SVS 2015, July 4-7
Riders’ Status as of June 28, 2015
Entry = Entry form sent to participant
Yes! = Inscribed! Entry form and documents received from participant
OK = 100% Registered! (payment or scheduled travel plan)
1- The Regulations promulgated by Audax Club Parisien (ACP) apply.
2- To enter SVS, a successfully completed brevet series (200-300-400-600km) in the same year is required. Any missing distance can be replaced by a 1000 km or 1200+ brevet completed in the past two seasons.
3- We have two groups of riders. The Green group has 3 fix overnight controls with hotel beds, dinner and breakfast booked. Bags will be transported to every overnight control. These riders must finish within the 90 hours time limit. Riders intending to go faster will form a Red group and will choose on their own where to eat and sleep, helped by a list of suggested facilities provided by the organizers. These riders must finish within the 80 hours time limit.
1- In order to get inscribed with “OK” status into the preliminary starting list it is enough to communicate your traveling plan.
2- Entry fee is set to 120 EUR for the Green group and to 50 EUR for riders in the Red group.
3- Entry fee can be paid at registration
4- SVS jerseys can be ordered not later than May 25. Prepayment of ordered jerseys is not required. Such payment can happen at registration.
5- Detailed travel plans are also required in the case SVS organizers will assist participants in arranging airport transfers and/or hotel booking before the start.
1- Registration, bike inspection, technical conference, and bag-drop will take place on the day before the start: Friday, July 3, in accordance with a timely announced program and schedule.
2- Bike inspection: Each bike must be functional and equipped with superior headlights and taillights. A dual headlight system or spare bulb is required, and a solid red taillight. Riders may use a flashing taillight in addition to the steady light.
3- Additional requirements for strong headlights remain. Information about planned light systems will be required in the entry form, and headlights inspection will be carried out during bike check.
4- Helmets are not required by the Traffic Law, but are compulsory for events supported by the Bulgarian Tourist Federation. So, riders can not be disqualified, but some minimal penalty may apply.
5- Reflective vests are compulsory at night and in low visibility conditions.
1- SVS must be completed in 90 hours for the Green group and in 80 hours for the Red group. The 90 or 80 hours rule is applied with the opening and closing time of control points based on the formula developed by the ACP and used for Paris-Brest-Paris.
2- Each rider from the Green group must check in and check out of every overnight and daily food control point and get his/her SVS Control card signed and stamped as indicated. For the Red group it is allowed taking a receipt or photo (with site name, date and time) instead of stamp.
3- No follow vehicles are allowed. Support vehicles must follow an alternate route. Support vehicles on the rider route will result in rider penalties. Multiple infractions of this rule result in rider disqualification.
4- Support crews are permitted to support the rider at control points only.
5- Riders may only accept mechanical assistance from the SVS Staff on the SVS route. Riders may accept other support at control points.
6- Each rider must comply with lighting requirements and reflective material rules for riding at night during the event.
7- Riders may receive 1-hour or 2-hour penalties for violation of these rules. Repeated violation of the same rule will be followed by disqualification.
8- If a rider abandons, he/she is responsible to notify SVS staff by calling the 24-Hour Emergency Telephone number printed on the SVS Control Card.
9- Riders who abandon are responsible to find their own transportation back to the start.
10- According to long-established tradition, successful finishers will receive medals, and all participants will take special remembrance awards during the post-ride party in the evening of the last SVS day on July 7.
11- Validated Control cards will be sent to the indicated in the Entry forms addresses, along with a free DVD with video and photos of the ride.
The above link to all stages is not precise enough and is not intended for use with GPS. It is good for obtaining an overall look at the whole itinerary and at the climb chart.
Stage 1 /204 km/ Sliven - Lozarevo - Varna:
Stage 2 /146 km/ Varna - Isperih:
Stage 3 /149 km/ Isperih - Veliko Tarnovo:
Stage 4 /94 km/ Veliko Tarnovo - Troyan:
Stage 5 /87 km/ Troyan - Koprivshtitsa:
Stage 6 /110 km/ Koprivshtitsa - Dolna banya:
Stage 7 /164 km/ Dolna banya - Rakitovo - Trigrad:
Stage 8 /157 km/ Trigrad - Asenovgrad - Chirpan:
Stage 9 /106 km/ Chirpan - Sliven:
Noel McNamara, Ireland
I must also say that I thought that the organisation of 2012 was excellent and very supportive all the way. I have been recommending it to many people that I have met over the summer.
Klaus Prüger, Germany
Many thanks again for all I got from you in Bulgaria, especially for the great SVS Tour.
Jan Erik Jensen, Sweden
Thanks again for showing me your great country!
Ernesto Berzacola, Italy
All of us Italians are very satisfied with this experience, especially for your hospitality and kindness (I had no doubt ...) and thank you heartily.
John Barkman, UK
Just wanted to say thank you very much for such a great and memorable SVS this year! It certainly was challenging and I really enjoyed it! As usual, everyone was very friendly, and the controllers feel like family now! I thought the organisation was excellent and the event went really well!
Paul Vlasveld, USA
I would like to thank you and your volunteers for organizing such a challenging and dare I say it fun event.
Compliments for the organization of the S-V-S 2010, also to all the staff for their kindness, generosity and care to the controls. The foods and drinks were very good. Bulgaria has different regions and it has a beautiful landscape. The streets are not always in good condition but a randonneer is able to face these troubles. Thanks for this fantastic randonnee and I hope to meet you again in the future.
Ferdinand Jung, Austria
Yes, the controllers and volunteers are very, very helpful. It was a wonderful brevet. Some roads are very dangerous. We had a very good ligths.
George Hanna, UK
Thanks for the controllers names, which I will include in the article I have in mind for Arrivee - the AUK club magazine. They all did a fantastic job, and it was a pleasure to do the ride. Arduous at times, but a pleasure.
Here is the finished version of the article:
Knut Kollbach, Germany
I have a small written report on SVS and on the homepage of my club released: