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Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) is a 1200km randonnée from Paris to Brest on the west coast of France and back to Paris. PBP has become the most prestigious on the global randonneuring calendar and is aspired to by thousands of participants from all continents once every four years; the next PBP will be held on 16th August 2015. Click here to visit the official PBP website.

Alternatively, download the official PBP event flyer. Note this file is approximately 1.7MB, but is in English.

If you are thinking about going to PBP 2015 and would like to stay up to date with news about the event, preperation and qulification, subscribe to the club's email list to get the latest information about the event.

Paris Brest Paris 2015 Bulletins from Audax Australia

Past bulletins archived for your reference:

Past Event Reports

The club's magazine is a great source of information about all things Audax and especially Paris-Brest-Paris. The December 1995 edition is well worth a read, but if you have time to browse you might want to check out the magazine archive of Checkpoint back copies.

The Editions the Club Magazine in the summer following each PBP are mines of information about Australian experiences of PAP, as well as insights into the development of the club over 20 odd years. Check out the magzine archive. Look especially for Summer 2011-12, Summer 2007-08, Summer 2003-04, January 2000, December 1995, December 1991, and Aileen Martin's article about starting and finishing with a not fully healed broken pelvis, December 1987, p6.

 

Registration

The registration period begins on June 06 and ends on July 14, 2015. Registrations can only be made through the PBP Web site. You can register before having completed the qualifying brevets, but you need to provide the missing brevet certification numbers on or before July 14 or your registration will be cancelled. More about the registration process

 

Preregistration

Preregistration is open to all riders who successfully completed a BRM (or a RM1200 and +) from November 2013 to October 2014. With your preregistration, you will reserve a place for the PBP 2015, as far as there are enough available places. You will have to convert your preregistration to a final registration before June 23, 2015 at midnight (French time) to preserve your preregistration. More about the preregistration process

 

Australian Finishers List

In 1981 Frank Brandon, Russell Moore and Stephen Poole became the fist Australians to take part in PBP since Oppy won the event back in 1931. Over the years many more Austalians have made the trip to France. For some this has become a regular visit. In 2011 Audax life member Peter Moore sucesfully completed his sixth PBP to become the most frequent Australian participant at that time; in 2015 Jonathan Page became the second Australian to have completed six PBPs. Click here to see the complete list of Australian finishers

 

History of PBP

Since its inception in 1891 PBP has evolved from a race designed to promote  newspaper, to a must do event for armature randonneurs the world over. To learn more about the events rich history click here.

 

The Other PBP

Those familiar with the Audax Club Parisien Paris-Brest-Paris may have noticed that for PBP 2011, the event was rebranded PBP Randonneur. The reason for this change was its coincidence with the Union des Audax Français's PBP Audax. As distinct from free paced PBP Randonneur, the PBP Audax is a fixed pace group ride. The PBP Audax operates on a five year cycle as opposed to the four year cycle of PBP Randonneur. In 2011 Australians Nick Dale and David Minter successfully completed both versions of the event. The 20 year wait means that this could possibly be a once in a lifetime achievement. Click here to find out more about PBP Audax.

 

Other PBP Stories

Thanks and Gratitude, by Trevor King who completed PBP in 1999 with a broken pelvis

The Fifth Paris-Brest-Paris, an account of the 1931 race by Sir Hubert Opperman

 

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Like the Olympics, Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) is held once every four years and attracts the most aspiring athletes in their field. The next PBP will be held 18-22 August 2019. World-wide, keen randonneurs are preparing for this prestigious event.

Since its inception in 1891 as a race, PBP has evolved into the largest and most inspiring amateur randonnée in the world. Over four days, thousands of riders from around the world pedal 1200 kilometres through rolling French countryside and festive villages. Spectators line the route, cheering and supporting the riders to push themselves to finish within time.

The Official Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 brochure, is available on the Paris-Brest-Paris website.

The Paris-Brest-Paris website contains a huge amount of information and is the best source of accurate information about the event. 

Information for Audax Australia members

While PBP is an individual ride and achievement, it’s great to feel part of a team. Audax Australia members have access to a fabulous and highly desirable team jersey and other clothing, an organised bag drop, and co-ordinated team accommodation.

Members can subscribe to the 2019 PBP Newsletter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

American travel company, Travel Haus, is providing the bag drop service and team hotel for Australian team members. The Hôtel Restaurant Campanile in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has been designated as the Australian team hotel. You can book the hotel and bag drop service on the Travel Haus PBP website. Hotel bookings made through Travel Haus include bicycle and luggage storage facilities for the period of your stay and while you ride PBP.

How to enter: qualification and registration

Entry numbers have been limited for the 2019 PBP and all the available pre-registration places have been filled. ACP have advised that no further places will be made available for the 2019 edition.

Qualification

You need to qualify for PBP 2019 by riding a full Super Randonneur series of ACP brevets (200, 300, 400 and 600 km BRMs) between 1 November 2018 and 23 June 2019. There are no identified periods to complete specified lengths of brevet as there are in some countries. The brevets can be ridden in any order but must be BRM rides. For the purpose of PBP qualification, ACP allows applicants to use longer ACP sanctioned brevets to substitute for shorter ones. Australian BAs or Permanent rides are not acceptable.

Registration

Registrations can only be made through the PBP website between 25 May and 3 July 2019 with the homologation numbers of your qualifying brevets. You can register with only three of the four qualifying brevets completed, but you need to provide the missing brevet certification number on or before 3 July 2019 or your registration will be cancelled.

The registration fee is yet to be confirmed, but it will be around €120.

Riders will be sent off in waves of 300 every 15 minutes at the start time and start wave they selected during pre-registration. Start times are:

  • from 16:00 Sunday 18 August 2019 for an 80 hour time limit
  • from 17:30 Sunday 18 August 2019 for an 90 hour time limit
  • from 05:00 Monday 19 August 2019 for an 84 hour time limit

Getting to the start

The 2019 PBP will start and finish in Rambouillet for the first time. As accommodation is limited, most people will have to travel some distance to the start. Information on how to get to and from Rambouillet is on the PBP website.

Audax Australia Team Kit

The Australian PBP team kit can be purchased by logging into the Audax portal and selecting the PBP Merchandise tab. The ordering window closes on Tuesday 21 May and there will not be another opportunity to order the kit. The artwork that formed the basis for the PBP jersey and other kit items is an authentic Indigenous design especially created for Audax Australia by Lani Balzan, a leading indigenous artist. It will be a highly desirable swap item.

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Past PBP Reports

The club's magazine Checkpoint is a great source of information about all things Audax and especially Paris-Brest-Paris. The editions following each PBP share Australian experiences. Checking out the magazine archive also enables you to enjoy some insights into the development of the club over 30 years or more.

Read the account in December 1987 by Aileen Martin – first Aussie woman to ride PBP – about starting and finishing with a not fully healed broken pelvis; dip into December 1991 or December 1995 or January 2000.

For more contemporary accounts, try Issue 33 Spring 2007, Issue 34 Summer 2007-08, Issue 50 Summer 2011-12, and Issue 65 Spring 2015.

To learn more about the event’s rich history click here.

Australian Finishers

Since 1983 when Frank Brandon, Russell Moore and Stephen Poole became the first Australians to take part in PBP after Sir Hubert Opperman’s winning of the event in 1931, many Australian Audaxers have made the trip to France. For some, it’s a once-off. For others it’s another in a long series.

Two Australian male riders, Peter Moore (1991 to 2011) and Jonathan Page (1995 to 2015), have completed six PBPs. Two Australian female riders, Sue Taylor (1991 to 1995) and Rebecca Morton/Dove (2007 to 2015), have completed 3 PBPs. Jonathan and Rebecca are both lining up for the 2019 edition.

Click here to see the complete list of Australian finishers.

For something historic, “PBP Was My Greatest Triumph” by Sir Hubert “Oppy” Opperman, is an account of the 1931 race.

