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PARIS - BREST - PARIS(9 posts)

PARIS - BREST - PARISthe flying bean
Jul 1, 2003 5:27 AM
How many of you have qualified and got your entries in? I've managed to sort out the paperwork and am now making travel plans to get to the start. I intend crossing the English Channel by ferry, then hiring a car from the port. Not very green I know, but I wanted to limit overnight travelling before the big event. How's it going Dale?

The Flying Bean
Brest...where are they? Someone said Brest, darn it! nmeschelon
Jul 1, 2003 5:55 AM
Greetings from Missouri, Old (Flying) Bean!Dale Brigham
Jul 1, 2003 6:42 AM
Dear Bean:

Everything is on track for PBP on this end. I and three of my fellow randos from Mid-MO (Columbia) have qualified, sent in our applications (and received confirmation of their receipt), and made our air and land travel reservations. We have all chosen the 84 hour time limit group, starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning (Aug. 19).

We arrive in Paris on the morning of the 15th, and we will stay in Versailles at the Hotel Ibis just across from the Hotel de Ville (city hall) before and after PBP. En route, we have a gite (B&B, sort of) near Loudeac (Treve, I believe) for Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and a similar lodgement near Mortagne au Perche for our last (Thursday) night.

My lovely wife and the sister of one of our little band of randos (who is studying in France) will drive a rental van and meet us at the controles. As I have said repeatedly, I doff my helmet to those hardier randos who ride PBP without support or lodging (other than the controles). They are made of sterner stuff than I.

The tension and excitement is building for me, and, I assume, for my comrades. Every ride now has a purpose -- getting ready for those first three big days (280, 200, and 200 miles, approx.). I'm dialing in my position on the Steelman and making peace with my newish Brooks Colt saddle. I'm making decisions on tires, shorts, and a hundred other items.

Of course, it would be grand if somehow we RBR PBPers could meet up at PBP. Will you be doing the Prologue ride on Monday morning? If so, that might present an opportunity to ride together.

I hope all is well with you, Bean. Thanks for asking about me and my fellows.

Dale
I qualified and sent my entry in...Lon Norder
Jul 1, 2003 12:29 PM
I haven't heard anything from Randonneurs USA or ACP yet.
You'll soon get confirmation from RUSA, LonDale Brigham
Jul 1, 2003 1:40 PM
Lon:

This is a "new" (not like '99) benefit from RUSA: My pals and I received letters of confirmation from RUSA a couple of weeks after we sent in our application packets. I think they are bundling the mailings (we all got our's exactly the same day), so I'd expect your letter will be arriving soon.

If you get really worried, contact Jennifer Wise at RUSA. She kindly emailed me after I inquired about my application.

All the Best!

Dale
I ran into someone who knows you...Lon Norder
Jul 1, 2003 3:50 PM
At the Cascade Creampuff mountain bike race in Oregon over the weekend, I got to talking with a guy camping next to us about riding brevets, PBP, and Roadbike Review.com. He mentioned that he's ridden with you before. Big guy with tattoos and lives in Washington state, I think. He said he posts mostly on the singlespeed forum at mtbr.com. I forgot his name/handle, though.
Lon, you met Big Ed!Dale Brigham
Jul 2, 2003 7:36 AM
Lon:

Ed called me Monday night, and he told me he had met a fellow who had heard of me (usually that means parole officers and bail bondsmen). I'm flattered that anybody knows of me, much less you, Lon.

Ed is an amazing cyclist. He is huge, like NFL linebacker big, but he can ride (and climb) like a son of a gun. I met Ed several years ago not long after I moved to Mid-MO, Ed's home base. We rode, raced cyclocross, and did brevets (including a tough and soggy Fleche Velocio) together for years.

Ed now lives in the Olympia (WA) area, and on my visit there a few years ago, we rode up the east side (Windy Ridge) of Mt. St. Helens and also did RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Ranier in One Day). I used to pride myself on being a pretty fair climber, having raced quite a bit in NM and CO in the Pro-I-II category races there and doing reasonably well in those races. (Of course, that was 20 years ago.) During my rides in WA, Ed totally schooled me on Windy Ridge and Cayuse Pass. He climbs really well, especially for a big boy!

Ed is also a very formidable randonneur. He regularly does the Seattle International Randonneurs brevet series, and he typically finishes among the first randos. In fact, the 600 km brevet course he had completed before I visited him included both Windy Ridge and Cayuse Pass, among several other big climbs and many smaller ones. Tres formidable!

Nowadays, Ed has gotten the singlespeed bug. He won the SS class in a recent 24 hour race, and I'm sure he did fine at the Creampuff. (He said his 34-18 was not low enough for the climbs, and that he'll have a 34-21 next year.) Personally, I think Tullio invented the derailleur for me to use as needed, but Ed disagrees.

I'm guessing will try a SS PBP in '07. I would not bet against him.

Lon, how did the Creampuff go for you? I'm amazed that a PBP rando would also be doing the rough stuff. Very impressive!

Dale
When Big Ed mentioned a randonneur in MO named Dale...Lon Norder
Jul 2, 2003 8:51 AM
I said, Dale Brigham? He said: "Yes! Yes! How do you know Dale?" He seemed very enthusiastic about cycling and tried to convince me to do the Seattle brevet series next year. The longer ones sound quite tough.

I guess I like long distance mountain bike riding as much as long distance road riding. I've done the Cascade Creampuff and the Leadville 100 the last four years. Unfortunately this year I've only been on the mountain bike a handful of times because of the brevets and it showed at the Creampuff. My singletrack skills were very rusty and I finished in a slow 14.5 hours. Ed's camp had packed up and left by the time I got back to camp so he must have been done much earlier.
Congrats, Lon, on finishing a very tough race! (nm)Dale Brigham
Jul 2, 2003 10:28 AM