International Veteran Cycling Association
The International Veteran Cycle Association (IVCA) promotes interest in the history of cycling. Its principal activity is the organisation of annual rallies, a different country hosting a programme for members each year.
History and objectives
The first International Rally of this series was held from Belton House, near Grantham, England on 23 August 1981. The series were the idea of two dedicated Veteran Cycle Enthusiasts and Cycle Museum Curators, Gerard Buissett of France and Ray Fixter of England. At the sixth annual rally in 1986, the Association ( IVCA ) was formed at Lincoln, England on 26 May. It brought together those interested in early bicycles from a number of countries.
The basic objectives of the association are:
- to encourage activities in man-powered velocipede vehicles;
- to support relevant historical research in liaison with clubs and museums;
- to arrange rallies and meetings promoting interest in early bicycles including an annual International Veteran Cycle Rally.
Countries that have previously held the yearly event are:
- 1981 England: Grantham.
- 1982 France: Ulis, Paris.
- 1983 England: Rothley, Leicestershire.
- 1984 England: Harlow, Essex.
- 1985 Netherlands: Valkenswaard &
- 1985 Switzerland: Lucerne.
- Due to breakdown in communications, two Rallies were held in 1985.
- At the Swiss event the foundation/constitution of the IVCA was discussed.
- 1986 England: Lincoln.
- 1987 Netherlands: Nijmegen.
- 1988 France: Blois.
- 1989 Switzerland: Lenk.
- 1990 Scotland: Dumfries.
- 1991 USA: Ohio. (Euro Rally Germany, Hanover)
- 1992 Belgium, Ghent.
- 1993 Czech Republic, Prague.
- 1994 England, Peterborough.
- 1995 Netherlands, Haarlem.
- 1996 Germany, Wiesbaden.
- 1997 Switzerland, Appenzell.
- 1998 Austria, Zwettl.
- 1999 France, Blois.
- 2000 USA, Maryland.
- 2001 Czech Republic, Brno.
- 2002 Belgium, Roeselare.
- 2003 Australia, various locations.
- 2004 Austria, Burgenland.
- 2005 Germany, Bad Brückenau.
- 2006 Canada, Waterloo
- 2007 Netherlands, Oirschot.
- 2008 England, Beaulieu.
- 2009 Switzerland, Neuchâtel.
- 2010 Denmark, Møn.
- 2011 France, La Ferte Imbault
- 2012 Belgium, Ghent
- 2013 Czech Republic, Veseli nad Moravu
- 2014 Hungary, Tiszakécske
- 2015 Sweden, Sölvesburg
- 2016 Russia, Moscow
- 2017 Germany Karlsruhe - to celebrate the 200th anniversary of von Drais invention
- 2018 Indonesia Bali