If you get the chance ride a Flèche

This past weekend was the Front Range Flèche. A Flèche in randonneuring terms, is a non-competitive, team cycling event. Each team rides a minimum of 360km in 24 hours. Team captains submit a route for their team. All teams ride different routes finishing at the same time and location. The format is based on the Audax Club Parisien (ACP) Flèche Velocio which originally started in Paris and finished in Provence. More fine print about USA Flèche rules at the RUSA website.

While you will certainly never hear me complain about riding solo, riding the Flèche was a blast! You’d think there aren’t that many people who enjoy riding their bikes all day AND night, but right in this photo, are represented 15 such crazy people.

Our team of five started by heading up to Stove Prairie from the south, down Poudre Canyon and out to the plains. We had a nice dinner/sleep break from about midnight to 5AM. And finished, riding into Lyons, with views of Longs Peak, and back through Hygiene to Louisville. We had nice weather. A little overcast much of Saturday, and a sunny, clear morning on Sunday.

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