Author Topic: Dutch brevets in 2018  (Read 7873 times)

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #100 on: July 06, 2018, 10:59:26 pm »
In many respects Dutch laws only stipulates that it has to work and at the maximum a certain output (a bell must be audible at a certain distance). How you achieve this is up to you.

And the police tend to be pretty pragmatic about such things. If you crash into someone and it turns out you don't have a bell, you may have issues. But the chances of you being stopped to check if you are just cycling along are very slim. Especially outside of the return to school/uni season in the autumn. Then they start doing spot checks for everyone to make sure you have lights, reflectors, etc...

If you do get stopped tho, don't what ever you do try to claim you're in the right, take your fine and get on the road. I can guarantee your bike won't comply with the full letter of the Dutch law (I read the bits about bikes recently, in full (don't ask), and there is barely a complaint bike in the country). But unless they are actively looking to pin you for something (say you pissed them off), as long as you have something that gives off a white light at the front, and a red light at the rear, noone will care.

J
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #101 on: July 11, 2018, 08:17:48 pm »
It's the Mcdonald's control at 180km that I'm looking forward to most! ;D

One more question - I know you have to have a bell in Holland. Is it acceptable to have one on your saddle rails? My handlebars are very busy with computers, lights, tri bars and bags so thought this might be a good way of obeying the law without cluttering my cockpit with even more junk.

You'll be pleased to know CP4 in the McDonald's has been replaced with a ferry instead, as there is construction work in Alkmaar. Check the latest version of the route.

J
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #102 on: July 11, 2018, 10:08:47 pm »

You'll be pleased to know CP4 in the McDonald's has been replaced with a ferry instead, as there is construction work in Alkmaar. Check the latest version of the route.

Oh, be aware the new ferry they've added costs €1.20 for cyclists. Don't forget to bring some coins!

J

Edit: Just noticed that info is on the web page for the ride, but was not included in the email we got (Hence me posting).
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Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #103 on: July 12, 2018, 12:20:58 am »
Ah yes I got the email too.

Bit of a faff as will need to re-edit my GPX to include the new route and the info controls (I always mark them on the GPX using Garmin Connect, so the device will show how many km remaining until the next point), but that's what work lunchtimes are for!

I'll be easily spotted, I wear a hat with ice creams on it.

A little disappointed that I'll miss out on 2x chicken mayo burgers and 20 nuggets though!

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #104 on: July 12, 2018, 09:46:22 am »
Ah yes I got the email too.

Bit of a faff as will need to re-edit my GPX to include the new route and the info controls (I always mark them on the GPX using Garmin Connect, so the device will show how many km remaining until the next point), but that's what work lunchtimes are for!

I'll be easily spotted, I wear a hat with ice creams on it.

A little disappointed that I'll miss out on 2x chicken mayo burgers and 20 nuggets though!

The gpx i got has poi's for the controls already in there. My Wahoo seems to cope with them ok.

J
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Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #105 on: July 12, 2018, 12:41:37 pm »
How annoying, I'm using a Garmin 810 and the POIs don't seem to be showing up when the GPX is imported to Garmin connect. I'll have to manually re enter them.

Only reason I've got a Garmin is I found one going cheap on facebook, a Wahoo would be preferable from what I can gather.

Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #106 on: July 12, 2018, 01:22:35 pm »
Also am I right in thinking a "Foto Controle" means you take a photo of a landmark/monument on your phone? Can't imagine this catching on in AUK any time soon!

quixoticgeek

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Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #107 on: July 12, 2018, 03:19:35 pm »
Also am I right in thinking a "Foto Controle" means you take a photo of a landmark/monument on your phone? Can't imagine this catching on in AUK any time soon!

Believe so. It's new to me too.

J
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LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #108 on: July 12, 2018, 03:36:52 pm »
Israel Randonneurs have used photos from their first brevets.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #109 on: July 12, 2018, 10:58:13 pm »
Also am I right in thinking a "Foto Controle" means you take a photo of a landmark/monument on your phone? Can't imagine this catching on in AUK any time soon!

That's it indeed. It's quite popular for French events too. A photo can also be on a camera. Preferably something wich you can show the organiser at the finish.

Re: Dutch brevets in 2018
« Reply #110 on: July 13, 2018, 10:17:29 am »
There's another interesting Dutch brevet this summer, a 1000km starting on the 2nd of august. The route has some lumpy sections but also long sections along river valleys so you can catch up time. It's an x rated 1000 but there are enough hotels of various pricelevels along the route.

The track is already available: https://randonneurs.nl/event/brm-1000-maastricht-nl-rondom-luxemburg/