International Veteran Cycle Association

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Participant in 2010 IVCA rally on Møn

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.[1]

History and objectives[edit]

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 who together invited fifty entrants from Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and the UK. All rode original machines manufactured on or before 1890, half of the entry rode 1860c Boneshakers. 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.

Annual rallies[edit]

Countries that have previously Hosted the yearly event are:

This event was originally to be Hosted by Belgium but due to an unfortunate accident to the Belgium organiser, Mr Wouters, a last minute arrangement was agreed to combine the International Rally with the UK National Rally.

Due to breakdown in communications, two Rallies were held in 1985.
At the Swiss event the foundation/constitution of the IVCA was discussed.

Future events[edit]