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Brevet 600 km - 2011

Startort/location: Wolfenbüttel, Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony, Startzeit/date: 9:00 04.06.2011

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 Liegerad, das für diese 600 km Route sehr gut geeignet war. Während des Brevets war es sonnig und heiß. Die Temperaturen bis 35°C zwangen einige Teilnehmer zum Abbruch. Wegen der Hitze und wegen 2 Reifenpannen war Manfred langsamer als gewohnt, konnte aber die Tour erfolgreich beenden.

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 that was suitable for this 600 km route very well. During the brevet it was sunny and hot. The temperatures up to 35°C forced some participants to abort. Because of the heat and because of two flat tires Manfred was slower than normal, but could finish the tour successful.

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    hallo manfred,
    klasse bilder und  leicht verblassende erinnerungen wurden wieder wach.
    an einige ansichten kann ich mich noch gut erinnern.
     bin dort auch gefahren und sogar auf 2,3 fotos drauf.
     habe deine seite durch den hinweis einer mitrandonneurin  erhalten.
    es war ein schöner warmer ritt, mit 2x panne.
    woge
  • Okinew (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    600km Brevet 04+05.06.2011
    What interesting sculptural groups!
    Can you tell, what symbolizes those figures in the fountain?
    • Manfred Premium user Germany (Private)
      10 years 7 months ago
      Thanks for your interest, dear Olga.
      This is the marketplace fountain of the town Aken. The middle figure, a female act, is intended as a symbol for the river Elbe. The golden anchor lying to her feet points out to the fact that Aken is a big skipper's town on the Elbe. The edge figures symbolize different historical events of the town.
      • Okinew (Private)
        10 years 7 months ago
        Thank you very much for the information.
        But strange poses, and the strange figure  of the man to the  right.
        • Manfred Premium user Germany (Private)
          10 years 7 months ago
          In the 12-th century several wars were waged about the town Aken. Winner was the archbishop of Magdeburg. He is the right front figure with the golden church on his knee.
          • Okinew (Private)
            10 years 7 months ago
            Thanks. It's difficult to discern the details.
  • Okinew (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    600km Brevet 04+05.06.2011
    Ah! No luck!
    • Manfred Premium user Germany (Private)
      10 years 7 months ago
      ...but I had luck that I had taken tools and a spare tire. 
      Therefore I could finish the brevet successfully!  :-)
      • Okinew (Private)
        10 years 7 months ago
        I have no doubt that you have all the necessary tools always.
        Next stage - 1400 km?
  • Okinew (Private)
    10 years 7 months ago
    600km Brevet 04+05.06.2011
    You ran over a fragment of the bottle?
    • Manfred Premium user Germany (Private)
      10 years 7 months ago
      Yes, dear Olga, I did not pay attention enough!  
      The bottle ground smashed the brake flank of my rim and cut the tyre :-(
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