After months of prep, PBP 2011 is now in the books and so are Felkerino and me, successfully completing the adventure in about 81.5 hours. Continue reading It’s official. Finished PBP
80 and 90 hour riders began to a warm and sunny send-off. The energy from the riders and the event enveloped this suburban town.
Festive, excited, nervous, twitching with anticipation… The start was amazing. I have never seen an international cycling event like this. Unforgettable!
One of the riders told me yesterday, “PBP is a chronic drug.” Not sure about that, but it sure is a thrill so far.
Our own journey starts in a few hours. Continue reading PBP… the Riders are Off!!!
Today was our day for the 84-hour bike inspection and it went just the way we like it… uneventfully. We’re now checked in and ready to roll tomorrow morning.
The gymnasium was much more low key this morning, in part because we went early and also because all the 80- and 90-hour riders inspected yesterday. Continue reading PBP Bike Inspection: Day 2!
Excitement is reaching a fever pitch here, as the 90- and 80-hour riders gathered up their bikes, vests, and lights for official inspection. Felkerino and I went over to be part of the action, even though we inspect tomorrow.
Check-in was teeming with randonneurs. How cool this event is, attracting riders from all over the world. I loved looking at all the country jerseys and seeing the bikes people chose for the event. I even saw my first Rene Herse, woo, as well as other intriguing bikes and bags.
My little cam cannot do most of these things justice, but I am throwing in a few pics anyway. Enjoy! Continue reading PBP bike inspection: Day 1
Another sublime day on the bike. Today Felkerino planned a group ride to Chartres, a 77 mile round trip over gentle rolling terrain.
Our outing included randonneurs from D.C, Seattle, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Chicago. It was another great day to be a bike rider and I am still just over the moon about our lovely ride. Continue reading Randonneur Group Ride… to Chartres
Today Felkerino and I went out to test our bike assembly and turn a bolt or two.
Our test ride took us out of the Paris suburbs and through the Rambouillet Forest to the town of Rambouillet, about a 20-mile ride from our hotel one way.
Having never been to France, let alone PBP, before I reveled in every pedal stroke of this ride. Passing through the French countryside past old towns and into the lush Rambouillet forest was a thrill. Continue reading PBP Shakedown ride… To Rambouillet!
A big first day, spent jet-lagged and with the main activity being bile assembly. Felkerino and I also had a great time talking with randonneur friends old and new.
Here is a quick summary of the day in pics. Continue reading Arriving in France for PBP
Hi, everybody! Did you get out this weekend? If so, I hope you hydrated! It was toasty out there.
Felkerino and I completed our final big weekend of training before we take on Paris-Brest-Paris next month. 176 miles on Saturday, and 146 on Sunday. Those miles don’t hold a candle to what we’ll ride on PBP, but I think they’re a good start. I’ve posted a ride summary over at The Daily Randonneur so click here and check it out! Oh, and HERE you will find my photo set.