Rules and Regulations

These Rules and Regulations have been adapted from various sources: ACP/BRM, RUSA, PBP and BB.

Please note, a brevet and a populaire mean the same thing in the text below. Also, where possible, rules are stricter than the sources.

The IISc Randonneurs is affiliated to the Audax Club Parisien as club number 601008.

Article 1:

Only the Audax Club Parisien has sanctioning worldwide authority for BRMs. The ACP registers all brevets. Each brevet receives a verification number. These are assigned chronologically based on time of receipt. The ACP has registered all brevets since their inception in 1921.

The IISc Randonneurs also organize their own brevets, populaires and other randonneuring events that are not sanctioned by the ACP.

Article 2 :

These brevets are open to any amateur cyclist regardless of his or her cycling affiliations.

Riders under 18 must have a parent/guardian present at the start to sign the waiver form.

Riders under 14 will not be allowed to ride unless they are accompanied by another brevet rider.

Any form of human-powered vehicle is acceptable. The only stipulation is that the vehicle must be powered solely by the rider.

Article 3

To participate in a brevet a rider must complete a registration form and pay a registration fee set by the event organizer. In some countries, a waiver of liability must be signed.

Article 4:

unspecified for now.

Article 5

During the event, each rider is considered to be on a personal ride. The rider must ride in accordance with all applicable traffic codes, obey all traffic signals, and use bike paths when required by law. When riding all riders must wear an approved helmet. The IISc Randonneurs cannot and do not accept responsibility for any accidents that may occur during the course of a brevet.

Article 6

Any machine with two or three wheels steered by a handlebar and propelled by muscle power via a transmission consisting of one or several chainrings may be used. The machine must not exceed a width of 1 meter. Machines not meeting these criteria will have to be vetted by IISc Randonneurs.

Tri-bars and all forms of extended bars are forbidden.

Machines must possess a lighting system powerful enough to be seen at a distance of 100 m from the front and 150 m from the rear. It must be securely and permanently fixed on the bike, even during daytime, and in working order at all times. Flashing LEDs at the rear are forbidden. Backup lighting systems are strongly recommended.
Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light (rain, fog, etc.) conditions, whether the participant rides alone or in a group.

If the controllers stop a rider because of no lighting or insufficient lighting, they will not allow him or her to continue until the lighting failure has been repaired, unless he or she has emergency lighting. In this case he or she may ride to the next checkpoint.

We recommend that riders of recumbents add a protection to the crankset, either a chain guard fixed at the frame, or a chainring guard slightly larger than the big ring. We also recommend a left rearview mirror which may be attached on the back of the glove. Finally, we recommend mounting a safety flag, if possible with reflective strips, at the top of a pole, at least 1.40 meters above ground.

A reflective vest must be worn at night.

In order to make checks easier, all participant will be given a number. It must remain attached to the bike throughout the ride.

Article 7

Each rider must be self sufficient. No follow cars or support of any kind are permitted on the course. Personal support is only allowed at checkpoints and only with prior clearance with the organizers. Any violation of this requirement will result in immediate disqualification.
Please see our policy on this matter.

At the start, if the organizer creates groups, as everyone rides at his or her own pace, a rider could go out of the group at any time. No rider can be considered as group leader. All distinctive signs (jersey, armband, etc…) or title (road captain) are not allowed. All riders are required to conduct themselves in a civil manner and abide by all applicable vehicle codes, laws, and regulations. All riders are required to respect local customs with regards to decorum.

Article 8

At the start, each rider will receive a brevet card and 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 organizer. Riders must stop at each checkpoint to have their card stamped. Organizers may also include unannounced checkpoints along the route. This assures that everyone will stay on the prescribed route.

Article 9

Organizers may have checkpoints with no member of the organizing staff present. At these checkpoints riders must get their brevet card stamped at a local establishment that the organizer specifies as a checkpoint, such as a grocery store 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).

For unmanned checkpoints where no means of getting a stamp is available (arrival in the middle of the night for example), the rider may either (1) mail in a postcard with the checkpoint information (time, date, full name of the rider, and the rider's club affiliation) to the brevet organizer; or (2) write into their brevet card identifying information from a predetermined landmark or sign at the checkpoint also noting the time and the date of passage. When the rider mails a postcard, the rider should mark his brevet card in the space provided for the checkpoint: PC, with the time and date the postcard was sent. The organizer has the discretion to determine which option is to be allowed for a given checkpoint.

Missing checkpoint stamps, missing checkpoint times, or loss of the brevet card (regardless of how far into the ride a rider is) will result in disqualification. Each rider is responsible for seeing that his brevet card is properly completed at each checkpoint.

Article 10

Overall time limits vary for each brevet according to the distance. These are: (in hours and minutes, HH:MM) 13:30 for 200 KM, 20:00 for 300 KM, 27:00 for 400 KM, 40:00 for 600 KM, and 75:00 for 1000 KM.

Additionally, 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. Riders must arrive at each checkpoint between the start and the finish while the checkpoint is open. If a rider arrives at a checkpoint after it has closed and the ride organizer 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 organizer 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, hunger, etc. are not unforeseen and 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.

Article 11

Any fraud, cheating, or deliberate violation of these rules will result in the exclusion of the rider from all IISc Randonneurs organized events.

Article 12

At the finish, the rider must sign his brevet card and return it to the event organizer. The brevet card will be returned to the rider after the brevet has been verified and a brevet number issued. In the event of the organizer losing a brevet card, no replacement to the rider will be made.

These brevets are not competitive events, so no rider classifications are made. Commemorative medals for each brevet are available for purchase. Those wishing to purchase a medal should mark their brevet card accordingly. Payment is required at the finish.

Article 13

These brevets are not competitive events, so no rider classifications are made. Results are published alphabetically, not by arrival time.

Article 14

The medals noting the successful completion of the brevets are: a bronze medal for 200 KM, a silver-plate medal for 300 KM, a vermilion medal for 400 KM, a gold medal for 600 KM, and a silver medal for 1000 KM. The design of the medals will change after each PBP. Cost for the medals will be set by the event organizer.

Super Randonneur: This title is earned by any rider who completes a series of brevets ( 200, 300, 400, and 600 KM) in the same year. A medal is also available for those holding this title. Riders should provide supporting documentation to their brevet organizer, as well as payment. The organizer can obtain the medal upon verification of the rider's brevet numbers.

Article 15

A brevet must be done alone and may not be counted as participation in another event held in conjunction with it.

Article 16

While taking part in a brevet, the riders accept the publication of their identity and the time achieved in the results published by the organizers.  Their identity could never be used at commercial purposes or to be transmitted to a third for this purpose.

Article 17

Any rider who registers for and starts a brevet agrees by these actions to the following: Any complaint or question concerning a brevet or its organization must be submitted to the organizer in writing, within 48 hours from the finish of the brevet.