participant has accepted the current rules without reserve. All complaints orqueries for whatever reason must be in writing and addressed and delivered to the organizers within the 48 hours following an event, who will then review it and transmit it with their opinion to the Commission des Randonneurs of the ACP for their review prior to a final decision.
The Comit- Directeur of the ACP will rule without possibility of appeal, on the cases submitted as well on areas these rules omit to outline.
(Updated March 03, 2013 by the Board of Directors, Randonneurs Ontario)