A bit of history From ACP

Discussion in 'Audax, Brevet and Randonnee' started by Ian H, 17 Jul 2017.

  1. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

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    On the 12th of June, 1897, a group of Italian cyclists travelled the route between Rome and Naples, a distance of 230 kilometers, in a single day. Given the difficult cycling conditions of that time, this effort was considered to be "audacious"... [more - ACP website]
     
  2. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

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    I can't imagine riding that distance on the bikes that were around then. I imagine the road 'buzz' must have been awful.
     
  3. Yellow Saddle

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    What do you imagine would have caused the said road buzz?
     
  4. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

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    The general discomfort that bikes then exerted on the rider!
     
  5. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Fixed gears, unsurfaced roads...
     
  6. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    I thought that. Though a captained ride at a set pace would be an interesting experience I think.
     
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    Ian H

    Ian H Guru

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    There are some initial discussions going on about the possibility of AUK running UAF events.
     
  8. Yellow Saddle

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    What makes you think bikes of that era were generally uncomfortable and created a "buzz".

    They use exactly the same saddles so highly prized by the leather brigade nowadays. They had tubular tyres, box section wheels and supposedly flexible frames. Where's the buzz? I think you'll find today's bikes are more uncomfortable, bar such discomforts as cloth bar tape, pedal clips and saggy knitted clothing.
     
  9. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

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    @Dogtrousers, it happened in Italy! :whistle:
     
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  10. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Depends on the club. Second half of our club rides the pace always seems to go up and a shout of "make your own way home" goes up. Which is why I rarely ride with 'em.
     
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    Ian H

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    There is a UAF Paris-Brest-Paris, which runs every 5 years. So occasionally it is possible to ride two PBPs in one year.
     
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    Ian H

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    Yup. Dave and Judith are UAF enthusiasts. I think they've both ridden 1200s in every continent–Judith certainly has.
     
  13. tatr

    tatr Well-Known Member

    Yes. I've done it in France. Just send in gpx tracks as normal.
     
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