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Old 12-12-09, 09:38 AM   #1
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THE OCEAN CYCLING WORLD OF YVON LE CAER
http://yvonlecaer.com/

“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.”




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Let me encourage you to visit the Classic & Vintage sub-forum and begin a new thread. I am certain a great number of C&Vers will comment, especially after checking out your website and seeing your vintage racing pictures.

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Aqua cycles like he rode are something that all cyclists should try at least once.

When I was a kid in summer camp, the camp had two of them similar in design to his though not as technically advanced. They looked like they had been made of surplus WWII metal. I couldn't resist, and since I had already taken the sailing and canoeing classes they let me go out.

The aqua cycle was a bit of a tank, but it was so cool to be pedaling my way across the water.
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Thank you for sharing your story. Very inspiring.
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The FEELING of CYCLING on WATER

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Aqua cycles like he rode are something that all cyclists should try at least once.
Thanks, Artkansas. I like your advice to all cyclists, and I am glad you enjoyed your own experience on water. While on this subject, I was, during one of my latest interviews, presented with the following question:

How would you describe the feeling between cycling on land and cycling on water?

My response:
For me, cycling on water my way (upright position), and being able to accomplish what I had dreamed of for decades, has been the most unique and rewarding challenge/experience of my entire life; a sensation actually difficult to share in details. Millions of people, racers or not, know the great feeling of cycling on land; however, very few, if any, have pedaled like me across the sea. With regard to my prevailing impression when riding on water for recreation/fun (ocean endeavors set aside of course), it's a feeling of space, tranquility and beauty which first comes to mind.

However, when dealing with serious business, the endeavors and all the tasks at hand then, this was quite a different ball game in which there was no room for amateurism. It was no piece of cake... it was like going uphill all the time... it was tough!"


Link to full interview: http://bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2010/...n-le-caer.html

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WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY & SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR 2015

IMAGE OF THE PAST (June 1982):
Peaceful Daybreak over Biscayne Bay near KEY BISCAYNE's Cape Florida State Park

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Yvon, It is websites like yours that truely validiate the value of the www. Having documented historic acheivements at ones fingertips is great thing. Congratulations on your accomplishments and your conquering of adversity and thank you for your sharing of both.
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A truly inspirational story. Thanks for sharing.
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Great story, thanks for posting.
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Yvon, do currently you do any type of cycling and if so where?
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If you ever have the opportunity to ride in the Orlando area I sure would consider it a honor and a pleasure to ride with you. We are about the same age and I try to ride about 6500 miles per year and every mile of it is fun for me. Enjoy your time in Europe.
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If you ever have the opportunity to ride in the Orlando area I sure would consider it a honor and a pleasure to ride with you. We are about the same age and I try to ride about 6500 miles per year and every mile of it is fun for me. Enjoy your time in Europe.
THANKS, Jim, for the compliment. For sure, it would be nice to ride with you... sometime in the future. Let's see if we can arrange something upon my return. As to riding in your area, I did, over the years, ride and race several times in the Clermont-Ferndale-Mt. Dora area. Nice place for bike riding. Again, ride safe.

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IMAGE OF THE PAST (July 9, 1981):
Shaking hands with Don Ward (skipper of support vessel Wardi) instants before landing on Dania-Beach
... after riding from the Bahamas to Florida ; a 63-mile or 102 km journey across the Gulf-Stream.

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Ocean35, thank you for posting this. I had forgotten about aqua-cycling but the photos wakened those memories. I was living in Scotland when Yvon rode Cherbourg-Poole and remember reading about the accomplishment in the press. What a visionary!

But, it leaves me wondering/curious just what is the current state of cycling on water...??? I'd like to see more on this.

Thanks again.
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Ocean35, thank you for posting this. I had forgotten about aqua-cycling but the photos wakened those memories. I was living in Scotland when Yvon rode Cherbourg-Poole and remember reading about the accomplishment in the press. What a visionary!

But, it leaves me wondering/curious just what is the current state of cycling on water...??? I'd like to see more on this.

