Aug 15 2007

Paris-Brest-Paris 2007

Published by at 5:59 pm under Paris-Brest-Paris 2007

Less than a week left for Paris-Brest-Paris 2007!

For those who do not know, PBP is a non-competitive cycle race where you have up to 90h to complete 1200km from Paris to Brest and back. The race is over 100 years old and happens every 4 years. To enter the race you need to complete 4 rides in the months prior to PBP: 200, 300, 400 and 600km.

Over the last 12 months I had been hesitating to enter the race. Even after having qualified with the successful completion of the Bryan Chapman 600km (Chepstow to Bangor and back), it took me more than a month to decide to send my PBP entry form just a few days before the cut-off date.

Some people keep doing long rides after qualifying but I am too lazy for this so I went on a cycle touring holiday in Norway in June instead and just did the usual cycle commuting and the odd club run. I hope I won’t regret this next week!

I still wonder which bike I should use.
I did all the qualifiers on my geared titanium bike (Airborne Carpe Diem) but I am tempted to do PBP on fixed instead. I ride a fixie (a simple Fuji track) mostly for commuting and sometimes longer rides but I’ve never ridden it for more than 300km in one go. The appeal of riding fixed for me is mostly the simplicity of the bike, and for a long ride like PBP it’s important to have a reliable machine! I’ve also read that PBP is well-suited for fixed gears as there are no killer hills and it’s apparently mostly “rolling terrain”. I shall think about it more…

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