THE OCEAN CYCLING WORLD OF YVON LE CAER
“Although this episode of my life belongs to yesteryear,
I believe that the effort and achievement are still relevant today.”
- Yvon Le Caer -
SUMMARY OF THIS WEBSITE CONTENTS
Peter Eland, Publisher of VELO VISION MAGAZINE said it best [June 2009]:
“A slice of human powered history has recently emerged via a website set-up by
ocean-pedalling pioneer Yvon Le Caer who, in the 1980s, completed a remarkable
serie of voyages on his self-built pedalcraft.
A former successful racing cyclist, he had switched his efforts to pedal boats and major
crossings, as he said “not only to face new athletic and technical challenges, but also to
realize an old dream of mine and, by the same token, validate cycling on water."
His first major crossing, in 1981, took him from Cat Cay in the Bahamas to Dania Beach
on the East coast of Florida, a 62-mile or 100 km journey. Then, in 1985, he became
the first cyclist to “pedal” the English Channel from Cherbourg in Normandy, France,
to Poole on the Dorset coast of England; a 92-mile or 148 km journey riding AquaCycle,
a pedalcraft of his own design.
His athletic career was cut short in 1986 by a hit-and-run driver, but the new website offers
a moving and impressive chronicle of the sea cycling exploits of his youth, with press clippings,
photos and documents pioneering rides on human-powered boats long before the idea had
gained tne acceptance and awareness (such as it is) that the concept has today.
It's well worth a read, and even a trip to the public library if you don't have the internet at home.”