Paris-Brest-Paris Audax: 2-6 July 2016

If you missed PBP or can’t wait to do it again, there is another PBP. This one will be held in 2016, over Independence Day weekend. This “other” PBP is the Audax version, in which riders start, ride, and finish together under the direction of a route captain who sets a common pace (22.5km/hr).  The stops and their duration are preordained (and meals, overnight accommodations at the controls, and a drop bag are included in the entry fee). 

Although many years ago there was a small group in New York that briefly organized audax rides and a few Americans have done PBP-Audax in the past, this common-pace style of randonneuring is largely unknown here in the United States.  Our rides are allure-libre — free-paced — events where riders can ride any pace and stop wherever and for however long they want so long as they respect the times that the controls are open and complete the event within the overall time limit.

You can find more information on PBP-Audax here (in French; use a web-based translator). The English-language registration form is here.

I just sent in my registration for PBP-Audax, which is the 16th running of that event. It’s held only every five years, so if you miss this one, your next chance will be in 2021 (the next PBP-Randonneur is in 2019). If you’re going (or thinking about it), contact me if you’re interested in coordinating travels and connecting beforehand.

There are, of course, no “easy” 1200s and this one presents a number of special challenges; I recommend due-diligence prior to plunking down your euros. The language and logistics are more significant than with PBP-randonneur and the common-pace style of riding is not for everyone. One would think that riding with a group is easier –drafting!  woo hoo! — but for those who are not used to it, it’s a lot of work to ride someone else’s — not your own — pace for even a short while, let alone for four days and 750 miles. Among the many attractions of the event is that the route is different than PBP-randonneur. The ride starts and ends in Montlhéry (south of Paris), and your 450km point is Saint-Brieuc, not Loudèac.
Perhaps I’ll see you in Montlhéry on this new adventure!
Paul Rozelle #2955
RBA, Central Florida Randonneurs
PBP ’07, ’11, & ’15