Paris-Brest-Paris draws closer, and many riders in Australia have qualified and have started the pre-registration process. It's a wonderful time as thousands of long distance cyclists around the world strive to meet the registration requirements so they can join randonneurs from around the globe in Paris in August.
For those randonneurs who make the effort to qualify for P-B-P (complete a 200, 300, 400 and 600km ride between Nov'14 and Jun'15) and the trip over, Audax offers a truely special souvenir. The jersey (front shown below) are available only to this who ride P-B-P in 2015. The design by Sally Glover features the iconic colours of the Australian Wattle, a boomerang motif and the Southern Cross. Across the rear pockets (shown below) the Eiffel Tower, Audax Australia logo and the lighthouse in Brest. Input from P-B-P riders was taken, for example the sleave feature a Kangaroos Next 1200km sign - so even when wearing a high-vis vest at night fellow riders can immediately tell where you are from.
If you can't make the trip to France, there are offerings in Australia in August which, whilst not on the same scale as P-B-P, offer the same challenge. "Not the PBP" in NSW in the south west slopes run in mid August contrasts wonderfully with the Mallee Routes Extended, Victoria, in late August. For the truely audacious you could complete two 1200s in a single month at home!
For the 2015 season we will not be producing a printed calendar booklet, instead we will be making two versions of the calendar available for download.
The traditional calendar booklet has been produced entirely as a PDF file for download. PDF can be displayed on computers, tablets and handheld devices, is searchable and still preserves the look, feel and formatting of the traditional document. The whole document can be printed, or selectively just sections or pages of interest.
Additionally the data will be provided in a spreadsheet compatible format. This allows for viewing in applications such as Excel or OpenOffice, but is easier for filtering and searching (ie. when is the next 600 prior to the end of qualifying period of PBP).
Rider Stuart Edwards has posted a video of his Perth Albany Perth 2014 experience. Click the image to start the great video from Vimeo.
Perth Albany Perth 2014 by Stuart Edwards
Perth Albany Perth 2014 Morning Start by Jan Acuff
Updated 29/09 17:46 Sydney Time.
The 2015 edition of the Perth-Albany-Perth 1200km starts on Monday 6th of October, but on Friday 26th of September two of the P-A-P volunteers setoff to complete the ride. Starting from South Perth at 5am Michael James and Wayne Hickman made very quick progress on their first day. Day two weather report looks like favourable winds, but rain and possibility of hail and thunderstorms. Day three saw less favourable conditions and Nick making a mammoth effort into Albany. Final day underway and the guys face potentially strong cross and head winds for the first 150km. This article will be periodiocally updated with news from their ride.
To find out more about the 1229km Perth-Albany-Perth event check here: PAP 2014
To follow the riders trackers check here: Live Tracking
Or read more below for pictures and news from the ride.
Times shown below in Perth local time. Items added with newest at the top.
29/09 and done...
Wayne and Michael finished in 82 hours 32 minutes for 1229km.
Michael celebrates with a beer.
Wayne celebrates with two...
29/09 12:25 1143km Control: Pinjarra
Michael and Wayne are now within 100k of the final checkpoint in South Perth, and having coffee at Pinjarra control. They arrived a few minutes after noon.
Average speed now about 14.4kmh with 79 hours elapsed on their arrival.
There's always time for coffee (L->R Wayne Hickman, Michael James)
Michael left the control first at about 5:15am, and Wayne about an hour later at 6:20am. Michael is already within 20km of the next control at Hotham River.
29/09 4:30am Day 4
Lads have all slept in this morning. Michael arrived into Williams at about 22:07 last night, with an average overall speed of 15.5kmh and 65h05m elapsed.
The forecast winds are westerly, and the route is heading NW for the first 150km before it veers north into Perth.
Cloudy. Isolated showers. Winds westerly 15 to 20 km/h tending southwesterly in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.
28/09 19:00 1014km Control: Williams
Wayne arrived in Williams at around 19:00 with an average elapsed speed of 16.3km and 62 hours. Wayne took time to upload some photos and comment on the day: "Head winds most of day apart from last 19km in to Williams. Bonus was I got to control dry. In bed now waiting for Michael (must be tired that came out wrong)". Michael has about 23km to reach Williams. Back to the World Championship Road Race....
Photos from the bike.
Photos from the bike.