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Last week Paligap’s Managing Director David Lane took on the 19th Edition of the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur. A challenge that set off from the National Sheepfold within the park of Rambouillet’s castle along with 6,673 other riders.
- Start date: 18th August 2019
- Start location: Bergerie Nationale, Rambouillet, France
- Length: 1,200km
- Riders: 6,000+
A Brief History of Paris-Brest-Paris
Paris-Brest-Paris is a 1,200km self-supported ride from Paris, to Brest, and back again. The predecessor of the Tour de France first run back in 1891 with circa.200 riders.
The historic long-distance ride has grown to attract riders from around the world. This year the event boasted over 6,000 more riders each taking their chance to complete the most historic of long-distance rides.
It is one of the oldest cycling events still in existence today, and to most, it is the zenith of audax and randonneuring riding world.
THE Route & Checkpoints
|Outward Leg (Paris-Brest)||Return Leg (Brest-Paris)|
|Bergerie Nationale, Rambouillet (start)||Brest|
|Bergerie Nationale, Rambouillet (finish)|
A few words from David
“If you had told me a year ago, I would have ridden Paris Brest Paris plus a full Welsh Super Randonnée series I would have declared you are mad.
How did it all start? well my so-called friend & riding partner Johnathan Williams declared he had entered me for the annual 600km Bryan Chapman memorial event as a present for my 50th. “No way!” was my initial thought I cannot ride that far I have only ridden 2/3 300km events including my club (LVIS) Barry’s Jaeger Bomb. After having a word with myself and planning the next 8 months training rides & events the challenge began.
Along the way to getting to the final goal I rode many Audax events met some fantastic like-minded people and saw some particularly great countryside that both Wales & England has to offer.
Whenever I think back, I generally have a smile on my face, of course there were tough times riding in the winter and overnight on some events, but this was all banked for the BCM & eventually the PBP event’s.
I had a plan / strategy for the ride, and this involved ensuring I could sleep for a number of hours over for three nights after riding straight through the first night and a 28-hour stint in the saddle. For anyone who has ever ridden through the early hours there is always that point when you start seeing things and falling asleep in the saddle. Luckily with my strategy which worked to a tee I only experienced this on one night and wow did it ever hit me and the two ladies I was riding with Grace & Tash. The great thing about long distance cycling and your fellow riders, we all know we are going to go through this at some stage and we worked together playing a game to keep us awake.
My overriding impression of the event and my experience was this, the French love cycling, and all towns, villages and volunteers were a great help and support during some darker moments of the event, and this is something I will not forget. The roads, well whoever said Northern France is flat, not a chance. Rolling hills all the way to Brest and back apart from the first and last 50kms.
I plan to ride this event again in four years’ time!
Grace, Paris-Brest-Paris rider (https://www.graceqom.com) pictured above sporting the custom Alé Jersey.
This year’s Paris-Brest-Paris Jerseys were manufactured by Alé who design & manufacter custom cycling apparel for over 30 years including custom cycling kit for Team Axeon, Groupma FDJ, Bardiani CSF and their own ALÉ Cipollini Team no name a few.
You can find out more about Alé Cycling here: www.alecycling.com
The ALE shorts David rode were the Pro Race bib-shorts from the REV-1 2020 range. Other models include the Velocity HD Race bib-shorts & Agonista Plus bib-shorts.
Fancy joining Dave in 4 year’s time? Find out more about the event and how to enter here: http://www.paris-brest-paris.org/