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Brevet Rules

Last Updated 2021.01.25

Brevet Rules

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How to join Brevet

Anyone over the age of 20 who is over 20 years old and has experience in long-distance cycling, or a cyclist who has the same ability and can be self-contained even if there is an accident or trouble, can participate if he has personal liability insurance for bicycles.

What is personal liability insurance for bicycles?

Personal liability insurance for bicycles is an insurance service that mainly refers to accidents caused by bicycles and compensates for accidents such as when you injure the other party while cycling, when you have damaged other people's property (including public objects), and depending on the insurance, the water in the bathroom overflows in the accident apartment on daily life and floods other people's rooms downstairs.
When you meet an accident, it is also important whether there is a settlement negotiation service provided by the insurance company. In addition, not only the other party but also the hospital visit compensation and hospitalization compensation if you are injured due to falls etc. while cycling, and there are cases where you are hit by a car and injured while walking other than bicycles, so please check with each insurance company.

Insurance requirements required to participate in Brevet
Compensation Insurance paid when liable for damages due to an accident caused while cycling
Amount of compensation The amount of liability insurance must be 50 million yen or more.
Since 2018, Audax Japan has announced that BRM Fresh, sponsored by organizations affiliated with Audax Japan, will have a minimum compensation amount of 100 million yen or more for individual liability.
Brm Fresh, which will be held in 2017, can participate in bicycle insurance with a personal liability insurance amount of 50 million yen or more, but if you participate in BRM or Fresh after 2018, please take out bicycle insurance with a minimum of 100 million yen or more in personal liability coverage. Sr600 requires 100 million yen in liability insurance.
Insurance with liability coverage is essential for participating in BRM. Compensation for the death or disability of the participant is not mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended that it be covered as compensation.
Insurance period The insurance period includes the start to the goal of the BRM or Fresh you are participating in.
Insurance companies
Types of insurance
If the above conditions are met, the type of insurance company or insurance does not matter. However, when entering BRM or Fresh, it is necessary to declare the insurance number with the insurance company, so it is necessary to keep insurance certificates etc. so that insurance information can be unders always unders been made.
Also, check with your insurance company to see if any accidents while cycling are covered. AJ and each host organization do not confirm or are not responsible for the insurance company.
Please refer to the link below for personal liability insurance for bicycles.

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When you start riding a road bike, you have to think about bike insurance. We will introduce the 2021 version of bicycle insurance that you can really recommend without any affiliates, advertisements, or solicitations. As of 2021, bicycle insurance with unlimited personal liability coverage is also coming out. We recommend that you take this opportunity to take advantage of bicycle insurance.

Please refer to the above article for the article of bicycle insurance recommended on this site.

Contents of self-report at the time of Brevet entry

When entering Brevet, the following contents are required to self-report.

  • Name of insurance company
  • Insurance type
  • Securities number
  • Period of insurance enrollment
  • Liability insurance amount (maximum amount of compensation amount covered)

The entry method varies depending on the club hosting the BRM, but any club must self-report the above when entering BRM.
Different clubs may have different self-reported or filled-in content. Check with each club.
It is not mandatory to submit a copy of the insurance policy of the insurance that you self-reported at the time of entry. Each club has its different responses, so check with each club.

If you have made an illegal burbe entry

If the following applies, you will also be denied participation in the BRM after you cancel the recognition of the BRM you entered.

  • If the declaration at the time of entry was false. When a shortage of uninsured or liability insurance amounts is discovered
  • Liability for damages caused by an accident caused by the participant is to ACP, Odax Japan, each host club, the organizer, and the brm organizer (owner or lender of the starting point or goal point, etc.)
Insurance when participating in overseas Burbe

You must also take out liability insurance when participating in burbe overseas, not in Japan.
Currently, there are few insurance companies in Japan that compensate for accidents overseas with personal liability insurance for bicycles.
If you meet an accident overseas or cause damage to others, medical expenses and damage compensation may be high.
Currently, it seems that it is common to temporarily enroll in overseas travel insurance as insurance to be enrolled when participating in overseas burbe.
The amount and coverage of insurance liability varies depending on the insurance company, so you need to check with your insurance company.
During the insurance period, make sure to join properly from the date of travel until the day you return home.

Brevet (BRM) Regulations

BRMs from 200km to 1200km are held in accordance with the rules established by the ACP and are certified by the ACP. In the case of Japan, each host club will send it to AJ and ACP, and it will be officially certified only after ACP has certified it.
The burbe held in Japan is implemented under the AJ regulations with slight changes to the ACP rules in consideration of traffic and social conditions in Japan. Local rules may apply to some host clubs. In addition, when participating in an overseas burbe, it is necessary to comply with the ACP rules and the rules of the host country and the organizer.