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Australian Finishers of Paris-Brest-Paris 1891-2015

Six Times Finisher

Five Times Finishers

Four Times Finishers

Three Times Finishers

Two Times Finishers

Single Time Finishers

 

Six Times Finishers

MOORE Peter (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
PAGE Jonathan (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

 

Five Times Finishers

DONNAN Peter (1991, 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015)
LAUGHER Timothy (1987, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2015)
RAWNSLEY Matthew (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
VESEL Steve (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007)

 

Four Times Finishers

CRIBB Paul (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)
MINTER David (1999, 2007, 2011, 2015)
PATERSON Leigh (1999, 2007, 2011, 2015)
POOLE Stephen (1983, 1987, 1991, 2015)

  

Three Times Finishers

ARMSWORTH Garry (2003, 2007, 2011)
BELLETTE Philip (1991, 1995, 1999)
DALE Nick (2007, 2011, 2015)
DIXON Peter (2003, 2007, 2011)
DOVE Howard (2007, 2011, 2015)
DUSINK Hans (1999, 2003, 2007)
GIDDINS Phil (1995, 1999, 2003)
HALTON Donald (1995, 1999, 2003)
HAMILTON Russel (2003, 2007, 2011)
HEAL Peter (2007, 2011, 2015)
HEARD Andrew (2007, 2011, 2015)
HORSLEY Peter (1991, 2003, 2007)
IRVINE Neil (1987, 1991, 1995)
KENNEDY Douglas (2003, 2007, 2011)
KING Trevor (1999, 2003, 2007)
LANSOM Greg (2003, 2007, 2011)
MARTIN Peter (1995, 1999, 2003)
MOORE Barry (1999, 2003, 2007)
MORTON Rebecca (2007, 2011, 2015)
NANKIVELL Tom (2007, 2011, 2015)
PAGE Warren (2007, 2011, 2015)
PORTWAY Oliver (1995, 1999, 2011)
ROW George (2007, 2011, 2015)
TATRAI Gérald (1987, 1991, 1995)
TAYLOR Sue (1991, 1995, 1999)

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Two Times Finishers

AUSTIN Geoffrey (2011, 2015)
BEASLEY GARY (1995, 2007)
BEDNARZ Robert (1995, 1999)
BENTLEY Michael (2007, 2011)
BLASSE Bjorn Erik (2003, 2007)
BOARDMAN Henry (1999, 2003)
BOYLE John Cameron (2003, 2011)
BRYANT Katherine (2011, 2015)
CREATI Mick (2011, 2015)
CUNNINGHAM Gregory John (2003, 2007)
CUNYNGHAME David (1999, 2003)
CURTIS Peter (1999, 2003)
DE MAN Henry (2007, 2011)
DROZ Gilbert (1987, 1991)
EVANS Gareth (2007, 2011)
FARMER Colin (1991, 1995)
GARRITY Ian (2011, 2015)
GOONATILLAKE Hari (2007, 2011)
HICKMAN Wayne (2007, 2011)
HOPPER Ronald (1987, 1991)
JENKINS Roy J. (1999, 2003)
LEE Stephen (2007, 2011)
LEHANE Pat (2007, 2011)
MADDISON Simon (2011, 2015)
MARTIN Gregory John (2003, 2011)
MATHEWS Peter (1999, 2003)
MCCROSSIN Mark (2007, 2011)
MOORE Russell (1983, 1991)
MORISON Alethea (1991, 1995)
PEARSON Martin (2007, 2011)
PIETSCH Stanley (2011, 2015)
ROGERS Malcolm (1995, 1999)
SEARLE Peter (2003, 2007)
SHULUBIN Sergey (2003, 2007)
SKEERS Garry (2007, 2015)
SMITH Kerri-Ann (2007, 2011)
STREDWICK Timothy John (2003, 2007)
TEMBY Kathryn Rae (2003, 2007)
WALKER Alan (2003, 2015)
WALL Garry (2011, 2015)
WATSON Stephen (2003, 2007)
WATT Raymond (1995, 2003)

