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What Is Paris Brest Paris?

Paris Brest Paris is the central event in the sport of randonneur cycling. It was first run in 1891 as a 1200 km race, but has become a mass participation amateur brevet or randonnée open to all cyclists who can complete a 200, 300, 400, 600 km brevet series. It is held every four years, most recently in August 2011 - there were 5004 starters, and 4062 finishers.

Since 1931 Audax Club Parisien has organized the randonneur PBP (which ran alongside the PBP race in 1931, 1948, and 1951.) There is also another version of Paris Brest Paris - the 'audax' PBP organized by the Union des Audax Français - which I don't deal with much on these pages. [Eric Fergusson]

A brief overview: Sleepless en Paris ...et Normandie ...et Bretagne (1999) by Eric Fergusson
An informative history: A Short History of Paris-Brest-Paris (1999) by Bill Bryant

 

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