Last Updated 2021.01.26
PBP Paris-Brest Paris
It is called PBP in The 1200km Brevet, which travels from Paris to Brest in France.
First held in 1891, it is the oldest cycling event with a longer history than the Tour de France.
It is located on the highest peak of Brube, and it is an event that anyone who is doing a Brevet will admire.
History of PBP
PBP was a professional road race at first. It was changed from the seventh 1951 Games to a time-limited Brevet format by amateur cyclists. This is the first Japanese to participate in the event from Canada, and the participation from Japan has been held since the 15th annual meeting in 2003.
It is said that the number of participants of PBP has continued to increase rapidly since becoming an amateur, with more than 5,000 participants in 2011 and more than 6,000 in the next event in 2015. It is said that about 160 participants participated in 2011 and 200 in 2015.
The next event will be held in 2019. How many people from Japan will participate? I would like to participate once, but I think it is as tough as the Olympics.
Eligibility to participate in PBP
Anyone over the age of 20 can participate in The Brevet if it is as per the ACP regulations, but with the exception of PBP, participation is not allowed undying the title of Shuper Landneur (SR) during the PBP event.
Shuper Landneur is a title sent to those who complete the 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km Brevets in the same year.
PBP is held in August every year, and this entry is confirmed around July, so you will have to confirm the SR from 200km to 600km by June at the late.
PBP has quite a few elements of a festival cycle event once every four years, but the participants can run at least 600 km.
The PBP course is in Saint-Cantan, a suburb of Paris, from where it runs about 600km to Brest in the west.
There is no pass like Japan on the course itself, but it is said that the elevation gained is about 10,000 m repeatedly on gentle climbs and gentle downs where hilly ups and downs continue for a long time.
In addition, since France itself has a high latitude and is a region in the north that corresponds to Hokkaido, there are many differences in temperature between daytime and nighttime, so cold measures etc. become important.
The figure above shows the course route and rough distance of the PBP.
PBP starts from the 80-hour limit group starting at 16:00 in the evening, and about 6,000 cyclists start to one-way brest with a group of participants and special bicycles with a 17:00 to 90-hour limit, and an 84-hour limit group starting the next morning.
The 80-hour limit group is a group of people who run for 2 to 3 days almost all night.
Let's take the driving plan in the 90-hour limit category that starts at 5:00 p.m. as an example.
Starting at 5:00 p.m. on the first day, many participants take a nap at loudeac, which is 445 km away.
Even an average speed of 25 km/h should run from 18 to 20 hours. In France, the sunset is late at about 20 o'clock, but it suddenly runs at night.
You will arrive in Rudiak from midnight to early morning on the first day. Many participants take a shower or nap here.
In PBP, there are many places where PCs are set up in facilities such as community center and school, and showers and nap facilities are available for a fee, but it is possible to rent them.
After taking a nap in Rudiak for about 3 hours, you will be back from Brest and enter the second day of the battle called Breast Attack, which will return to Rudiak.
It is a 328km journey from Rudiak to Brest to Rudiak. Take another shower or nap in Rudiak.
When it comes to long-distance Brevets of 1200 km like PBP, there is a service where you put a change of clothes called a dropback or a supplement food in a bag and send the bag to a checkpoint specified in advance (this is usually charged).
Rudiak is just the middle point of the round trip course, so it will be the best drop bag point and nap point.
After leaving Rudiak, we will aim for Paris by one road. There is about 445km left, and fatigue is also at its peak. Some participants take breaks and naps at The Montagne, 1077km along the way.
And if you run the remaining 141km, it will be a PBP finish.
Once you have completed the PBP, you will get a medal engraved with the time you completed it (it may be purchased).
Even if it is a purchase, I want to get it by all means. It's a commemoration of a life.
Various bicycles participating in PBP
Participation in PBP is ok for bicycles that can run only with the power of the runner, so various bicycles will appear.
There are also participants on tandem bicycles and recumbent bicycles.
In Japan, you can't run on public roads, so you rarely see them, but you can run on public roads overseas.
Since it is a condition to obtain an SR as a qualification to participate in PBP, it will actually be the lowest run for 600 km on tandem bicycles and recumbents.
Overseas people participate in outrageous conditions.
PBP onboard video
Paris Brest Paris (PBP) 2015 – Group H Onboard from 0km to 100km
It is a youtube image of a super-large work of 3 hours and 30 minutes, but it is a video that conveys the atmosphere of PBP.
Immediately after the start, it is different from ordinary Brube that the motorcycle leads the way until you pass into the suburbs and restricts traffic.
I think that other participants' bicycle equipment will also be helpful for those who are thinking of starting a Brevet.