We lost one of our D.C. Randonneurs’ members last week. Thai Pham, a fellow randonneur, died while riding in last week’s Paris Brest Paris. Continue reading “Saying Good-Bye to Thai”
Hard to believe that last week at this time I was still riding my bike through the French countryside on Paris Brest Paris. Where does the time go, ha!
Finally, after a canceled flight to Dulles that required a re-route and a mighty drive from Boston (in a tropical storm, no less) I have had a chance to get my photos of the 2011 Paris Brest Paris up on flickr.
More posts about the ride itself are in the works, but in the meantime I hope you will enjoy a vicarious visual journey of this amazing ride. Just click on the photo to be taken to the corresponding set. Thanks to all who rode with us and made PBP one of the most spectacular rides in which I’ve ever participated. Continue reading “My PBP 2011 Photos”
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”
If you’ve been following this blog (or another fine blog I know called Chasing Mailboxes) you’ll know that PBP training is in high gear. Randonneurs across the country, including Felkerino and me, have been heading out regularly to put in miles for the main event. It’s been a fun summer of riding our brains out.
This past weekend our friend Lane, Felkerino, and I packed on the miles. Saturday we traversed 176 miles and Sunday’s total came out to 146, for a total of 322 miles over the two days. This is Felkerino’s and my final big ride before PBP next month. Continue reading “Paris-Brest-Paris Training”