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.

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
  18. Talking About Rain
  19. Memories of PBP 2007
  20. Surprising Things About PBP

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What to do after a bicycle crash

When going for a ride make sure you have:

  • a cell phone,
  • personal identification,
  • emergency contact, and
  • something to write with.

If you have been in a bicycle crash you need to do these:

  1. Call the police and/or an ambulance immediately.
    If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
  2. Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official report.
    A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
  3. Get the business card of the officer.
  4. Leave your bike in the same state it was after the crash, if possible.
    It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
  5. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
  6. Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor’s office.
    When in doubt go to the ER!
    Give all complaints to the doctor.
    Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
  7. Take photos of injuries and your bicycle.
  8. Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault.
  9. Get the driver’s name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
  10. Make no statement to insurance until you talk to a lawyer.

Source: BikeLaw