An Amazing ride through the French countryside
This note is about my personal experience of the Paris Brest Paris 2011 Super Randonneur event held every four years in France. A 1230km ride to celebrate the capabilities of the bicycle. It is my attempt to document what I experienced in order to assist me and perhaps others in planning future events. Warning! It contains a lot of “I” in it and has an obsession with food! – Nigel Grey September 2011.
This is a must read for any first timer
This comprehensive piece covers everything from qualifying for the event, getting to the start, the ride itself – the good and bad times; and a whole range of tips for others – what to take along, what would make your life easier next time, a strategy, some history, and a piece on handlebar/cyclists palsy.
Download it now → Paris Brest Paris 2011 final 21052012
This is what some of our local guys have to say:
After a 600km Audax, the definition of what is possible in one’s entire life is substantially redefined. – Edward Thomlinson.
Eat the elephant bit by bit. From control point to control point. And never, ever give up. – Frans Hansen.
Not anyone can do this. You’ll get to a point whether you’re not sure you can continue. Ignore those thoughts and carry on. It’s all in the mind. Once you know this, it’s easy. – Nico Coetzee.
Get enough sleep. Take it easy. Don’t start too fast. Eat enough. Hydrate continuously. Chat to others. Obey the rules. Be visible. Stay safe. And enjoy the ride. – Everyone.
Eat. Eat. Eat. And drink a lot. I have learned what I’m made of – when the bonk is on and there is a long way to go. – Lafras Heron.
On the longer routes; and on the shorter ones too: start slowly and then ease up and don’t fight the hills, they’re bigger than you! Finishing is the criterion for success. – Eddie.
Pain passes; quitting is for ever. – Socrates