Article 1 Accreditation

Only Audax Club Parisien (ACP) worldwide has the right to be accredited for this event (BRM). ACP certifies all Brevets. All burbe certifications are assigned certification numbers. Certification numbers are assigned in chronological order according to the date and time of acceptance. The ACP has recorded all certifications since its founding in 1921.

As mentioned above, all of Brevet's completion certifications are carried out by ACP, and finish records are also kept.

Article 2 Eligibility

The burbe is open to any amateur cyclist under insurance and does not matter what bike club the cyclist joins. Cyclists under the age of 20 are not allowed to participate.
Human-Powered Vehicles can participate. The only condition is that the vehicle is driven only by the force of the runner.
Must be a vehicle that can be used on public roads in Japan (skateboards and other types classified as playground equipment are not available on public roads).

In Japan, there are some areas where you can run on public roads, but overseas there are people who participate in Burbe on special bicycles such as tandem bicycles (bicycles that move by two people pedaling) and recumbents.

Article 3 Application for Participation

In order to participate in The Burbe, the runner must fill out the application form designated by the event organizer and pay the participation fee. Requires the signing of consent to the host club's liability exemption.

The reason why the participation fee is required is not for profit because it is used for expenses for the host club to hold the burbe, payment to AJ, mailing of Brevet cards and certified medals to participants, etc.
Signing a consent form for exemption from liability is a consent form that, when participating in a Brevet, waives seeking liability from AJ or the organizers due to an accident or trouble during participation and resolves it at your own responsibility.

Article 4 Insurance

The runner must have third-party liability insurance.
Foreign residents are allowed to participate if they self-report for insurance, but it is at the discretion of the organizer.

The reason why you must take out personal liability insurance for bicycles when participating in Brevet is due to the above provisions.

Article 5 Compliance with Traffic Regulations

Each runner is believed to be running privately during the Burbe. Runners must comply with all traffic rules and follow all traffic lights.
The ACP, AJ and the host club are not and will not be liable for any accidents in The Burbe course.

In Japan, when traveling on public roads by bicycle, it is classified as a light vehicle, and you have to turn right in two stages at an intersection with a traffic light.
Even at intersections where there is no signal, you have to turn right by hand signal and two steps right while sitting on the left side.
If you are participating in an overseas burbe, you will need to check the traffic regulations of the participating regions in advance.

Article 6 Equipment

For night driving, it is necessary to equip the vehicle with a reliably fixed headlight and a tail light. It is necessary for the lamp to always be fully functional (preliminary light is strongly recommended). At least one taillight must be in always-on mode (not blinking mode). Runners who cannot meet the above requirements are not allowed to run.
The light must be lit from evening until early morning. The same is also the case under other poor visibility conditions (rain, fog, etc.). The runner must meet the above requirements, whether running in a group or alone. Any runner must use his or her own light! All runners must wear reflective vests, reflective shoulder belts or similar reflective materials in easy-to-see positions before and after.
Any violation of these Night Driving Rules shall result in immediate disqualification of the runner.
Bells and helmets are mandatory. At 400 km or more, wear two headlights and a tail light (flashable) on the helmet.

When participating in Brevet, there are cases where beginners do not understand this regulation and do not attend the car inspection before participation and do not participate.
Depending on the host club, there may be stricter local rules, so the following basic equipment is mandatory.

  • Bell
  • Reflective vests (reflection tusks may not be good depending on the host club)
  • 2 headlights (Brevet may run on a pass without night light, so you need a light that can be lit for a long time by firmly illuminating the front)
  • 2 or more tail lights (all can be lit at all times. It is OK to turn on one light and flash the other light. In addition, it is also possible to rotate by fixing two or more lights and always lighting one light at a time)
  • Headlight tail light (This is not always on and flashing is also possible.)
  • Helmet

If you prepare the above equipment, you will be able to participate in most burbes in various places.

Article 7 Support and Others

Each runner must do every thing on his own. No accompanying vehicles or any type of support is allowed on the course. Support is allowed only at checkpoints. Any violation of this guideline shall result in immediate disqualification of the runner.
At the start, if the organizer creates a running group, any runner may run at his or her own pace and get out of the group at any time. No runner is seen as a group leader. In addition, a seal indicating the group leader (jersey, bangle, etc.) or a title (captain) is not allowed.
All runners are required to act in accordance with social norms and comply with all traffic laws, road signs and regulations. All runners are required to be courteous and respect the customs of the driving area.

