Frequently Asked Questions

This information will help answer all of your questions.

Is the Fleche Buffoon a Race?
The Fleche Buffoon is a challenging RIDE. The roads are open to traffic and there are no prizes for finishing order. The event is a hybrid between a brevet (where riders must be self sufficient) and a cyclosportive (a challenging supported ride). Participants should obey all traffic rules and are responsible for their own safety.

 

Will we be riding as a group?
That is entirely up to the participants. We will have cue sheets and road markings, so those who want to ride at their own pace, can. While there will be a mass start, we expect there to be several groups that form quickly on the road, based upon rider fitness and skills. We suggest you ride in a manner that is most comfortable and safe for you.

 

What type of support does the ride offer?
There will be marked roads, cue sheets and GPS Data will be available, there will be post-ride activity, and there will be a broom wagon.

 

Are there Aid Stations or Feed Zones?
No, the course does not have aid stations.  However there are quite a few stores and restaurants on the route, which will be indicated on your cue sheets.

 

What does “Minimal Road Markings” mean?
The turns will be marked with either a small sign or a paint mark on the road, depending on the circumstances. Unlike some of the larger rides, there will not always be multiple indicators before each turn, nor will there always be a confirmation mark following the turn. As such riders should utilize the cue sheets and GPS data provided, and should only use road markings as confirmation. An example of the markings will be shown to the participants before the start of the ride.

 

Will there be any SAG, Technical Support or Medical Services?
No, bring spare tubes, tires, tools, and anything else you might think is required to perform repairs yourself. Treat this like you would a normal training or club ride.

We will however have a Broom Wagon which will sweep the course, but this is not the same as active SAG support. There will not be medical services on course, so be prepared to call 911 in case of emergency.

 

What Services will be on the course?
None. Please bring a cell phone, in case of emergencies, and any supplies you might need. We request that all participants behave as Good Samaritans, and aid other participants who require assistance.

 

Is there an Entry Fee for the Fleche Buffoon?
Yes, please see the Registration page for details

 

What do I get with my Entry Fee?
You will get a great day on the bike, on a unique and challenging course, a raffle entry (if you pre-register), and a post ride tailgate party (we’ll provide the beverages, please bring your own food & chairs). Proceeds help support local charities

 

Who is the ride open to?
The Fleche Buffoon is open to any cyclist who wants to take on the challenge. Riders can be members of any or no club.

 

How do I Register?
On-line registration is available here.

For full details on registration, please visit our registration page on the Fleche Buffoon website.

 

Will Bad Weather Cancel the Fleche Buffoon?
Typically Not. Since this ride is a tribute to the Ardennes Spring Classics, bad weather comes with the territory, thus the ride is rain or shine. But that said, rider safety is paramount, and if conditions warrant it, the ride will be rescheduled as is convenient to the organizers. Please check this website and Facebook on the morning of the ride for cancellation notices. Pre-Registered riders will also be notified via email.

 

What Type of Bike Should I Ride?
The course is suitable for the use of standard road bikes. Since the course is ca 75 miles long, we do not recommend the use of mountain or hybrid bikes.

 

Can I use a Fixed Gear Bike?
You are welcome to give it a try, but your bike must have at least 1 working brake. This is a hilly ride >6000′ of climbing) with some very steep climbs, and fast/technical descents, but if you are comfortable on such terrain, we welcome you to give it a go. You may get mocked, but you will also be greatly admired.

 

Are there any Awards?
This isn’t a race, so there are no prizes based upon performance. However, we do have a prize drawing for great merchandize prizes donated by our sponsors. You must be present to win, unless you have made other arrangements with the organizer prior to the event.

 

If I have other questions, who do I contact?
Please submit your question via our Contact Form