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Flèche Northwest

Peter McKay


Several of us rode Flèche Pacifique last year and enjoyed ourselves. We plan to ride again this year. We thought we'd share the hospitality and invite your club to enjoy a flèche down here. Seattle International Randonneurs (SIR) is hosting Flèche Northwest April 27th through the 29th. On Sunday, we'll gather for a banquet brunch at Resort Semiahmoo ( in Blaine, Washington. ("a very convenient location for Canadians!" And, it's always easier to cross the border into the US on bicycles.) Semiahmoo was our flèche destination last year. If you are not familiar with the resort, it is first class, with wonderful amenities. I made particular use of the hot tub.

Key points:

Team name, proposed route, team member names, addresses and team entry fee is due by April 1. They should be sent to me at 8837 32nd Avenue SW, Seattle, Washington 98126-3722 USA. The fee is $25 US ($38 CDN) per team. As of yet, we don't offer fancy flèche pins like offered by our randonneuring neighbors to the north. I don't yet have the banquet cost per person. But, I will forward this information later.

Our rules are similar to your Flèche Pacifique rules. (Ed: below I include some of those that are a little different. Please request a full rule package from Peter if you plan to do this ride).

The purpose of the Flèche Northwest, in the spirit of randonneuring, is to promote teamwork, camaraderie and synergy of purpose. The goal for each team is to complete their stated objective, enjoy the journey and celebrate their accomplishment of this early season event.

No licensed professional riders regardless of affiliation are permitted. An exception will be made for veterans class riders more than 50 years old. No advertising of any sort is allowed on the rider's jersey, jacket, shorts, helmet, etc.

Riders may start their rides from 6:00 PM on Friday to 10:00 AM on Saturday. For planning purposes consider the likelihood of the distance being greater than the proposed route. However, distances 15% greater than that of the proposed route cannot be certified. Similarly, distances 20% less than that of the proposed route will result in disqualification.

The registration fee must be included with each registration. Checks should be made payable to SIR and sent to the SIR official in charge of the Flèche Northwest. A self addressed stamped envelope should also be included with registration.