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Brevet 200 km - 2011

Startort/location: Wolfenbüttel, Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony, Startzeit/date: 9:00 02.04.2011

Der Begriff Brevet bezeichnet im Amateur-Radsport eine organisierte Langstreckenveranstaltung, bei der von sogenannten Randonneuren eine vorgegebene, nicht ausgeschilderte Strecke (üblicherweise zwischen 200 km und 1400 km) mit passieren von Kontrollstellen innerhalb eines bestimmten Zeitraums geradelt wird. Bei einem Brevet legt jeder Fahrer seine Geschwindigkeit, Pausenzeiten und - bei langen Brevets - seine Schlafpausen selbst fest. Diese Fahrweise wird französisch "Allure Libre" genannt. Es sind alle Fahrräder zugelassen, auf denen sich der Radfahrer ausschließlich aus eigener Muskelkraft fortbewegt. Die meisten Teilnehmer verwenden eine Variante des Rennrads, welches oft über einen leichten Gepäckträger verfügt, der eine kleine Tasche mit Regenkleidung und etwas Proviant trägt. Dazu kommen Licht und je nach Jahreszeit Schutzbleche. Manfred benutzte ein für Langstrecken gut geeignetes Liegerad.

In the sport of randonneuring, a brevet is an organised long-distance bicycle ride. Cyclists - who, in this discipline, may be referred to as randonneurs - follow a designated but unmarked route (usually 200 kms to 1400 kms), passing through check-point controls, and must complete the course within specified time limits. With a Brevet every rider fixes his speed, break times and - in long-distance brevets - his sleeping breaks himself. This riding manner is called in French "Allure Libre". All bicycles on which the cyclist moves exclusively with own muscular strength are admitted. Most participants use a type of road bike which often disposes of a light carrier, which carries a small pocket with rainwear and some victuals. In addition light and according to season mutguards are common practice. Manfred used a recumbent bike, which is well suitable for long distances.

  • Carolynd411 (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    200km Brevet 02.04.2011

    What a neat and unique bycycle!  My dearest Manfred, I've missed so much not being able to keep up with your journeys the past six months. Severe health issues, however, have kept me away from my computer since December. Now that warmer weather is on the horizon for us Canucks, I hope I can return to spending more time at my computer, as well as checking out all your fascinating photographs. Just looking at the titles of your photographs tells me you've been quite busy with the various bike-a-thons. I've missed you, dearest Manfred, as well as your delightful journeys and your interesting notes. You, and your delightful site, always brightened my days. I hope this beautiful weekend holiday will be filled with lots of sunshine, flowers, and good health. Sending lots of warm, gentle hugs across the miles.
    Luv ya bunches!
    Sweet Caroline
    • Manfred Premium user Germany (Private)
      10 years 7 months ago
      Hello, dear Sweet Caroline, nicely that I receive a sign of life from you again. 
      I already thought that you do not like me any more and that you have searched a new boyfriend. :o))
      Please stay healthy and vivid on the bright side of life!
  • Okinew (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    200km Brevet 02.04.2011
    This velomobile reminded me Volkswagen Вeetle:

    • Manfred Premium user Germany (Private)
      10 years 7 months ago
      Yes, there a resemblance is, particularly in the colour!  :o)
      But the fuel consumption of the Velomobils is lower!  :o)))
  • Carolynd411 (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    200km Brevet 02.04.2011
    If I encountered one of these bikers on the highway, I would swear the marsians had landed. LOL! It looks like a miniature Yellow Submarine. It looks like the harsh winter took quite a toll on some of your country roads this year. We will also be spending most of our spring and summer dodging the horrific potholes here in Ottawa. Although we didn't get much snow in our city this year, our winter was bitterly cold; and our highways take quite a beating. There's really some gorgeous countryside on this journey; and as always, your photographs are outstanding.
    Luv ya bunches!
    Sweet Caroline
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