2008年日本で初めてフレッシュを開催するに当たってACPのアジア地区他のBRM担当Jean Gualbert FABUREL氏に幾つかの疑問点について質問を行った(2008年1月2日回答)。


I am not in charge of the Fleche but I will try to answer to your questions.Our current responsable, Mrs Suzanne LEPERTEL, is not fluent in english so it should be easier if I can answer directly.

私はFlecheの専門外なのですが、本来の担当者である Mrs Suzanne LEPERTEL は英語が得意ではないので、私がお答えするのが妥当だと思います。

First of all, the spirit of a Fleche is not exactly the same as a BRM. It is a team ride and you have to ride as far as you can in 24 hours together. At least, you should be 3 "bikes" at the end (it could be 3 tandems). Here are some answers to your questions :


Q1.  コントロールチェック

What is the allowed range of time difference, at the control point, between the pre-declared time and the actual arrival time? Or is it simply ok if the control check is completed?


- It is simply OK if the control check is completed.

Q2.  スタートから22時間後のチェック

Does the last check point has to be exactly 22 hours after the start? Is there any allowed time range?


- You can't know where you will be at the 22 hours. So, you can't choose a place before you start. But you have to write on your brevet card where you are after 22 hours and then stamp your card in the first place you can. Of course, there is no allowed time range.

Q3.  24時間の許容範囲

Does the finish has to be exactly 24 hours after the start? Is there any allowed time range?


- Of course, the finish has to be exactly after 24 hours. You can ride after but the homologated distance will be the distance after 24 hours.

Q4.  2時間以上の休憩禁止

Is there a proof required to show the resting time is less than 2 hours? If exceeded, does it comply the DNF condition? Is the stop at the control considered the resting time?


- I don't understand this question about resting time. As you do it during brevet, you can have rest as long as you want. But you have to ride at least 80% of the theoritical distance (real distance should be between 80% and 120% of the theoritical distance). If you are under 80%, you are DNF. If you are above 120%, your homologated distance is 120% of your theoritical distance).

Q5.  認定距離

Is there a difference in certification (homologation) depending on the distance ridden?


- The homologation is the same for every team who rode at least 80% of their theoritical distance.

Q6.  実走行20%以上の例

Could you show examples of the case in which the total distance ridden is exceeding more than +20% of the pre-declared distance?


- In France, we are going to the south of France. So, we start from a town in the north of France, for example Troyes, and we ride to the south. Sometime, we have a very strong wind called "Mistral" which push us and help us going very far. In such case, we can ride over 20%.

Q7.  参加チームのクラブコード

Can the team with no ACP code participate in Fl?che?


- we can create all the ACP codes you need. I have very few ACP codes for Japan but I have a lot for many countries. We can give an ACP code to all the cycling club of Japan... But we have to do it only if it is usefull, so create them when the riders are doing a BRM or a Fleche. To create an ACP code, you just have to ask me.

Q8.  コース設定

Is there any prohibition in planning the route? Is the round trip course using the same route both ways allowed?


- A straight route is the best solution. It is really the spirit of the Fleche... Every team is riding in the same direction to meet at the end in a nice place. You can do a round trip even if it is not in the spirit of this event. But you can't use the same road twice.

Q9.  認定申請書類

What is the required paperwork / documents in certification? Can the template or application form be sent to us?


- I don't know what is requested. As far as I know, you are only giving us the name of the team who succeeded with some informations... But I don't know which ones. It should be the name and/or number of team, the name of the riders, the name of the starting place, the day and the hour of the start, the theoritical distance, the real distance after 22 hours and the place, the real distance after 24 hours and the place.

Q10.  開催時期

For reference, there isn't a traditional custom of celebrating Easter in Japan. Can Fl?che take place in any time around the year?


- The Fleche has to be held at the beginning of the cycling season, when the weather is not too bad but not so good. Do you have a traditional celebration in april? If yes, you can choose this day fo your Fleche but you have to explain your choice.

Q11.  やむを得ない場合のスタート時間の遅れ

In case of the delay in public transportation or unavoidable natural conditions, can the Fl?che participants start the ride later than the originally scheduled time?


- You can change the starting time if you have to.

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