Paris-Brest-Paris 2015: The French

Having raced track bikes at my local velodrome and dabbled in the cyclocross circuit for several years in the Bay Area, I’ve had some experience with folks cheering for me while I speed along in circles. But your friends shouting your name (or good-naturedly heckling you) at an amateur race is one thing; it’s an entirely different experience when you’re riding Paris-Brest-Paris.Continue Reading

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015: Landscapes

In the early hours of a Sunday afternoon in August, 300 or so of us randonneurs in the 5:30PM “G” group left the suburban confines and cheering crowds of St. Quentin-en-Yvelines bound for Brest. The nondescript tracts of concrete buildings soon gave way to the rolling terrain of countryside. Continue Reading

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015: Architecture

Riding 1230km across France within 90 hours (or less, depending on your start time) is a grueling affair. But even in my most enervated state, the charm of the rustic French villages never failed to captivate me.Continue Reading

Randonneuring Ride Report: SFR 200k Freestone Bread Run

THE GOOD: I kept my R-12 streak* going with an SF Randonneurs workers’ ride on Saturday; I’m now at R-31 for finishing at least one 200k each month! Plus I got to pedal from Mill Valley to Tomales on one of my favorite sections of Hwy. 1 under brilliant blue skies, and Ann triumphantly rode her first 200k after a two month-hiatus due to recovering from surgery.Continue Reading