All Brevets are conducted under the Authority of Audax India Randonneurs. Their Rules for BRMs are to be strictly followed.
AIR RULES & REGULATIONS
All BRMs worldwide are conducted under the Authority of Audax Club Parisien.
All Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs) conducted in India are governed by RIDE RULES OF AUDAX INDIA RANDONNEURS.
Article 1 : Sanctioning Authority
Only Audax India Randonneurs (AIR) is authorised by Audax Club Parisien, France, to organise Brevets de Randonneur Mondiaux events in India. AIR registers all brevets in India. AIR creates, maintains and oversees the calendar of all brevets in India.
Only Audax India Randonneurs has sanctioning authority for AIR domestic events.
Article 2 : Eligibility
These brevets are open to any amateur cyclist regardless of his or her cycling affiliations.
Any form of human-powered vehicle is acceptable; ie, the vehicle must be powered solely by the rider.
“Audax India Randonneurs in conjunction with Audax Club Parisien has taken a decision not to permit riders under the age of 18 years to ride any BRMs of any distance.
The only exception to this rule will be to give permission for a 200 km BRM only, on request, to Randonneurs themselves to bring their own children, with the stipulation that the underage rider is over the age of 15.”
These riders (under the age of 18) must get a “consent form” signed by his or her parent or legal guardian.
These riders (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by their parent for the entire duration of the brevet.
Article 3 : Registration
To participate in a brevet, a rider must fill out the registration form, sign a “waiver of liability”, and pay the registration fee set by the event organiser.
Article 4 : Insurance
Each rider must be covered by liability insurance, either by a group policy or by a personal policy.
Article 5 : Responsible Behaviour
During the event, each rider is considered to be on a personal ride. All riders are required to conduct themselves in a civil manner and abide by all applicable traffic laws and regulations.
Riders are required to respect local customs with regards to decorum.
ACP, Audax India Randonneurs, other organisers, club representatives and their association, officials and volunteers cannot and do not accept responsibility for any accidents that may occur during the course of a brevet.
Audax India Randonneurs reserves the right to refuse or cancel subscription without refund for individuals who have:
- demonstrated a lack of respect for randonneuring regulations and conventions;
- been disrespectful in their interactions with organisers, ride officials, volunteers and fellow-riders;
- conducted themselves in an unsportsmanlike manner at randonneuring events; or
- disparaged randonneuring or Audax India Randonneurs.
Article 6 : Safety
It is compulsory to wear a helmet for the entire duration of the brevet. Riders without a helmet will not be permitted to start.
It is compulsory for the rider to display their rider number prominently on the front and rear of their bicycle, for the entire duration of the brevet. Riders not complying with this stipulation will not be permitted to start.
The use of aero-bars is not permitted during a brevet. Riders reporting at the start with aero bars would be required to remove them at the start point.
Article 7 : Night Riding
For night riding, bicycles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be fully functional at all times (Spare lights are strongly recommended; spare batteries are compulsory). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. Riders not complying with all these requirements will not be permitted to start.
Lights must be on from dusk to dawn and at any other times when poor visibility conditions exist (rain, fog, tunnel etc). Every rider, whether riding in a group or by himself, must fully comply with this requirement.
Every rider must use their lights. All riders must wear a reflective vest that clearly places reflective material prominently on the front and back of the rider.
Any violation of these night riding rules will result in the immediate disqualification of the rider.
Article 8 : Self-sufficiency
Each rider must be self sufficient. No support cars of any kind are permitted during the brevet.
Personal support is only allowed at checkpoints. Any violation of this requirement will result in immediate disqualification (DNF).
Personal Safety Vehicles are permitted, with the organiser’s prior permission and in accordance with the Safety Vehicle Policy
If the organiser creates groups at the start, a rider could choose to leave the group at any time, as everyone rides at their own pace. No rider can be considered as group leader; any distinctive sign (jersey, armband, etc) or title (captain, leader etc) is not allowed.
Article 9-A : Brevet Card
At the start of the brevet, each rider will receive an ACP/AIR-approved brevet card. Riders must stop at each checkpoint to have their brevet card stamped and to sign the organiser’s control sheet. Organisers may also include unannounced checkpoints (Secret Controls) along the route. This ensures that all the riders stay on the prescribed route.
Riders are responsible for keeping their brevet cards damage-free and safe with them at all times during the brevet. Failure to do so would result in disqualification (DNF). Brevet cards should be kept safe from any kind of damage (caused by tearing, dampness, fire, etc); damaged/torn brevet cards would not be accepted and would result in disqualification (DNF).
Riders are not supposed to write anything on the brevet card, except what they are asked to at the start point by the ride official, such as their personal details, signature and ticking the check box for the medal.
Article 9-B : Brevet Route
At the start, each rider will receive a cue sheet indicating the route and the location of the checkpoints. Riders must stay on the route. If a rider leaves the route, they must return to the route at the same point prior to continuing, ie. no shortcuts or detours from the route, unless specified by the organiser.
