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Ever since the bicycle was invented over one hundred years ago, there are cycling competitions. The Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Brest-Paris - all these races are legendary. The idea behind it has never changed: using a vehicle that is only powerd my muscular strength, people try to get from A to B as fast as possible. Endurance, precession, skillfulness, attention, tactics, respect and much more is needed.

 

Today classic cycling races are being honored more than ever before. This new trend gives bike aficionados the opportunity to experience original routs first-hand. Over the last couple of years another trend has been evolving: using historic racing bicycles with steel frames and downtube shifters, the cyclists in woolen tricots honor past cycling-ages in a classy fashion.

 

In times of carbon fibre, the steel frame is experiencing a revival.

 

„L’Erojca“ proves the fact that bike enthusiasts love classic racing bicycles. Every year thousands of people come to the small Tuscan village Gaiole in the Chianti region, to race the historic „Erojca“ track on unique „strade bianchi“ (Tuscan gravel roads). People from as far as Australia, Japan and the US join this special race. L’Eroica has become iconic and is a must for the vintage scene.

 

We also want to spark this fire in the Austrian Weinviertel, one of the most renown wine areas of central Europe, a landscape of Tuscany beauty!

On 16 June 2013, 291 cyclists from 14 nations took off for the first time on a tour on classic road racing bikes in the tradition of the Italian classics, "l‘ Eroica". Positive feedback from the IN VELO VERITAS 2013 spurned us on to further develop this demanding and yet highly sociable cycling event in Weinviertel.

 

During the 19th and 20th century a vivid bike manufacturing culture was established in Austria. Major developments of frame- and bike construction originate from here. Therefore is it also our aim to follow these drifts and provide a platform for iconic Austrian brands such as PUCH, KTM, RIH or SELECT at IN VELO VERITAS.

 

On Sunday, June 15, 2014 IN VELO VERITAS will be taken on.

On this day Weinviertel will once again become the hub of the cycling world and a meeting point for classic road cyclists! The classic road racing bikes and their young passionate fans - or those still young at heart - are the focal point of the event.

 

Randonneur

Managing long distances (from 200 km up) with athletic speed, few breaks and as self sufficient as possible, defines the long-distance cyclist “Randonneur”.

 

These long-distance tours have established an independent bike culture. Where racing cyclists have always been covering long distances in high speed, the main aim of a long-distance cyclist is to cover extremely long distances in one go. The first Randonnée Paris-Brest-Paris in 1891 drew much public attention. Ever since then, the long-distance cycling scene has been using the term Randonnée. As a consequence, the cyclists call themselves Randonneurs, meaning „hikers on a bike“.

 

Contrary to a racing cyclist, a Randonneur does not focus on competition. It is much more about the physical and psychological challenges. Randonneurs can be found all over the world and they are not a commercial coalition with any economic aims. That is why they abstain from sponsorships of any kind. The organized long-distance tours are called Brevets.

 

Meassured by its distance, IN VELO VERITAS is a little too short, to be called a Randonnée. Yet, the tour through the Weinviertel is in the tradition of a classic long-distance tour, especially when taking into account its philosophy.

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