Velotour does not have a competitive character. Rather, it aims to stimulate fellowship and interaction with other participants and with the locale. Each participant is autonomous, that is, carries their own belongings and everything they need during the trip. The participants take their tools, their food and water, because there is no support car. The idea is really to make a trip autonomous.
Velotour is a new form of cycling tourism being proposed in Brazil by the Cycling Club. A Velotour is a great ride where people pedal autonomously and independently, but all leaving the same place and on the same date. The course can be a day or several days.
The structure is quite simple. Participants receive a worksheet and a Velotour credential to be completed along the pedal. There are no guides or monitors. But during the course of each day, there are about two or three control points (PCs), where the credential is stamped by a member of the Velotour team with the specific stamps (belonging to the Cycling Club).
At the end of the trip if the participant has passed all the PCs he receives a certificate that he completed the course (which is a special completion stamp and the signature of a Velotour official).
Participants do not necessarily need to form a group, as each can go at their own pace. At Velotour there is no support car to accompany and carry luggage. However, there may be a rescue car that passes once or twice a day, depending on the route, to collect cyclists who, due to mechanical problems, physical exhaustion or any other problem, can not complete the trip.
Cyclists who participate in the Velotour pedal at their own risk, complying with traffic laws and driving the bike safely, taking all the risks of pedaling on streets and roads.
The organization or municipalities are not responsible for accidents or other problems that may happen or provide medical assistance. It is therefore important that the participant has a health insurance policy.
There is no maximum number of participants. The only limiting factor is the local infrastructure, such as food and lodging. The participants themselves must arrange their reservations in advance in hotels.
Velotour is not restricted to athletes. While it is accessible, it also offers a good dose of challenge and adventure for those who are looking for activities close to nature.
Questions And Answers
Is There An Arrival Rating On Velotour?
No. There is also no timing of the participants. It’s not a race or a competitive event. In fact Velotour is a great celebration of the bicycle, both as a means of transportation, a healthy form of leisure and as a tool for interaction with the environment and with other people. The time of the course is only limited by the start and end times that usually go from dawn to sunset, and the participant manages his own pace.
Can I Put My Luggage In The Support Car?
No. The purpose of Velotour is precisely to create a real travel situation. So there is no support car and the participants carry their luggage. The rescue car will only pass at the end of the day.
Can Beginners Participate?
Velotour presupposes a certain fitness and experience with a bicycle, as there is no support structure or guides.
Can Minors Participate?
Only accompanied by parents or legal guardians, and with a written authorization assuming all responsibilities and exempting the organization of the same. It is not recommended for children under 12 years.
Do They All Receive The Certificate Of Completion?
All participants who complete the course by pedaling and have their credentials stamped on all PCs receive the completion stamp on the credential. Participants who do not walk all the way or are unable to complete the course receive a Participation stamp.Participants who disregard the Velotour rules lose the right to receive the stamps and the certificate. Participants who lose their credentials will not receive the stamps again.
What Should I Bring To Velotour?
The use of the cycling helmet is mandatory. Your bike should be in perfect condition, reviewed and tested to avoid problems during the Velotour, because mechanics or parts stores will be far away at the time of the problem. It is important to take: cycling gloves, sunglasses or protection, sunscreen, raincoat, basic repair tools, extra air camera, water for the whole day (at least 1.5 liters), food to consume during the day, it changes of clothes dry (plastic packed), reflective and lighthouse with extra piles (even being a daytime activity is always good to be forewarned).
What Type Of Bike Should I Use?
It is recommended to use a mountain bike with a light gear ratio to face the rises and with wide tires and blackheads for the dirt roads. For those who use a recumbent bike, the same recommendations apply to marches and tires.
Is Velotour A Type Of Audax?
No. Despite similar structure the objectives are quite different. The Velotour does not aim at overcoming limits, nor does it challenge high mileage. The idea is to make the most of the route with stops to get to know the places, the people, to take a bath of waterfall, etc.
How Do I Sign Up For Velotour?
The pre-registration is done through the website of the Cycling Club. Registration is done on the start date of Velotour with one hour in advance, bearing the document and signing the membership term. As there is no limit to the places for participation, the only limiting factor is the local hosting conditions that must be provided in advance by each participant.
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