The only exception to the “no detours” rule is provided when a road is closed. In such a situation, the rider should first attempt to contact the ride organiser to obtain permission to take a detour. If the rider is unable to contact the ride organiser detours without permission due to a road closure, the rider shall report the route deviation to the organiser at the rider’s first opportunity. If a detour is taken, the rider(s) and organiser are responsible for ensuring that the rider(s) have completed the required event distance.
Article 10 : Unmanned Controls
Organisers may have checkpoints with no subscriber of the organising staff present. At these unmanned checkpoints, the rider must swipe his/her debit/credit card at the ATM specified or get their brevet card stamped at a local establishment that the organiser specifies as a checkpoint, such as a hotel, store, toll booth or petrol pump. Checkpoint information to be noted on the brevet card includes the time and the date of passage (for brevets that extend beyond 24 hours).
Missing checkpoint stamps, missing checkpoint times, or loss of the brevet card (regardless of the distance the rider has covered) will result in disqualification (DNF). The rider (and not the organiser) is responsible for ensuring that he/she signs the control sheet and that his/her brevet card is properly completed, signed and stamped at each checkpoint.
Article 11 : Time Limits
Overall time limits vary for each brevet according to the distance. These are (in hours and minutes, HH:MM):
- 07:30 for 100 Km
- 10:30 for 150 Km
- 13:30 for 200 Km
- 20:00 for 300 Km
- 27:00 for 400 Km
- 40:00 for 600 Km
- 75:00 for 1000 Km
- 90:00 for 1200 Km
Riders must arrive at each checkpoint between the opening and closing time for the checkpoint. These times are noted on the brevet card with the information for the checkpoints. If a rider arrives at a checkpoint after it has closed, and the Ride Organiser is satisfied that the rider’s lateness is due to the occurrence of something unforeseen and beyond the control of the rider (such as stopping to help at a traffic accident or a road closure), then the Ride Organiser may waive the fact that the rider arrived at the control late and allow the rider to continue.
Poor bicycle or equipment maintenance, fatigue, lack of fitness, injury, hunger, etc are NOT unforeseen or beyond the control of the rider and therefore will not serve as a valid reason for being late. Subject to the foregoing, failure to make all checkpoints, even if the brevet is done within the overall time limit, will result in disqualification (DNF).
Article 12 : Cheating
Any instance of fraud, cheating, or deliberate violation of any of the Ride Rules of Audax India Randonneurs will result in the exclusion of the rider from all ACP sponsored events.
Cheating includes (but is not limited to):
- Using motorised transport during a brevet.
- Hanging on to or taking the support of a motorised vehicle during a brevet
- Drafting behind a motorised vehicle or a cyclist (who has not registered for that brevet)
Riders who decide to quit the brevet at any point are required to first inform the ride officials, before they avail of any form of support from motorised or rail transport. Failure to inform beforehand, would result in disqualification.
Article 13 : Brevet Completion Formalities
After completing the brevet successfully (within the stipulated time limits), the rider must sign his brevet card and ensure that it reaches the event organiser within 3 days of the finish of the event. The brevet card will be returned to the rider after the brevet has been verified and a unique brevet (homologation) number has been issued. If the rider misplaces a brevet card, no replacement to the rider will be made.
Article 14 : Commemorative Medals
Brevets are not competitive events, so no rider classifications or rankings are given. Commemorative medals for each brevet are available for purchase. Those wishing to purchase a medal should mark their brevet card accordingly and then purchase a medal online through their AIR dashboard after their ride is homologated. The design of the medals will change after each PBP. The cost for the medals are subject to change and will be indicated at the time of purchase online.
Article 15 : Super Randonneur
The Super Randonneur (SR) title is earned by any rider who completes the Super Series of brevets (200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km) within the same calendar year (Nov-Oct). A separate SR medal is also available for those holding this title. Riders should provide supporting documentation to their brevet organiser, as well as payment for the SR medal. The organiser can obtain the medal from ACP, upon verification of the rider’s brevet numbers.
A brevet must be done alone and may not be counted as participation in, or as credit for, another event held in conjunction with it.
All criteria regarding the BRM in a geographical area, such as classifications, awards, challenges, etc are exclusively at the discretion of the Club Representative and AIR.
Article 18 : Rider details and photographs
When registering for a brevet, the rider accepts and consents to the possible publication of their name, time result, and photograph by the organiser.
The rider’s identity would never be used for commercial purposes or be offered to a third party for this purpose.
Article 19 : Complaints / Queries
Any complaint or question concerning a brevet or how it is organised must be submitted to the organiser in writing, within 48 hours from the finish of the brevet. The organiser will review the complaint/query and forward it, with a recommendation, to AIR who, if required, may forward it to ACP, for a final decision.
Any question regarding the final decision will be sent to the Audax Club Parisien board with the AIR Representative’s and Club Representative’s recommendations.
Audax India Randonneurs will be the final arbiter of any complaints or questions that arise which may not be covered explicitly in these rules.
ACP rules for BRMs Worldwide are to be followed strictly (except in the case of a discrepancy between AIR and ACP rules, in which case AIR rules will prevail)