First run in 1891, the 1200-kilometer Paris-Brest-Paris, or "PBP" as it is
commonly called, is a grueling test of human endurance and cycling ability.
The event is organised every four years by the host Audax Club Parisien, the
Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneurs is the oldest bicycling event still run on a
regular basis on the open road. Beginning on the southern side of the French
capital, it travels west 600 kilometers to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic
Ocean and returns along the same route.
Today's randonneur cyclists, while no longer riding the primitive machines
used a hundred years ago over dirt roads or cobblestones, still have to face
up to rough weather, endless hills, and pedaling around the clock.
A 90-hour time limit ensures that only the hardiest randonneurs earn the
prestigious PBP finisher's medal and have their name entered into the
event's "Great Book" along with every other finisher going back to the very
The Awards ceremony will be held in January 2020 at Espace Charenton, 75012 PARIS
To become a PBP ancien (or ancienne for the ladies) is to join a very elite group of cyclists who have
successfully endured this mighty challenge. No longer a contest for professional racing cyclists (whose
entry is now forbidden), PBP evolved into a timed randonnee or brevet for hard-riding amateurs during
the middle part of the 20th century.
The next PBP will start on 18th August 2019
Audax Club Parisien (ACP) anticipate that there will be about 6,500 participants in 2019.
Qualifying / Registration
You will be among thousands of other riders from all over the world who want to participate in this
mythical event in order to join the long list of successful randonneurs who have contributed to the
legend of the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur.
All along the 1200 km of this route, you will measure the strength of your body and, above all, of your
mind. You may strive for a personal best or simply try to finish within the time limit; but you will
always keep at heart the goal to support each other and to enjoy the friendly camaraderie that
transforms this monument of endurance into an authentic Randonnee.
With correspondence within the Audax circles, hopefully we will be able to run 2 coaches. The coaches
will be located at the controls of Fougeres and Carhaix where you will be able to get access to your
supply bag (clean clothes, food supplements) even have a rest if the controls are busy and crowded.
Friday 16th August:
The coach will be an executive type coach, which means it will be equipped with the following facilities:
reclining seats, toilet, DVD player & drinks dispenser. The coach will have a box trailer for the safe
transport of your bike. Please note your bike must be in a bike bag / bike box.
We can collect at other service stations along the motoway network.
(Please contact us for details)
We will sail in the afternoon from Calais to Dover and arrive in St Quentin en Yvelines at approximately
19:00hrs where accommodation has been reserved for the event.
We have various types of accommodation and locations.
The hotel is only 500m from "National Velodrome" in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and you will find
plenty of resturants / cafes within walking distance.
The hotel has been renovated in February 2018 and is 8.5km from "National Velodrome" in
The hotel is only 1.25km from "National Velodrome" in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Saturday 17th August:
Assemble your bike and preperation for the event.
The 80hrs group or 90hrs group you will have to have your bike checked and sign on at the "National
Velodrome" in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and receive your personal documents. Riders will start in
waves of 300 every 15 minutes. In order to reduce the waiting time, riders will have to select an exact
start time at registration.
Sunday 18th August:
The 84hrs group will have to have their bike checked and sign on at the "National Velodrome" in
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and receive your personal documents. Riders will start in waves of 300 every
15 minutes. In order to reduce the waiting time, riders will have to select an exact start time at
16:00hrs Start time for less than 80hrs group
17:30hrs Start time for less than 90hrs group
Monday 19th August:
05:00hrs Start time for less than 84hrs group
Wednesday 21st August:
First riders will be arriving back
(Hotel accommodation has been booked,
but evening meal not included)
Thursday 22nd August:
Remainder of the riders will arrive.
The cut off time for 90hrs is 12:00hrs
The cut off time for 84hrs is 17:00hrs
In order to celebrate your achievement on completing the 19th Paris Brest Paris we have arranged a
special clebration dinner with champagne.
Friday 23rd August:
After a relaxing breakfast, you will have a chance to exchange your experiences with your fellow
randonneurs in the relaxing surroundings of the hotel.
Early afternoon we will drive to Calais taking an afternoon sailing with P&O ferries, Calais to Dover.
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