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Brevet Rules and Requirements

Rules and Requirements for DBC Brevets

Following are rules and requirements for DBC brevets. The full regulations for riding brevets can be found under “Rules” at the RUSA website: Don’t risk being disqualified from an event by not following the requirements.

  • Brevets stress rider self-sufficiency. Cyclists should carry a small assortment of tools and spare parts to make minor repairs on the road.
  • All clock references will use the 24-hour international clock.
  • Personal support vehicles are prohibited without prior authorization from the Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA), and then only under special circumstances.
  • Helmets are required at all times while riding during the brevet events.
  • Front and rear lights, affixed securely to your bicycle, are required any time you are riding before sunrise or after sunset during the brevets. A back-up system is highly recommended.
  • Only solid rear lights are allowed while riding.
  • A reflective vest or sash on the torso and reflective leg bands on both legs are also required for night riding.
  • Aero-bars are allowed for all Davis brevets. However, please limit your use of aero-bars when riding within groups of cyclists.

In addition to these specific rules for riding brevets, please be aware of our pandemic rules for riding:

  • First and foremost: if you are feeling sick, or have any symptoms, or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, DO NOT show up for a ride.  Davis Randonneurs will refund your registration fee.
  • Each rider is required to bring a face mask or other face covering.  Masks must be worn at these times:
    • Before the start of the ride and at controls, or whenever riders are gathering and interacting with each other and the ride organizer.
    • Anytime the rider goes into a business or public restroom.
    • Anytime on the ride when at least 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained. 
  • Each rider should bring a small container of hand sanitizer to carry on the road.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times.  You should only ride closely with someone from your own “bubble”- pacelines and pack riding are less than ideal.  Maintain at least 6 feet of space when stopped, and at least 10 or 15 feet while moving.  
  • Do not assume that another rider wants to ride near you.  If you would like to ride with another rider, first ask them explicitly about their comfort level and work out a spacing distance that you both are comfortable with.  
  • Carpooling to the start, except with members of your own “bubble,” is not advised.
  • Have a back-up plan in case you have a major mechanical out on the road and you can’t finish.  It is not reasonable to expect the ride organizer to pick you up in their car – plan on calling a family member or Uber.
  • Riders are encouraged to bring their own food and carry extra water to minimize the number of stops they have to make