Paris - 1987 (#11)
The 1987 paquette was again the biggest one to date. As in 1983 there is a four-colour cover, and two-colour printing in the body, but the colour switches from blue to brown. There is an increasing focus on international participation.
A frustrating feature of the '87 plaquette it that
the pages aren't numbered. On what would be page 79 there is
a chart showing 1987 brevet participation broken down by country
and distance - it's a good snap shot of randonneur cycling activity
world-wide. (Information of this sort was available in '79 and
'83 but this is the first time it is presented this clearly and
purposefully.) There is also an informative recidivistes (multiple
PBPers) entry on page 88, a feature that would become standard in future plaquettes. The ride was damp, and maybe this is one reason there aren't many good on-bike photos, and why a number of the photos used are gloomy and out of focus. Thanks to Dan McGuire and Harold Bridge who both gave me their plaquettes for this project..
PBP '87 - Vital Statistics:
Participants (Starters): 2587
A selection of Photos from the 1987 Plaquette (photo enlargements)
can be found in the PBP Photos Section elsewhere on this site.
The 1987 Plaquette:
(Click to enlarge)