It’s only a few days to Paris-Brest-Paris. I have been dreaming for more than a decade about taking part in this historic long-distance cycling event, but always considered completely it out of reach. Not just cycling 1230km in 90 hours. Just the challenge of qualification – doing four long-distance rides of 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km in the same year and within a certain time limit – seemed way too big.
Well, after upping my cycling significantly in recent years and successfully starting to lose weight in January 2014, I began seriously pondering to “do PBP” in 2015. As a preparation, I started a challenge called RRtY. This stands for Randonneur Round the Year and means doing at least one 200k ride in 12 consecutive months. I completed it last Friday with a 200k ride after work.
Here’s my RRtY and PBP qualification year in review.
My Audaxing career started in earnest in July 2014, when I did a 325k ride from Lille in France to Oberhausen in Germany. At the time, it as by far the longest ride I had ever done so far.
I took the Moulton on the Eurostar, spend the night at a hotel in Lille and headed off 4.30am. Continue reading “My PBP qualification and RRtY in pictures”