After a career in traditional cycle racing in the 1980's Yvon Le Caer turned to new goals on the open seas.
Sadly after his successes crossing the Florida Straight (Florida to the Bahamas, 1981) and the English Channel (1985) he was hit by a hit and run driver in Florida in 1986 permanently halting his cycling pursuits.
A great overview with some impressive press clippings here are on his site here. Yvon Le Caer
BTW, a great quote from his website.
"The world is a better place to live in because it
contains people who will give up ease and security
to do what they themselves believe worth doing.
They do the useless, brave, noble, the divinely foolish
and the very wisest things that are done by man.
And what they prove to themselves and to others is that man
is no mere creature of his habits, no mere automaton in his routine,
but that in the dust in which he is made, there is also fire
lighted now and then by great winds from the sky."
Quote [Author unknown] sent to Yvon by an American enthusiast
in the context of "Operation Gulf Stream."