[OM] Nathan's PAD 28/4/2018: a brevet in central Jutland

Subject: [OM] Nathan's PAD 28/4/2018: a brevet in central Jutland
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2018 07:43:24 +0200
A brevet is a type of long-distance cycling event, where the goal is not to 
finish first but to complete the route within the allotted time (including the 
intermediate controls). On Saturday, Lars and I had signed up for a 200 km 
brevet in central Jutland, with start and finish in the town of Herning. 
Earlier in the week, the weather forecasters promised dry weather that day, but 
on Friday they changed their mind and the forecast was now for rain in the 
afternoon. And so it proved. Eight images follow.

Herning is about 90 km from Aarhus (where Lars lives), so had to get an early 
start to be at the starting point for the 7 a.m. start:

The participants receive last-minute instructions and encouragement from the 

There were four control points along the route, places where we had to get our 
route card (brevet) stamped to prove that we were there. The first of these 
control points was a bakery in the town of Brande, after 31 km:

During the morning the cycling was easy and pleasant. The route was pretty 
flat, there was only a bit of wind, and the weather was dry:

The third control was at 99 km in the town of Videbæk, which had some kind of 
street fair going on, so we had a bit of entertainment while eating the usual 
pastries from the bakery where we had our cards stamped (in this case, the 
choice of where to stamp the cards was ours to make, but a bakery was always 
our preferred option):

As promised by the weather people, at about 1 p.m. the weather turned nasty. 
The wind picked up, the temperature fell, and it started raining. So when we 
stopped at the fourth control point in Ulfborg, after 135 km, the priority was 
to get something warm on board:

There was another control at 159 km, but at that point I was so cold and wet 
that I was in no mood to take any more pictures. We had a coffee and a hot dog 
and continued the ride. After 205 km, we were exhausted but satisfied. We had 
completed the course with more than 2 hours so spare, and the medal was the 
first tangible reward:

Further rewards came once we had driven home to Aarhus, put the bikes away and 
taken our showers:

This day was the centerpiece of my trip to Denmark—it combines cycling, 
friendship with Lars, being in my home town, and drinking good beer.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain
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