Preface By PETER ELAND, Editor & Publisher VELO VISION MAGAZINE
[VELO VISION MAGAZINE, Issue 34, June 2009]
2009: Yvon Le Caer tells us briefly about his personal background...
"Born from French parents, I was raised in France and North Africa, as my father held a position with the French Public Works in Morocco which was under French rule then. Married to Andrea in 1961, we moved to the United States in 1965 and after a year in Atlanta, settled down in Miami. We became United States Citizens in 1973 and, for over 40 years, I have pursued a professional career in the field of civil engineering."
Now, he tells us about his cycling past...
“Looking back, I believe that my life-long commitment and dedication to the sport of cycling resulted into a rewarding racing career, as I successfully competed for many of my younger years in major European races, riding then with the best professional cyclists. Later and closer to home, I won many road and time trial events in Florida and several gold medals in State Championships as well; that said, I also often raced in Canada and participated several times to the United States Championships and Master Worlds in Austria.
In the 1980s, I switched my cycling activities to the open seas, not only to face new athletic and technical challenges, but also to realize an old dream of mine and, by the same token, validate also cycling on water.
After crossing, on July 9, 1981, the Florida Strait/Gulf Stream from Cat Cay in the Bahamas to Dania Beach on the East coast of Florida [a 62-mile/100-km journey], I became, on September 10, 1985, the first cyclist to “pedal” the Westernmost English Channel from Cherbourg at the tip of the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy, to Poole on the Dorsetshire coast of England; a 92-mile/148-km journey riding AquaCycle, a pedal seacraft of my own design which I built for that purpose alone and which best portrayed a cyclist riding on water.
However, on August 30, 1986, a tragic training accident – I was badly struck by a hit-and-run driver – on the road from Miami to Key Biscayne in Florida, abruptly marked the end of all my cycling activities, and caused as well the collapse of all plans I had at this time, and other hopes I was still nourishing.”
- Recipient of "President Reagan’s personal commendation" [Nov 21, 1985]
- Awarded the “Médaille de la ville de Cherbourg” [Sept 12, 1985]
- Named “Honorary Citizen" of the town of Cherbourg [Sept 30, 1985]
- 1985 Crossing of the Western English Channel was sanctioned as a "Guinness World Record".
CHALLENGER OF LIMITS by Tom Archdeacon
THE MIAMI NEWS - Saturday, August 2, 1986
A FEW RECENT WEB PAGES WHICH MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO READERS
Tubulocity.com: The Ocean Cycling World of Yvon Le Caer
Explore - Compete - Live:
Cyclorama.net: The Amazing Ocean-Going World of Yvon Le Caer
Bike Hacks interview: Aqua (Cycle) Man: Yvon Le Caer
RunnerForChrist.wordpress: Challenger of Limits !
Urban Velo: Yvon Le Caer's Aquacycle Program, 1978-86
CyclingInfo.co.uk: Cycling Across Water - Yvon Le Caer
AAKPPA.free.fr (France): 40 vintage bicycle racing photos/documents