Paris-Brest-Paris Bulge Chart

Jo Wood’s fascinating dynamic bulge chart shows progress of the 6000 riders of the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle randonnée.

The animation shows where and when riders were bunched up on the road and at controls.
Abandons (DNFs) can also be seen accumulating at various controls along the route.
Circles used to indicate bunches at controls of more than 200 riders, coloured by the most common group of riders:

Loudeac is always very busy and it is easy to spend far too long there.

Data based on provisional results from Audax Club Parisien (thanks to Axel Koenig for help with assembling the data). There are currently some errors in the original data, especially for the later DNFs and at the Loudeac control.

Wine vs. Workouts: Effects of alcohol

Ten years ago (2008) DC Rainmaker posted an article about the effects alcohol had on his performance.
I expect it holds true today for most of us.

What he discovered by measuring his performance:

“Well, at least for me that drinking just a little bit the night before has a fairly significant effect on my performance – in particular in cycling.”

Read the full article here

PBP tips from an Ancien

What do you want to know about PBP?

Eric (the campyonlyguy) has helpfully created a series of videos based on his experiences.

  1. Is it worth it?
  2. How tough is it?
  3. Time
  4. Picking a start time
  5. Fix it now!
  6. Weather
  7. Making a plan
  8. Hands and arms
  9. Lodging for you and your bike
  10. Relax!
  11. Food
  12. Getting Yourself and Your Bike to France
  13. Rest Stop Management
  14. Roads in France
  15. It’s NOT all about the bike
  16. [Diamond frame] Bike Choice, Part 1
  17. Drop Bags

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“Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”

This is the most common response from drivers after a conflict with cyclists.

Is it them being careless and dangerous or did the driver genuinely not see you?

According to a report by John Sullivan of the RAF, the answer may have important repercussions for the way we train drivers and how as cyclists we stay safe on the roads.

Read the full article here