Rules for AUK Arrows

The Easter and Summer Arrows are team rides with the goal of covering the greatest possible distance during 24 hours, heading towards York from various starting points.

Each team:

  • consists of 3-5 machines (tandems count as one machine). The team must ride together and at least 3 machines must arrive at the finish to be validated. Only team members who ride the distance will be validated.
  • designs its own route. Distances will be credited as the shortest possible distance between control points, even if this is not the actual route ridden. At least 360 km must be covered but you should plan more, e.g. 400km or 500km as your target. The actual distance covered must be within 20% of the target. (Hence, if the target is 450km, the team must ride between 360km and 540km.)
  • must start at its agreed time, between 06.00 on Friday and 10.00 on Saturday. Different teams may not ride together so if several teams plan to use the same route, their start times must be at least one hour apart.
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Controls

Each team member must obtain proof of passage at the starting point and each designated control in the form of a stamp, ATM or till receipt. If proof of passage is not available a photo of the whole team clearly identifying the place (e.g. in front of a road sign) may be substituted.

During the 22nd hour and the end of the 24th hour the exact location of the team must be noted in the brevet card and proof of passage obtained. The team must ride to the end of the 24th hour, at which point members should obtain a proof of passage at the earliest opportunity but must record the distance as being that achieved at the 24 hour mark.  

A minimum of 25km must be ridden between the 22 hour control point and the finish.

Each Team Captain: 

liaises with the organiser, sends registration forms including the route, control points, distances, and estimated passing times two weeks before the event.  Also sends the completed Audax UK entry forms for each individual team member, together with the entry fee and stamped addressed envelopes for the return of the brevet cards and medals (either to the captain or to the individual team members)

Brevet Cards must be returned to the organiser within 14 days of the ride.

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Key Points

No following cars are allowed. Teams may only meet a support car at the designated controls.

No rest stop may exceed two hours. 

Routes can be circular and in any direction but must eventually head for York.

The Easter Arrow is validated by Audax Club Parisien as the UK equivalent of the Flèche Velocio. It may be substituted for the Flèche when claiming Randonneur 5000 and 10000 awards from ACP.  The Summer Arrow is run to the same rules but validated only by AUK. Either event may be used towards the AUK Brevet 5000 and other AUK awards. However, routes are not eligible for AAA points.