Paris-Brest-Paris 2015: The Cyclists

Paris-Brest-Paris: 1230 kilometers ridden in less than 90 hours. How does one even begin to capture the drama, the beauty, the hardships and triumphs of cycling this distance in that time frame? It’s an artistic undertaking that’s almost as daunting as the ride itself. Countless articles, blog posts, essays, photographs and videos have already chronicled Paris-Brest-Paris in depth – but here is my humble contribution to my predecessors’ narratives.Continue Reading

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