PBP 2019 Ride Reports and Stories

Ride reports have been popping up all over since the conclusion of Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) 2019. These stories come from various parts of the world, and I’ve been enjoying seeing the event from other riders’ perspectives. It also gives me an even better sense of how large PBP really is.

I’m going to use this page to aggregate the stories that I’ve found or that have been shared through various social outlets, and will add to this list as more reports are written.

For now, this is just a list of all the reports I’ve seen. No favorites or best of’s, just a straight-ahead compilation.

Felkerino and Bernard Le Bars on PBP

A+ to everyone who wrote something up – it’s quite a feat to attempt this big ride and then write and reflect about it.

There is also video, and it follows the ride stories.

Ride Reports

  1. PBP 2019: A Study in Sleepiness and Lesson on Relentless Forward Progress, Medium post by Kelley Wegang (We rode the final km of PBP with Kelley!)
  2. Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur 2019, The Diagonaliste
  3. The Fourth Time is a Charm? PBP 2019, 449 KM (San Francisco randonneur and RBA Rob Hawks, who we rode with a fair amount this year!)
  4. 19th Edition of Paris-Brest-Paris, L’Equipe Provence
  5. A Randonneur’s Dream-PBP 2019,RKARTHIKPRAKASH
  6. PBP and Beyond, Life from My Perch (A dramatic post-ride tale here, too.)
  7. A Love Letter to Paris-Brest-Paris, The Daily Randonneur (Had to include this guy’s report in the roundup!)
  8. PBP 2019: Sleep Stop Serenade (Decided to add my own post to this list!)
  9. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, MealyBar.co.uk
  10. Paris-Brest-Paris 1200K Race 2019, The Gasman
  11. 18-22 Aug: Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, CTC Cambridge
  12. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 – Never Give Up!, Stoychev Cycling (A fellow D.C. Randonneur, congrats Georgi!)
  13. Puducherry resident completes Paris-Brest-Paris race in maiden attempt, The Hindu
  14. PBP 2019, As I Saw It, Putting It Out There (Another D.C. Randonneur, congratulations Jack!)
  15. PBP 2019, Richard Bragg
  16. 1,200km in 87 hours with 7 hours of sleep — on a bicycle, CBC News
  17. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Ride Report by Martin Cooper, Randonneurs Ontario
  18. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, a Ride Report by John Cumming, Randonneurs Ontario
  19. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Ride Report by Charles Horslin, Randonneurs Ontario
  20. Paris-Brest-Paris on a Fixed Gear? Temple Cycles pre-ride interview with Eleanor, who became the third woman to finish PBP on a fixie (an exclusive group that also includes Emily O’Brien!).
  21. British cyclist becomes third woman ever to complete Paris-Brest-Paris on a fixie, road.cc
  22. Paris-Brest-Paris: 1200km bike ride for cake, Rory McCarron of Leigh Day
  23. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Dan’s Rando Adventures (Hi Dan! Sorry we missed seeing you at PBP!)
  24. Chris Ashford Completes the Paris-Brest-Paris Cycle Event, Tri Training Harder
  25. PBP 2019 – My Story, ET’s PBP
  26. 2019 Paris-Brest-Paris, Ryan Francesconi
  27. My First PBP: Best Laid Plans, Mike Hagen
  28. PBP 2019, Bob Goodison
  29. PBP 2019. A 1200km audax bike ride, monaxle: bike behind!
  30. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Expect Adventure
  31. My PBP Experience – Anne, PBP 2019 Blog
  32. My PBP Experience – Tony, PBP 2019 Blog
  33. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Tiff012 Cycling Adventures
  34. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Expect Adventure
  35. PBP: The Ride, Driftless Randonneur (Greg, I want this much sleep on PBP!)
  36. Vancouver woman sets record at prestigious French long-distance cycling event, Vancouver Sun
  37. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019: As it goes with second times, Ewoud Berlaint
  38. On the Final Day of PBP, Iron Rider
  39. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Veloblan
  40. Paris Brest Paris, 365 Days of Cycling
  41. Losing my PBP Virginity, colincanride
  42. PBP Ride Report, Charlie Martin
  43. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 Ride Report (on a fixed gear), Metin (Who we saw briefly on PBP, as he was also in the 84-hour group.)
  44. Paris Brest Paris: A Journey Through the Hills, Brendan Puli
  45. Paris Brest Paris 2019 – De Rambouillet à St Nicolas de Pelem, Le Blog de Brigitte
  46. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Pavel Klinov
  47. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Veloblan
  48. PBP 2019, GDelNerobiking
  49. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019: C’est Exactement ca et Rien d’Autre, Stefan Haehnel and Tom Bockshecker
  50. Beyond the jitters and through the bulge: my PBP 2019, Cycling Intelligence
  51. PBP 2019: PBP makes me cry (again), audaxery
  52. PBP 2019, James Thinks
  53. There and Back Again: Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Dark Noon Cycling Adventures
  54. PBP2019 selon Dominique, «mon premier (et dernier) Paris Brest Paris !», CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  55. PBP2019 selon Cherif, « … et soudain le silence total au milieu des arbres », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  56. PBP2019 selon Stéphane, « les enfants nous attendent pour nous taper dans la main », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  57. PBP2019 selon Jean-Luc, « un peu d’états d’âme et un brin de chronologie », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  58. PBP2019 selon Denis, « j’irai jusqu’à confondre des cyclo avec les zébra de la DDE! », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  59. PBP2019 selon Serge, « mon 2ème et très probablement le dernier », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  60. PBP2019 selon Paul, « je me suis endormi plusieurs fois sur le vélo », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  61. PBP2019 selon Bertrand, « revoir des amis cyclos », CycloTourisme de la Ville de Sceaux
  62. PBP 2019, Taggart Cycles
  63. Paris Brest Paris, Kent Valley Road Club
  64. 2019 Paris-Brest-Paris, tabula-raser.de
  65. Paris-Brest-Fougeres, mehadha!!!
  66. Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) 2019, A cycling experience to treasure a lifetime, Felix KA
  67. Paris Brest Paris 2019: I Came, I Saw, I am in Awe, Bhanu’s Adventures in Life
  68. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019, Deano_44
  69. Paris Brest Paris 2019, yorkbadger
  70. How to Cycle 1220 km Powered Only By Plants, Plant-Powered Pedaling
  71. Paris Brest Paris 2019. Part 1 of 5, The Wattmeister… make watts not war
  72. Paris-Brest-Paris, Hans Versmissen
  73. My Paris Ride, David Deakins
  74. The Final Chapter in My PBP Journey, Mawona Velo
  75. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019—A Haligonian’s Perspective, John Archibald
  76. It’s Supposed to Be Fun, Two Wheels Good
Roadside stop riding into Rambouillet on PBP