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Single Time Finishers

AGNEW Steve (2007)
ANDRE Jason (1995)
ANTONIOU Christopher (2003)
ATKINS Stephen (2011)
AVON Dermot (1991)
BABAUSKIS Alex (2007)
BAILEY David (1987)
BAKER Gary (2015)
BAKER Tavis (2015)
BARRETT Jeffrey (2011)
BASSETT Graig Guy (1999)
BEHRSING Tom (1999)
BENNETT Andrew (1999)
BENNETT Karl (2007)
BERTOLINO Paul (2011)
BLAKE Andrew (2011)
BOEHM Ian David (2003)
BOOGERT Tom (2011)
BOOTH Nicholas (2015)
BOWTELL David (2007)
BRADBURY Matthew (2007)
BRADY Andrew (1991)
BRANDON Frank (1983)
BRAY Geoffrey (2003)
BRIGGS Donald (1995)
BRINCH Johan (2011)
BROWN Robin (1995)
BURGE Geoffrey (2011)
BURNETT Nicholas (2015)
BURNS Rowan James (2003)
BURTON Mark (2015)
CAIRNDUFF Gary (2015)
CAMBELL Peter (1999)
CANNELL Glen (1999)
CARR Peter (2015)
CARTER Peter (2007)
CAULFIELD George Arthur (2003)
CHADWICK John (1999)
CHADWICK Pamela (1999)
CHANT James (2007)
CHAPLIN Sarah (2015)
CLARK Malcolm (1991)
COLE Peter (1995)
COLLINS Bernard (1995)
COOPER Steven Arthur (2003)
COURTNEY Steven (1995)
CUCVARA Saxifrage (2015)
DEMPSEY Simon (2015)
DENNIS Charles (2007)
DICKSON Allan James (2003)
DODDS Bruce (2007)
DOWELL Stuart (2011)
DUNN Michael (2011)
EALES David (2007)
EDWARDS David (1999)
EDWARDS Stuart (2015)
EGAN Gerard (2015)
EGGING Marco (1995)
ERNST Matthias (2007)
FAIRWEATHER David (2015)
FARMER Barbara (1995)
FARREN Paul (1991)
FISHER Russell (2007)
FOREMAN Warren (2015)
FREEMANTLE Russell (2007)
GABADOU Michael (2007)
GADOMSKY Guido (2015)
GALLIKER Otto (1999)
GAMBLE Peter Andrew (2003)
GAULD Ronald (2011)
GEORGE Ian (2011)
GEORGE Stephen (2007)
GIDDINGS Phil (2015)
GILL Simon (2015)
GILLESPIE Tony (2011)
GODKIN Robert (2011)
GOULD John (2015)
GRANT Philipe Michael (2003)
GREEN Justin (2011)
GREEN Lindsay (1995)
GREGORY Paul Andrew (2003)
HALTON Enid (1995)
HARDY Sean (2003)
HARMER Lionel (2007)
HART David (2007)
HAYNES Martin (2007)
HEARD David (2011)
HEIDTMAN Ross (1999)
HELLIER Andrew (2007)
HELYAR Keith Ronald (2003)
HELYAR Mary Gillian (2003)
HINDS Gavin (2015)
HOOY Mark (2007)
HORNBY Brian (2011)
HUMPHRIES Ian (1999)
JAMES Michael (2011)
JANG Phillip (2011)
JEPPESEN Bill (2003)
JOHNSON Catherine (2007)
JOHNSTONE Harley (2003)
JONAS Pamela (2015)
JOYCE Brian (1995)
KARAMATIC James (2015)
KATER Michel (1991)
KEBLIKAS Rimas (2015)
KELLER Ingo (2003)
KERR David (2015)
KERSLEY Kristine (1995)
KILPATRICK Leigh (1999)
KING David (2011)
KIPPERS Vaughan (2015)
KIRKLAND Shane (2003)
KIRWAN Ron (2007)
LASZCZYK John (1999)
LAWRENCE Craig (2015)
LE VAILLANT Lynda (1999)
LENNON Anthony (2011)
LESTER Thomas Lionel (2003)
LETTE Garrie (2007)
LOTHRINGER Graeme (1999)
