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Action pic - ParisBrestParisthe flying bean
Oct 6, 2003 5:28 AM
Here's a familiar sight to all of this year's PBP ers. Actually, I wonder if it was something we ate?
re: Action pic - ParisBrestParisthe flying bean
Oct 6, 2003 5:31 AM
KTS: Kilometer Toxicity SyndromeDale Brigham
Oct 6, 2003 8:30 AM
Sadly, thousands of cyclists worldwide suffer needlessly from KTS (Kilometer Toxicity Syndrome). This plague is especially prevalent in France, reaching epidemic proportions every four years in central and western provinces. Stricken cyclists become unwitting victims by riding too much and joining in large group "raves" (often called randonees or brevets) with fellow addicts. Those afflicted cyclists depicted above are just a few of the tormented souls who need your help.

What are the symptoms to look out for? Here are the telltale signs:
1) Bikes with lights, bags, and numbers attached.
2) Maps and routesheets clipped to handlebars.
3) Aged cyclists (40 years or older), frequently sporting beards, helmet mirrors, and club jerseys.
4) A glazed, thousand-yard-stare appearance, with inability to focus on task at hand or remember simple facts (e.g., cyclist's own name).
5) Unusual bikes, not normally seen in polite company (i.e., recumbents, trikes, tandem recumbent trikes, etc.).

What can we do to stamp out KTS? Here are a few simple actions:
1) Limit rides to 4 hours or less. Any longer invites kilometer addiction and uncontrollable pedaling. If someone you are riding with tries to get you to extend a ride beyond 4 hours, refuse and explain the dangers of excessive riding.
2) Shun cyclists that talk about the joys and pleasures of long rides. These "pushers" just want to get you hooked on their addiction. Stay away from them!
3) Avoid the use of French words, particularly the KTS-related slang terms that the "pushers" use: brevet, randonneur, controle, bidet, and others. This "lingo" may sound cool and hip at first, but talking this way is the first step down the road to becoming an addict.
4) Speak out against excessive cycling and help those you know who are already "hooked." Support the addict, but strike a blow against their addiction. Remember, friends don't let friends ride brevets!

Please, if we all work together, we can stamp out KTS in our lifetimes.

Dale (a reformed brevet/randonee "addict")
I prefer the floor method to the head on table method.Lon Norder
Oct 6, 2003 9:20 AM
Although at Mortagne I was awaken prematurely when a woman accidentally dropped a baguette on my head.