Roadside stop riding into Rambouillet on PBP

Video

    1. Paris-Brest-Paris, dans l’oeil de Bernard Le Bars, L’Equipe
    2. Velo Chat, Damon Peacock (who is assembling a nice set of videos about this edition of PBP). This particular video features our own Bill Russell who, after his interview, can be heard in the background talking about how he customized his velomobile.
    3. PBP 2019: People, human declinations at the 19th Paris-Brest-Paris, Nicoló CANEPARO (This is one of an engaging series of video about the event)
    4. CONCOURS DE MACHINES x Paris-Brest-Paris, Jeanne
    5. Paris Brest Paris 2019, Ryan Hamilton
    6. Paris-Brest-Paris on a Cruzbike Vendetta, Tor Hovland
    7. Paris-Brest-Paris (Parts 1-8), An Qiao Teh
    8. Paris Brest Paris 2019 – Why do you need to ride the Paris Brest Paris? Avanti Cycling
    9. Paris Brest Paris 2019, HERE I COME, Richard Lake (also a multi-video set of the event, and we are in this video at some point. “We’re gonna crush it!”)
    10. Paris Brest Paris 2019, Lane Coddington (Who we rode with quite a bit on last year’s Coulee Challenge 1200K… congrats Lane!)
    11. Paris Brest Paris 2019, Ara Kanta
    12. Paris Brest Paris Short Video with music, George Paragalas
    13. Paris Brest Paris 2019, Stoychev Ultracycling
    14. I am proud of myself for PBP 2019, Jerry Chen
    15. Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 in 4 minutes, Jamal Rahman
    16. Paris-Brest-Paris passage à Brest, Noel Boulch
    17. Paris-Brest-Paris: le point d’étape à Tinténiac, France 3 Bretagne

Have a ride report or video to add here? Please let me know!

14 replies

  1. Just read Kelley’s report and it’s just amazing.
    Only ever been that tired once before and I was travelling by motorcycle and that required far less energy than riding a bicycle.
    Given I am going to read them all over the next few days it might be easier to summarise my thoughts here by saying I have the upmost respect for all those that enter the PBP and whether you finish or not your all winners in my eyes. As much as I would like to do it I know that I could not even qualify to do it so as I have said much respect to all of you than can.

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    • Thank you, Ted! I am so excited to read through the reports, too, and to check out some of the video people captured along the way. Thousands of unique experiences occurring on the very same bike ride. It’s fun to read about everyone’s ride.

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