LOTHRINGER Susan (1999)
LOWE Cassandra (1999)
LOWE Keith (1991)
MABEY Douglas (2007)
Mac KAIN John (1999)
Mac KEAN Derek (1999)
Mac MILLAN Gordon (1999)
MACINTYRE Andrew (2007)
MACKLIN Simon (2015)
MAHONY Sean (2015)
MARTIN Aileen (1987)
MARTIN John (1987)
MARTIN Malcolm (1995)
MARTIN Peter W (2007)
MASLEN Thomas (1999)
MATUSZEK Maria (1999)
MAURER Wayne (2007)
MAYNARD Paul (1995)
MCCALLUM Peter (2011)
McCANN Scott (2015)
McCARTHY Richard (1995)
MCCLOSKEY Eamonn (2007)
McDONALD Duncan (2003)
McDONNEL Antony (1987)
McGRATH Michael (2015)
MCHUGH Bob (2007)
MCKEAN Derek (1991)
MILCH Steven (1999)
MOFFATT Hamish (2011)
MOHANDAS Janardanan (1999)
MORRISON Sean (2015)
MURDIE Ruth (2015)
NETTING Angus ()
NG Paul (1995)
NOBLE Russell (2011)
NORRIS Kevin (1991)
O'BRIEN Christopher (1995)
O'CALLAGHAN Peter (1999)
OCHOA Pepe (2011)
OLSEN Carl (1991)
OPPERMAN Hubert (1931)
OSBORNE-RIGBY John (2007)
PAGAC Daniel (2007)
PAGE Stephen (2011)
PALME Siegfried (2003)
PALMER Grant Richard (2003)
PASCOE Kevin (1991)
PEAK Ian David (1999)
PIERCY Kevin (2011)
PLATA Frank (2007)
POMPILI Claudio (2011)
POWELL Christopher Robert (2003)
PRENDERGAST Peter (2007)
PREYER Frank John (2003)
PRICE Thomas (2015)
PULI Brendan (2011)
PURVIS Mark (2007)
QUINN John (1995)
QUINTRELL Rod (2011)
RAISON Perry (2011)
REDDEN Brian (1991)
RICHARDSON Anthony (2015)
RICHARDSON Joy (1999)
RILEY Mark (2015)
ROBB Geoffrey (1999)
ROBERTS Andy (2015)
ROCK Daniel (2011)
ROGERS Christopher David (2003)
ROSE Lindsay (1991)
ROSS Errol (2007)
ROWLANDS Stephen (2007)
ROWLEY Philip (1991)
SAUNDERS Kevin (2007)
SCHEER Richard (2011)
SHAW David (1999)
SHAW Dennis Richard (2003)
SHORTEN Haydon (2011)
SILK Denise (2007)
SMITH Michael (2015)
SMITH Robert Reid (1995)
SNIBSON Rodney Paul (2003)
SORRELL Mark (1991)
SPENCER Ian Richard (1995)
STACPOOLE Ann (1991)
STACY Lyndon (1995)
STEVENS Ross (2007)
STEVENSON Barry Geoffrey (2003)
STEWART Adrian (1999)
STODALE Stewert (1987)
SURGEON Bill (2007)
SURR Fred (1987)
SYKES Justin (2007)
TAYLOR Stephen (2015)
TAYLOR Tim (2011)
THEO Ross (2003)
THEOFANIDES Sally (2015)
THORNTON Graham (1999)
TINKLER Andrew (2015)
TONKIN Alan (1999)
TOWN Murray (1999)
TRAVERS Kim (1999)
TURNER Lisa (2007)
TYDENS Casey (2011)
VAN DYK Patrick (1999)
VELLA Aldo (1999)
VINCENT Leslie (1995)
WALKER Dayton Robert (2003)
WALSH Christopher (1999)
WANG Shih-Chang (2011)
WARE Kevin Edwin (2003)
WATSON Don (1995)
WATT Simon (2011)
WEBSTER Robert (2011)
WEISS Peter James (2003)
WHITELEY Keith (1991)
WILKINSON Graeme (2003)
WITHAM David (1995)
WONG Michael (2015)
WURLOD Barry (2007)
YURISICH Adrian (2011)
ZGOZNIK Johnny (2007)
ZUCCHI Caesar Francis (2015)

