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La Populaire "Train de nuit" (Night-start 100K) 5/11/2018


Rescheduled to 5/11. This populaire will give you an opportunity to (re)hone your night riding skills, check your (lighting) equipment, or try night riding for the first time in a low-key environment, if you're new to that aspect of randonneuring.

Ride Summary:

Now in its fifth edition, the populaire will again start from Snohomish and takes place mostly on the Centennial trail, utilizing the ever popular permanent route number 1354 - an out and back on the trail, quick crossing of Arlington, a few miles of Hwy 9 before the turnaround at the (closed) general store at Lake McMurray. This is an easy route: flat, straight, with pretty much two turns on the whole ride, and not much more than suicidal rabbits and frogs and slugs (oh my!) to watch for during most of the ride.

If you want more info on all that you'll be missing in the dark click here.

This event starts at 19:00 at the main trail access in Snohomish, at the intersection between Maple Ave and Pine Ave (street parking available along Maple Ave.)


Dominique Blachon

Date: May 11, 2018

19:00 (7 p.m.) start

Start Location: This event starts at 19:00 at the main trail access in Snohomish, at the intersection between Maple Ave and Pine Ave
End Location:


Directions: Note that due to the late hour, the start will be towards the main trail access, NOT at the bakery. Street parking available along Maple Ave.

Ride fee and Registration:

This ride is free!

Preregistration has closed.

Who's riding?

Cue Sheet: Click here for the cue sheet.
Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3728590

Please be sure to review (and comply with) Article 10 of the RUSA rules for Brevets concerning lighting and reflective clothing. Make sure to have good lights and reflective clothing. Failure to do so may jeopardize your safety. It's also cause for disqualification, as provided in the RUSA rules (see below).

Article 10

For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders' lights must meet the requirements of local laws. A rider is not permitted to cycle at night or in other low-light conditions without working front and rear lights attached to the vehicle; therefore backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside. Each rider, whether riding in a group or alone, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights!

During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions, all riders must wear a reflective vest or some other device that clearly places reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During these times all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle. (Due to their unusual seating position, recumbent riders may modify their reflective torso devices to show better from front and rear.) Other reflective devices on clothing, shoes, helmets, and machines are encouraged for increased safety - but they are extra and may not take the place of the minimum items listed above.

Any violation of these night riding rules will result in the immediate disqualification of the rider.

I recommend being familiar with the rest of the rules for riders as well – see http://www.rusa.org/brvreg.html.


Who's Been Riding?