For those new to it, the PBP process can seem overwhelming. Here it is, in a nutshell:
(1) You must qualify to ride PBP. Qualification means riding a complete ACP-sanctioned brevet series (called a Super Randonneur series) between October 31, 2014, and July 14, 2015. So, to qualify for PBP in 2015, you’ve got to ride a 200, 300, 400 and 600 in 2015. (No qualifying ACP brevets are scheduled in the Northern Hemisphere prior to January 1, 2015.) Nothing you do (or don’t do) in 2014 affects qualification for 2015. More information on qualifying for PBP can be found here.
(2) You may want to preregister for PBP, to ensure that you can attend. There will be a rider cap for PBP. Riders will be permitted to preregister for PBP based on the longest ACP brevet or RM (1200km or longer) ride completed from November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014 — i.e., this year (2014) for those riding in the Northern Hemisphere — up until the cap is reached. The preregistration process is just a way of establishing the priority or order of riders in signing up for the event. In the past, the cap has never been reached, and everyone who qualified for PBP and wanted to attend has been offered a place. Preregistration does not open until next year — 2015 — but it’s the longest ride that you do this year, in 2014, that matters for where your place in line is. The only thing that matters for preregistration is the longest ride. So, if you complete an ACP 1000K, but you don’t complete any other rides this year, you would still be in the highest priority for preregistration. Even if preregistered, you must still qualify to attend PBP. You can read more about the preregistration process here.
(3) You must register for PBP. Registration for PBP occurs later in 2015, after you complete at least 3 of your 4 qualifying brevets (see #1, above). Registration opens on June 6, 2015, and closes July 14, 2015. If you are preregistered, you must convert your preregistration to a registration by no later than June 24, 2015, or it will be cancelled. After June 24, anyone qualified may register (assuming that space remains) first-come, first-served, until July 14 or the cap is reached. More information about the registration process is located here.
For all of these steps – preregistration, qualification, and registration – permanents and other RUSA-only sanctioned randonnées and brevets do not count.