Thanks again.
Good question, "Old". Read what I said on this subject during my "2010 BikeHacks interview (*)":

Are you aware of any efforts by others to duplicate your crossings and break your records?

No, I am not aware of anyone actually planning to repeat my journeys of 1981 [Crossing Bahamas-Florida (from Cat Cay to Dania Beach)] and 1985 [Crossing of the Western English Channel (from Cherbourg to Poole)]. There exist, in many parts of the world, some human-powered vehicle associations holding mainly speed contests and featuring also ongoing technological development for human-powered vehicles in the water, in the air and on land. However, regarding the water, these associations seem to seclude their efforts and contests on lakes alone, a fact which, in my judgment, is certainly not conducive to the promotion and advancement of the cause; these events being rarely given any serious media coverage.

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Thank you for posting this Ocean35. I was a typical self-absorbed twenty-something when you were doing these fantastic "rides". I didn't know anything about this until I saw this posting. Thanks for filling in a bit of my large hole of ignorance. You are a real visionary. My imagination is riding along new currents thanks to you.
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Did the boat you were following make it tougher or easier? My first thought is that you can draft it, but then it occurs to me that the wake might actually be a little harder to ride in because of the turbulence and that the water is being pushed backwards by the propellors.
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Thank you for posting this Ocean35. I was a typical self-absorbed twenty-something when you were doing these fantastic "rides". I didn't know anything about this until I saw this posting. Thanks for filling in a bit of my large hole of ignorance. You are a real visionary. My imagination is riding along new currents thanks to you.
Thanks, Mr. B, for your kinds words. Yet, don't put yourself down for not knowing earlier about this. In life, don't we all learn "something new" every day? So, don't worry... be happy! Thanks again and have a good cycling life.
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Did the boat you were following make it tougher or easier? My first thought is that you can draft it, but then it occurs to me that the wake might actually be a little harder to ride in because of the turbulence and that the water is being pushed backwards by the propellors.
Thanks, Arkansas, for stopping by again and coming up with such pertinent questions/comments. In answering you, I shall be brief & avoid being too technical about these broad subjects at hand:

1. The real purpose of having a boat (or boats) around during my trips was to assure exclusively my security, navigation and support at sea... and also, when dealing with the Western English Channel crossing, to comply with the French naval affairs department strict regulations & requirements... since we were going across the two heavily traveled shipping lanes at night.

2. There is no way you can draft a boat like you draft a vehicle (a truck is best) when riding on the road. On the road, you are dealing with a hard rolling surface and immediate vehicle proximity allows you to get a great “pull” and reach high speed quickly. Although totally crazy, we have all done that, isn't it?

3. At sea, it's much different. You are in a water environment and you must deal, among other things, with the draft/drag (= lower speed) of your watercraft, with the sea/weather conditions (force & direction of wind, swell, current, etc.), and also, if within your escort vessel wake, with the turbulence created by its propeller(s); turbulence which sometimes, depending on vessel size, compels you to stay back 20 to 30 yards from the boat stern. That said, and contrary to what you seem to think, you don't necessarily always “position” yourself and remain for hours in the wake of said vessel. In short, the existing sea and weather conditions,... and your riding technique as well, always dictate your actions. At times, you could even be riding several hundred yards away from assisting boat(s) and crew(s).

4. As an example, you may like the following pictures of me & TRITON which were shot from WARDI in the morning hours of JULY, 9, 1981, while we were crossing the GULF STREAM, coming from the BAHAMAS and going to FLORIDA.

THANKS AGAIN.




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Very cool. Dania Beach is in my neck of the woods, if we really had any woods down here to speak of

Thanks for the posting, I look forward to spending some time reading your website over the weekend.
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BACK TO THE PAST
2 special cycling moments... 27 years apart

Left: January 26, 1958: Winning a major road race in North Africa
Right: September 10, 1985: Clinching a Guinness World Record on water [crossing Western English Channel]


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BACK TO THE 1980s: Training on Biscayne Bay off Miami & Key Biscayne
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