by Mark Thomas, SIR President/RBA
It’s a PBP Year!
The Paris-Brest-Paris 1200km grand randonnée is the premier event in the world of randonneuring. The challenge is to ride your bicycle from Paris to Brest on the English Channel coast and back again in 90 hours or less. It was first run in 1891, and is now held every four years. This year’s edition starts in Paris on August 16, and it’s time to start planning! Seattle International Randonneurs has been well represented at PBP since 1995, and we hope to have great participation again this year. It’s a riding and cultural experience you’ll remember forever.
We will be holding a Paris-Brest-Paris informational meeting on January 25, 2015 at the new offices of Cascade Bicycle Club in northeast Seattle in Magnuson Park. The meeting will be of interest to anciens / anciennes, as well as to those who have never ridden this event but are interested in learning more. In addition to reviewing qualification, registration and logistics, we will also offer insights from PBP veterans on training and equipment, and what to expect on the ride itself.
We also hope to have information on our new SIR club jerseys and reflective vests, including a special PBP edition, which can be ordered online.
There will be light refreshments, so you will have the opportunity to share stories about past cycling exploits with new and old friends, and to discuss riding plans for the year ahead. Even if you are not planning on going to Paris this summer, it should be a good get-together.
Where: Cascade Bicycle Club Offices, 7787 62nd Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98815. The offices are located in the Magnuson Park complex off Sand Point Way in northeast Seattle. Turn off Sand Point Way into Magnuson Park at NE 74th Street/NOAA Blvd.; then take your first left; and then take your first slight left onto 62nd Avenue NE. The offices are down the street on your left.
When: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3 pm until 4 or 4:30 pm.
Bonne route et à bientôt!