It’s a Paris-Brest-Paris year

February 15th, 2007 Posted in Events

from the excellent Audax Australia website

Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) is a 1200km randonnee from Paris to Brest on the west coast of France and back to Paris. The event is the most prestigious on the global Audax calendar and is aspired to by thousands of particpants from all continents once every four years. Partcipants can choose from three maximum time limits: 80, 84 or 90 hours. The date or this year’s event is August 20-24

History

Sir Hubert OppermanPhoto: Back in 1931, PBP was run as a race, not a randonnee as it is today. That year, former Audax Australia patron Sir Hubert Opperman (‘Oppy’), won the event.

Qualifiying

To qualify, Australian riders must complete a Super Randonneur series (200km, 300km, 400km and 600km rides) within the southern hemisphere qualifying period (usually from 1 Nov in the year prior to PBP to 31 May in the year of PBP). During this period there are many rides to choose from in all regions of Australia. To register your intention to participate for the 2007 event, please contact pbp@audax.org.au..

The ACP have updated the web site for the 16th edition of the PBP. The pamphlet is can be downloaded from here as well. Be WARNED it is 2MB!

Rules for the ride were published by Audax Club Parisien (the organisers) on their PBP 2003 site under the Reglements tab, or view an extract (in English) of the 2003 rules here.

Further Reading

There are literally hundreds of sites which carry stories and information on PBP. Search www.google.com.au for “Paris Brest” and you will see many results. Visit the organisers site www.audax-club-parisien.com, visit our links page for sites of other Audax clubs worldwide, or view the reports which have been published in the clubs magazine, Checkpoint.