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"Wheels are coming off the Swiss Bike Regiment" ...(3 posts)

"Wheels are coming off the Swiss Bike Regiment" ...Breck
Mar 14, 2001 6:07 PM
Gleaned from the Feb 28th, 2001 article in the Daily Telegraph, London, England ... by Fiona Fleck in Geneva. To paraphrase and shorten the the article ...

"... Wheels are coming off the Swiss Bike Regiment based in Romont in the the foot hills of the Alps. After nearly a century of service Switzerland's 3,000 elite bicycle troops, an integral part of the army's combat forces, may be phased out by 2003 same as the flocks of carrier pigeons went in the '70's.

The bike troops are/(were) trained to flank tanks like infantry and guard the valleys from Lake Geneva on the French border to Lake Constance on the border with Germany and Australia.

Recruits ride specially designed mountain bikes with seven gears and hydraulic brakes. They ride 120 miles a day thru the mountains and forests on their hard frame bikes that can carry bazookas, mortars, machine guns and other weaponry ..."

Well that's the gist of it. Hmmm, mebee we can get a hold of sum of the bazookas for the cars try and run us down ??

re: "Wheels are coming off the Swiss Bike Regiment" ...Roger in PA
Mar 15, 2001 4:14 AM
I think you mean Austria, not Australia.
the millitary is becoming more unromanticishmael
Apr 24, 2001 7:04 PM
that would be fun to get paid riding around in the woods, probably get in great shape..i wonder if they wore helmets for crashes or bullets..