The organizers don't always monitor it, but the basic participants have to run on their own.

Article 8 Course Checkpoint Brevet card

At the start, the runner receives a Brevet card and a cue sheet indicating the route and checkpoint location. The runner must run along the path. If you leave the path, you must return to a point away from the path and return to the path. Do not go through shortcuts or detours without the instructions of the organizer. The runner must stop at the checkpoint to get a bullbe card. Organizers can place undisclosed checkpoints along the route. This is to protect participants from traveling on the notified path.
The organizer must use an Audax Club Parisien Brevet card or a local Brevet card approved by the ACP.

If you lose this Brevet card, it is the most important thing because you will not be certified even if you finish. Brevet participants often devise their own cases at 100 uniform shops, etc.
It often rains while participating in Brevet, and the burbe card gets wet and the mark etc. of the checkpoint get wet in the rain and disappear.
The case for storing the Brevet card is waterproof, and it is recommended to have it by attaching it from the neck with a neck strap etc. as much as possible.

In recent Burbe, there are many mechanisms that can be downloaded in Excel format etc. from the organizer's official website in advance.
Participants can check the route on a map by themself based on the cue sheet, record the route on a GPS terminal, print out the cue sheet and waterproof it, attach it to a position where it is easy to see their bicycle, etc.

Article 9 Unmanned Checkpoints

Organizers can set up checkpoints (unattended checkpoints) with no host members. At such checkpoints, runners are required to receive a Brevet card mark at a facility designated by the organizer as a checkpoint. Checkpoint information is written on the Brevet card along with the time to pass and the date (for a Brevet of 24 hours or more). Facilities designated as checkpoints include shops and convenience stores. At convenience stores, receipts with store names and issue times must be stored and passed to staff at the time of manned PCs or goals to fill out a Brevet card. If you lose your receipt, you will not be certified.
If there is no way to get a mark at an unattended checkpoint (for example, arriving at midnight), the runner substitutes the mark in the following way.

  1. Send checkpoint information (date and time of passage, name of runner, club name) to the organizer in postcards.
  2. Along with the date and time of passage, write on the Brevet card as evidence of predetermined landmarks and features at the checkpoint.

If you post a postcard, you must fill in "CP" in the control point column of the Brevet card in line with the date and time when the postcard was posted. The organizer may decide which method to adopt at the unattended checkpoint.
Receiving marks at checkpoints, passing time at checkpoints, or losing a Brevet card (no matter how many runners are running) are eligible for disqualification. It is the responsibility of the runner to confirm that the Burbe card has accepted all checkpoint passing marks.

Burbe checkpoints (PC Pointe de Control) in Japan are often set up by convenience stores as unattended checkpoints.
Some checkpoints also have quiz-style checkpoints that record the passing of checkpoints, such as landmarks and signboards, and other information that must be done without going to the site.

Article 10 Time limit and checkpoint transit time

There is a limit on the total running time according to the distance. That is, it is 13:30 for 200km (in the form of hours: minutes), 20:00 for 300km, 27:00 for 400km, 40:00 for 600km, and 75:00 for 1000km.
The actual BRM course is slightly longer than each of the above distances due to conditions such as start and return points, but the time limit is always as described above. Summarized as a table below.

Distance (km) Time limit
200km 13:30
300km 20:00
400km 27:00
600km 40:00
1000km 75:00
1200km 90:00

In addition, the runner must arrive at each checkpoint during the opening and closing times there. The open and close times are shown on the Brevet card with checkpoint information. The runner must arrive at all checkpoints between the start and the finish while it is open. If the organizer believes that the runner arrives at the checkpoint after closing and the delay is due to unforeseen circumstances and the runner cannot manage (e.g., stopping due to a traffic accident rescue or road blockade, etc.), the organizer may regard the timeover and allow the runner to continue running. Poor bicycles and equipment, fatigue, lack of physical strength, lack of supply, etc. are not unforeseen situations, but can be managed by the person concerned, so it is not a good reason for the time over. Certification is carried out by the limit of the total running time, but if you time over at each checkpoint as described above, you will be disqualified.
The close time of the start of brm to be carried out in Japan is 30 minutes after the start time. (2009.4.30 The close time of the start specified by the ACP is one hour after the start time, but it was recognized by ACP as a local rule in Japan to reduce the burden on volunteer staff)

Basically, if you continue to run at an average speed of 15 km/ h, you can set a time limit that you can finish. However, since it includes waiting time at traffic lights and time such as resting and taking a nap at checkpoints, I think that it is actually required to be able to cruise at an average speed of around 25 km/h on flat ground.
In addition, the time limit of 1200 km may be divided into 80 hours, 84 hours, and 90 hours when it comes to famous burbes such as PBP (Paris-Brest Paris).