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The History of Paris Brest Paris

Reprinted from AUK (with additions by Audax Australia from 1999 and 2014)

1891

In the first long cycle race, the 600km Bordeaux-Paris, the British unexpectedly took the first three places by riding without rest, G P Mills being the winner in under 27 hours. The event made a great impression on the French public.

Later that year, Pierre Giffard promoted the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris to demonstrate the practicality of the bicycle. Cycles were sealed at the start to ensure riders used the same machine throughout and entries from foreign riders and women were refused. 207 cyclists started on September 6th, including 10 tricycles, 2 tandems and an ordinary - believed to be the only one to complete the PBP so far, ridden by M. Duval. Both amateurs and professionals took part, the pros employing crews to carry their gear and 10 pacers each, Charles Terront won, riding without sleep for 71h22m, and 99 riders finished, some taking several days having stopped at inns overnight.

In the following years the Bordeaux-Paris was held annually and the inaugural Vienne-Berlin, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Rennes-Brest, Spa-Bastogne-Spa, Geneve-Berne, Milan-Turin, Paris-Besancon, Lyon-Paris-Lyon and Paris-Roubaix took place.

1901

Henri Desgranges divided the entry into 'coureurs de vitesse', professional road racers, and 'touristes routiers', hard riding tourists, with prizes of 10,000F for the former and 2,000 for the latter. At 0453 on 16th August the 41 pros started, followed 17 minutes later by the touristes routiers. Garin won in 52h11m and Rosiere was the first tourist back in 62h26m. 72 tourists finished, including 65 year old Rousset who took 202 hours.

The PBP was held every 10 years since the distance was so great that the pros could not adequately train for and take part in the PBP and conventional road races. In 1903 Henri Desgranges organised the first Tour de France using stages which allowed the riders to rest. This event was to supplant the PBP as the premier road race.

1911

The rules were changed to ban pacers and assistance to riders between controls. The pros changed their tactics and stayed together in a pack to Brest. 13 coureurs de vitesse and 120 touristes routiers took part, the winner being Georget in a time of 50h13rn. The first tourist back was Heusghen, who was then disqualified for receiving help en route leaving Ringeval and Garin (the 1901 pro) the winners in that category.

1921

On September 2nd 43 pros and 63 touristes routiers started the event. The number of secret controls had been increased. Mottiat won in 55h07m and the eighth place went to the tourist Ernest Paul, who had ridden as a pro in 1911, with a 62 hour time.

1931

Twenty-eight pros and over 100 tourists entered. The touristes routiers were, for the first time, given a 90 hour limit, called 'randonneurs', and divided into the 'allure libre' administered by Audax Club Parisien and 'audax' riders administered by the Union des Audax Cyclistes Parisiens. The Australian, Hubert Opperman won in 49h23m and the first randonneurs were Tranchant, Cottard and Ruard with a time of 68h30m. Four women finished on mixed tandems (Danis, Pitard, Gorgeon and Du Bois) and Mile Vassard became the first solo woman to complete the PBP. The Pitards were also to ride in 1948 and 1951

1948

52 pros, all team members, started but only 11 finished. Hendrickx won in a time of 41 h36m42s. In 1951 only 41 pros in 10 teams entered and Diot won in 38h55m, the all-time record. The first randonneurs were Coutelier and Chetiveau. The event was calendared as a professional race in 1956 and 1961 but cancelled due to lack of interest. The randonneurs. however, rode as usual with Baumann finishing first in 1956 with 52h19m and Fouace in 1961 with 49h15m. Briton, Barry Parslow, the first randonneur on trike, rode in 1966. The winner's time that year was 44h21m.

1971

This was the last year shared by audax and allure libre randonneurs. 330 audax riders, split into 17 groups, started 4 days before the main PBP at 0400 and all finished inside 90 hours. The 328 randonneurs set off with a massed start at 1600 on Monday September 6th. The British riders were George Davis, Barry Parslow not on trike, the frame had broken - Colin Philips and Jock Wadley. (Seven cyclists finished the audax PBP and then started again the next afternoon as randonneurs, Plaine doing this second trip in 55h42m.) There was a record to Brest, 20h26m, from Bonny, and first back was the Belgian Herman de Munck in 45h39m., the first woman being Simone Astie with 79h38.

 

1975

The randonneur event was now every 4 years, the audax riders retaining the 5 year interval. This was the first time that qualifications were required (a 600k ridden that year) and the last PBP to be run mainly on main roads as, tragically, two riders were killed. There were 714 starters, of whom 19 were British. First back were De Munck and 2 French riders, Cohen and Truchi, in 43h27m, and the first women were Chantal de la Cruz and Nicole Chabriand with a 57 hour time. Steve Nicholas gives a detailed account of the British riders in his article reproduced in Arrivee number. 20, New Year 1988.

