Paris Brest Paris (PBP)

Take part in a few Audax rides and before too long you'll hear someone mention "PBP" or even "The French Ride". PBP - or Paris-Brest-Paris, to give its full name - is the world's largest and most prestigious long-distance cycling event.

Every four years, in August, more than 6,000 cyclists from around the globe converge in the south-western outskirts of Paris with the aim of riding from there to Brest, on France's north-western tip, and back, covering 1,200km in fewer than 90 hours - and considerably fewer for the very fastest. Few who take part will ever forget the experience.

Audax UK was originally formed in 1976 to make it easier for cyclists from the UK to enter PBP by holding qualifying events in the UK. 1979 saw 49 British finishers; in 2015, more than 400 members successfully completed the ride.  

One AUK member, Richard Leon, has so far completed the event 9 times.

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The next PBP will take place between 18th and 22nd August 2019. For more information on the History of PBP click here. As an ACP event, the regulations and enrolment processes are not the same as those of Audax UK. A brief overview is detailed below but the full requirements will soon be available on the Paris Brest Paris 2019 website.

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates and see this flyer

Completion and validation of the longest Brevet de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRM) event before 31st October 2018.

  • Details of Audax UK Events can be found here 
  • International BRM events can be found here
  • International RM events can be found here 

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates.

Qualifying Events                                                  

Under ACP rules, as well as achieving validation of the Pre Qualifiying Events in 2018, it is necessary to complete and obtain validation of a Super Randonneur series of BRM events (one each at a minimum of 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km) before the end of June 2019 before PBP registration closes on 3 July 2019.  

The dates for these qualifying BRM events in the UK in 2019 (dates may vary from country to country) are:

  • 200km: Saturday 12th January - Sunday 28th April 2019
  • 300km: Saturday 16th March - Sunday 26th May 2019
  • 400km: Saturday 13th April - Sunday 2nd June 2019
  • 600km: Saturday 4th May - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Validated qualifying distances are recorded as BRM events for members of Audax UK to keep track of their qualification status.  

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates.

The date of pre-registration for PBP depends on the distance of the longest, validated,  2018 'pre-qualifier'.  

The longer the distance the earlier the pre-registration. :

 

1200km or 1000km = 14th January 2019 (Provisional)

600km  =  28th January 2019 (Provisional)

400km =  11th February 2019 (Provisional)

300km  = 25th February 2019 (Provisional)

200km  =  11th March 2019 (Provisional)

 

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates.

Paris Brest Paris 2019 registration opens on 1 June 2019.  

Those who pre-registered will need to start the registration process before 18 June 2019 or the benefit of the pre-registration will be lost.

The registration process can start prior to completing the qualifying rides but all the validation details will be required before registration closes on 3 July 2019.

Unlike Audax events that require the participant to carry out their own bike checks, on PBP there will be an obligatory bike check the day before the start.

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates.

 

The Start 

PBP Start times have been announced and will take place at Rambouillet - a change from recent years - at the following times:


From 16:00 Sunday 18 August 2019 for an 80 hour time limit 


From 18:00 Sunday 18 August 2019 for an 90 hour time limit


From 05:00 Monday 19 August 2019 for an 84 hour time limit  

 

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates.

 

Bike check 

There will be an obligatory bike check the day before the start, at the same time as riders collect their brevet cards, etc.

Rider Tracking

A brevet card and an electronic tracking device will be distributed before the start. These must be kept in good condition.

Loss of the brevet card, loss of the tracking device, missing or incomplete validation, whether from an official or a secret control, is likely to result in disqualification

Controls
It is expected that the control towns will be exactly the same as those in 2015

Additional Information

The French Law regarding cycling in France requires hi-viz clothing from dusk until dawn on unlit roads. 

The French ride on the right, no matter how long the ride!

 

Please check with the official Paris Brest Paris website for updates.