Article 11 Dealing with Fraud, etc.

Any runner who violates the above rules by dishonesty, misrepresentation, or intentional foul play shall be excluded from all events held by ACP and AJ.

Article 12 Finish, Certification

At the finish point, the runner must sign the Brevet card and give it to the organizer. The Brevet card is checked and the certification number is issued, and then returned to the runner. If the organizer loses the Brevet card, the Brevet card will not be reissued.
The certification number is listed on the ACP (or RM) issued seal attached to the Burbe card.
You may need a certification number when participating in an overseas Brevet or applying for a SuperRandner Medal, so keep your own Brevet card.
Brevet is not a competitive event, so we don't class it. Each Brevet commemorative medal can be purchased by the finisher. If you wish to purchase a medal, please mark the corresponding column of the Brevet Card. Payment will be made at the end of the race.

Article 13 Medals, SuperRandners
Medal
There are the following types of medals: bronze medals for 200km, silver medals for 300km, Vermilion medals for 400km, gold medals for 600km and silver medals for 1000km. The design of the medals will be changed after each PBP is held. The price of the medal is set by the organizer.
Super Randner
This title is given to runners who finish a series of Brevets (200km, 300km, 400km, 600km) within the same year. Medals are also available for those with this title. AJ will accept applications for medals in the fall. Applicants will submit their evidence documents to AJ along with the medal fee. AJ may reserve a medal award until he/she inspects the certification number of each Brevet of the runner.

Burbe's Finish medal
Source:http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/

When you complete the Burbe, you can purchase a medal to commemorate the completion as shown above. I also wanted this medal and decided to join Brevet.
As mentioned above, the design of the medal will be changed to the year of PBP (Paris-Brest Paris), so I think that it is something that you will want as many times as you like.
I also work hard every day to become a superRandner (SR SchupelRandnur) someday.

Article 14 Others

The Brevet must be held alone. Brevet participants must not be considered to be participating (simultaneously) in other events associated with the Brevet host.

It is based on this provision that Brevet is held for a non-profit.

Article 15

All activation activities related to BRM in Japan, namely the authority to give ratings, commendations, contests, etc. to individual runners and clubs, are exclusively owned by AJ, which belongs to ACP representative in Japan (AJ President, who has been entrusted by ACP to full responsibility of BRM in Japan).

Article 16

No matter which country the organizer has set the starting point for, the BRM will be listed in the ACP calendar as an event in the country to which the organizer belongs. In addition, the organizer must always use the Brevet card of the country to which he/she belongs.
In addition to the list of brms in their home countries described in the first stage with the permission of representatives of neighboring countries, organizers (especially in remote regions) may also post the schedule in the list of BRMs in neighboring countries, describing them as "organizers of neighboring countries"; organizers connected;

Article 17 Publication of Results

When participating in The Brevet, the runner must agree that the individual name and total running time will be made public as a result announced by the organizer. No third party should be notified for commercial or commercial use of the runner's personal name.

The results of Brevet's participation will be announced on the Website of the Brevet Organizer in any case of completion, DNF (halfway retirement), DNS (not running).
In most cases, it is uploaded as an Excel file or PDF file on the official website of the host club.

Article 18 Complaints
All runners who apply to participate in Brevet and run must agree to the following actions:
Complaints and questions about Brevet and its organizers must be submitted in writing to the organizers within 48 hours of the end of the burbe. The organizer will review the complaint, provide its views, and forward it to ACP relative AJ President for judgment.
Article 19

All questions related to the final decision will be sent to the Audax Club Parisien Board of Directors with the views of the organizer and the ACP presentative. The Audax Club Parisien Board of Directors will be the final judge for all possible complaints and questions for events for which this Regulation cannot be expressly applied.

Reference:Audax Japan Official Website

This is a reference or quote from Audax Japan's BRM rules.
Brevet is, in a sense, a harsher event than hobby racing. However, you can enjoy the scenery in it, enjoy the local gourmet held in Brevet, or set the target finish time in yourself and immerse yourself in the battle with yourself. I think that it is an event with various ways of enjoying it.
I would be happy if as many people as anyone could read this article and know how to enjoy a road bike called Brevet.

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