1979

The entry qualification became a full Super Randonneur series. 1766 riders started and the start time was split with the prospective 90 hour riders off at 4.00am. 1573 finished including 54 British. AUK won the George Navet Trophy for the club with the most finishers. First back were Piguet and Baleydier in under 45h.

1983

The 10th PBP randonnee. 2106 started and 1903, including 77 British, finished. AUK won the Challenge ACP for the club registering the greatest number of brevets de randonneur with ACP and the Coupe de Madame le Ministre du Temps Libre, Jeunesse et Sports for the club with the greatest number of finishers under 25 years of age (12) and over 55 (3). AUK's Paul Castle had a successful ride but died shortly afterwards in a road accident while riding back to the coast. First in were the Belgian, De Munck, and France's Bernard Piguet with under 44 hours which is the Randonneur record. The first woman was American Sue Notorangelo, setting the women's record at 54h40m. In all 15 countries took part.

1987

2597 started and 2117 finished, including 94 British. AUK won the Coupe tie Monsieur le Secrdtaire d'Etat a la jeunesse et aux Sports for the greatest numbers of finishers under 25 and over 55 years of age (15), AUK South the Coupe de la Federation Sportive et Culturelle de France for having a large number of finishers, AUK South West the Coupe Bulte-Detee for having the most tandem riders (2), Willesden CC won the Coupe Diversey France for being the English club, outside AUK, with the greatest number of finishers, AUK's Debbie Llewellyn won a watch for being the youngest rider, and AUK South East were given one of the Fanions de la Ville tie Brest. AUK's Barry Parslow and Mark Brooking became the first riders to complete the PBP on tandem trike, with an 83 hour time, and Fliss Beard the first woman to complete the PBP on solo trike, with a 70 hour time. First back was American Scott Dickson, just over 44 hours.

1991

The Centenary edition, once again audax and allure libre riders shared the road. 3281 randonneurs started and about 2500 finished, including 149 British. The new venue at St Quentin-en-Yvelines, SW of Paris, was popular but the high abandonment was blamed on later start times of 20.00, 22.00, and 05.00, compounded by a compulsory afternoon "Prologue" into Paris. Peter Gifford and Noel Simpson lowered the tandem trike record to 81h06m and Mick Potts was the first rider back with a saddlebag, his 52h42m time and 25th overall placing being a British best. Nicole Chabirand of France was first woman back in 59h43m and Scott Dickson again first - his 43h42 some minutes outside the event record.

1995

The 13th PBP randonnee, with a slightly reduced entry. Two significant changes in the regulations - tri-bars were banned 'for reasons of safety', while the rule requiring mudguards was removed. Benign weather conditions saw a group of nine finish in 43h20m. The women's record was demolished when Brigitte Keriouet came in shortly after the leaders in 44h14m. Willesden CC took the ladies' team prize, Suzie Gray lowered the British best time by a female rider to 59h14m, while Anne Learmonth became the first woman ever to complete the PBP on a fixed-wheel macine. Mark Brooking regained the tandem trike record, this time with Richard Hull in 75h51m, while Peter Gifford and Noel Simpson set a standard of 88h10m on a tandem recumbent.

1999

Around 70 Aussies take part, only 3 did not finish. One rider had a sore knee less than 500km into the event, another fell and hurt his leg on the day before starting. This rider was allowed to start on his own some days after finishing and valliantly got to Brest before retiring. The third DNF rider fell asleep whilst riding near Fougeres on the outbound leg.

2003

83 Aussies entered, 81 started, with 13 riders unsuccessful. Good weather conditions but long queues at controls reported. For the first time in the event's history, the number of foreign riders exceeds the number of French riders.

2007

The wet one!

2011

Peter Moore set the record for the highest number of finnishs with his sixth successful completion of the event.

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WA DWP, Mt Pleasant 100km Route MapRegistration
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QLD Innisfail Far North Queensland 103km Route MapRegistration
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QLD Regatta Ferry Stage Toowong 40km Route Map