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.

Mark’s Plan for a 1200

Sage advice from Mark Thomas:

  • Try to maintain 20kph (including stops) during the day.
    This is easy to calculate, even when tired. 

  • Keep stops short enough to keep on that schedule.

  • 18 hours x 20kph = 360km or 24 hours of brevet time.
    That gives me 6 hours in 24 for rest.

    5 hours rest instead allows me to start with an hour in the bank.
  • Don’t panic if falling behind.
    I assume a shorter sleep break can fix time deficits..

  • Be cognizant of the 10 hours extra time on return.
    Forgetting this can induce unnecessary panic.

  • Ok to settle for 15kph (including stops) during days 3-4.
    Anything better than the 20kph/15kph is gravy. Stop for ice cream.

  • Did I mention this already?
    Don’t panic

Damon Peacock on PBP

Damon is always entertaining and his videos capture the essence of Paris-Brest-Paris:

“The typical PBP rider is a 52 year old man. I’m one of those and I can tell you that life isn’t usually a lot of fun for us. I watched a BBC4 documentary about postcards and the people who collect them recently. That’s the sort of thing that 52 year old men do, watch BBC4 and collect postcards. Pipes and slippers have gone out of fashion of late, but we are the people of the shed, tinkering in comfy obscurity, and meeting our chums for a weekly pint of foaming real ale in the local pub.” Continue reading “Damon Peacock on PBP”