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Like the Olympics, Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) is held once every four years and attracts the most aspiring athletes in their field. The next PBP will be held 18-22 August 2019. World-wide, keen randonneurs are preparing for this prestigious event.

Since its inception in 1891 as a race, PBP has evolved into the largest and most inspiring amateur randonnée in the world. Over four days, thousands of riders from around the world pedal 1200 kilometres through rolling French countryside and festive villages. Spectators line the route, cheering and supporting the riders to push themselves to finish within time.

The Official Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 brochure, is available on the Paris-Brest-Paris website.

The Paris-Brest-Paris website contains a huge amount of information and is the best source of accurate information about the event. 

Information for Audax Australia members

While PBP is an individual ride and achievement, it’s great to feel part of a team. Audax Australia members have access to a fabulous and highly desirable team jersey and other clothing, an organised bag drop, and co-ordinated team accommodation.

Members can subscribe to the 2019 PBP Newsletter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

American travel company, Travel Haus, is providing the bag drop service and team hotel for Australian team members. The Hôtel Restaurant Campanile in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has been designated as the Australian team hotel. You can book the hotel and bag drop service on the Travel Haus PBP website. Hotel bookings made through Travel Haus include bicycle and luggage storage facilities for the period of your stay and while you ride PBP.

How to enter: qualification and registration

Entry numbers have been limited for the 2019 PBP and all the available pre-registration places have been filled. ACP have advised that no further places will be made available for the 2019 edition.

Qualification

You need to qualify for PBP 2019 by riding a full Super Randonneur series of ACP brevets (200, 300, 400 and 600 km BRMs) between 1 November 2018 and 23 June 2019. There are no identified periods to complete specified lengths of brevet as there are in some countries. The brevets can be ridden in any order but must be BRM rides. For the purpose of PBP qualification, ACP allows applicants to use longer ACP sanctioned brevets to substitute for shorter ones. Australian BAs or Permanent rides are not acceptable.

Registration

Registrations can only be made through the PBP website between 25 May and 3 July 2019 with the homologation numbers of your qualifying brevets. You can register with only three of the four qualifying brevets completed, but you need to provide the missing brevet certification number on or before 3 July 2019 or your registration will be cancelled.

The registration fee is yet to be confirmed, but it will be around €120.

Riders will be sent off in waves of 300 every 15 minutes at the start time and start wave they selected during pre-registration. Start times are:

  • from 16:00 Sunday 18 August 2019 for an 80 hour time limit
  • from 17:30 Sunday 18 August 2019 for an 90 hour time limit
  • from 05:00 Monday 19 August 2019 for an 84 hour time limit

Getting to the start

The 2019 PBP will start and finish in Rambouillet for the first time. As accommodation is limited, most people will have to travel some distance to the start. Information on how to get to and from Rambouillet is on the PBP website.

Audax Australia Team Kit

The Australian PBP team kit can be purchased by logging into the Audax portal and selecting the PBP Merchandise tab. The ordering window closes on Tuesday 21 May and there will not be another opportunity to order the kit. The artwork that formed the basis for the PBP jersey and other kit items is an authentic Indigenous design especially created for Audax Australia by Lani Balzan, a leading indigenous artist. It will be a highly desirable swap item.

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Past PBP Reports

The club's magazine Checkpoint is a great source of information about all things Audax and especially Paris-Brest-Paris. The editions following each PBP share Australian experiences. Checking out the magazine archive also enables you to enjoy some insights into the development of the club over 30 years or more.

Read the account in December 1987 by Aileen Martin – first Aussie woman to ride PBP – about starting and finishing with a not fully healed broken pelvis; dip into December 1991 or December 1995 or January 2000.

For more contemporary accounts, try Issue 33 Spring 2007, Issue 34 Summer 2007-08, Issue 50 Summer 2011-12, and Issue 65 Spring 2015.

To learn more about the event’s rich history click here.

Australian Finishers

Since 1983 when Frank Brandon, Russell Moore and Stephen Poole became the first Australians to take part in PBP after Sir Hubert Opperman’s winning of the event in 1931, many Australian Audaxers have made the trip to France. For some, it’s a once-off. For others it’s another in a long series.

Two Australian male riders, Peter Moore (1991 to 2011) and Jonathan Page (1995 to 2015), have completed six PBPs. Two Australian female riders, Sue Taylor (1991 to 1995) and Rebecca Morton/Dove (2007 to 2015), have completed 3 PBPs. Jonathan and Rebecca are both lining up for the 2019 edition.

Click here to see the complete list of Australian finishers.

For something historic, “PBP Was My Greatest Triumph” by Sir Hubert “Oppy” Opperman, is an account of the 1931 race.

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