Flèche National

Flèches Pascales and Flèches Nationales are annual events held in various regions or countries during the spring, whereby teams of cyclists all head to a common destination from various starting points.

Teams ride during 24 hours to cover the longest distance possible (at least 360 km).
After the ride, all participants meet and celebrate together.

History

The mother of those events is the 1947-created Flèche Vélocio, whereby teams head to the traditional Easter cycling rally in Provence (France).

To respond to a growing demand by French or International randonneurs who want to meet in a location outside Provence, the Audax Club Parisien (ACP) promotes and homologates team events patterned after the Flèche Vélocio:

  • Fleche Pascale (in France)
  • Fleche Nationale
  • Easter Arrow
  • National Arrow

The word “National/e” can be replaced by the name of a country, a region or a famous person.

ACP-sanctioned Flèches or Arrows are also organized around the world, in Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israël, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

These events must be organized according to
the RULES of the FLECHES VELOCIO.

The Flèche Vélocio has three main features:

  1. Building a strong team spirit by training and riding together.
  2. Riding the longest possible distance in 24 hours, despite limited preparation and difficult climatic conditions.
  3. Getting all together in a symbolic place to share a nice time of conviviality.

In France, the Flèche Vélocio heads to the traditional Easter Cycling Rally in Provence, organized each year by the French Federation of Cyclotourism, in memory of Paul de Vivie (Vélocio).

Thus the routes of other Flèche events should be directed toward a meeting place where all participants come together at the end of their ride.

We suggest that this place be a scenic or historic site like:

  • the castle of the Wartburg in Eisenach, Germany
  • the Opperman Museum in Rochester, Australia
  • the City of York, England

The Flèches Nationales (abroad).

The Flèches Nationales can also be named National Arrow, Easter Arrow, or named after a country, a region or a famous person.

These events must be organized according to
the RULES of the FLECHES VELOCIO.

The traditional event date is the Easter weekend, but for regions that have snow at this time, it may be held until the end of May.

Today, the features and values of the old Flèche Vélocio are appreciated in the worldwide family of randonneurs:

  • building a strong spirit of camaraderie,
  • striving during 24 hours to achieve a common challenge and
  • finally meeting and socializing with fellow randonneurs from across your country, region or province.

An unique experience that belongs to a randonneur’s career!
Moreover, riding a Flèche will be on your credit for your Randonneur 5000 award and/or the Randonneur 10000!

If you are interested in these events, please contact your local ACP representative.

Traces (Darts)

You may also be interested in the ACP-sanctioned Traces (Darts), a spring team event which is run parallel to the Flèche, but on a smaller distance and with an 8 hour overnight stop.