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Idea

Ever since the bicycle was invented over one hundred years ago, there have been cycling competitions. The Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Brest-Paris - all these races are legendary. The idea behind all of them has never changed: using a vehicle that is only powerd by muscular strength, competitors trying to get from A to B as fast as possible. Endurance, precession, skillfulness, attention, tactics, respect and many more skills are needed for this challenge.

 

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

 

Today classic cycling races are being honored more than ever before. This new trend enables bike aficionados to experience the original routes first-hand. Over the last couple of years we've seen another trend evolving: cyclists in wool jerseys on vintage racing bicycles with steel frames and downtube shifters, honoring past cycling-ages in a classy fashion.

 

"L'Eroica" in Tuscany proves the fact that bike enthusiasts love vintage racing bicycles. Every year thousands of people come to the small Tuscan village Gaiole in the Chianti region, to race the historic "Eroica" track on unique "strade bianchi" (Tuscan gravel roads). People from all parts of the world are coming together to join this special race. We also want to spark this vintage fire in the Austrian Weinviertel, one of most famous wine areas of central Europe, a landscape of Tuscany beauty!

But it's not only the countryside that qualifies Austria for a vintage bike event. 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.

Positive feedback from the IN VELO VERITAS 2013 and 2014 drives us to organize a physicaly demandin yet highly sociable cycling event in the Weinviertel.

 

Randonneur

Managing long distances (from 200 km upwards) with athletic speed, only a couple of breaks and as self sufficient as possible is waht defines the long-distance cyclist called the 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 was gaining a lot of public attention. Ever since , 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 isn't focused 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. Organized long-distance tours are called Brevets.

 

Measured by its distance, IN VELO VERITAS is a little too short, to be called a Randonnée. Nevertheless the tour through the Weinviertel is in the tradition of a classic long-distance tour sharing the same philosophy.

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