Paris-Brest-Paris, a.k.a. PBP, is a 1200k Grande Randonnee held along the same historic route every four years in France. Beginning on the southern side of the French capital, it travels west 600 kilometers to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic Ocean and returns along the same route. It's a 100 year old tradition and the main event for thousands of randonnuering cyclists around the world. Successful completion of PBP means one's name is entered into the "Great Book" in Paris along with every other finisher going back to 1891, and a much-treasured medal is awarded.
All prospective PBP participants must complete a Super Randonneur
brevet series (200, 300, 400 and 600-kilometer events) in the year
of PBP, finishing the series by mid-June.
GLR has a long history of PBP participation. Recent finishers, a.k.a. anciens, are shown below. Congratulations!
T C O’Rourke
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One hundred and ten years ago Charly Miller of Chicago was the first American to ride Paris-Brest-Paris, finishing fifth in 56 hours, 40 minutes. This was an outstanding achievement for an unsupported rider, especially considering the poor roads and bicycles of that era. Though many of his opponents had elaborate teams of pacers and helpers, Miller persevered alone for three days and two nights, non-stop. Charly had to use all his resolve to overcome punctures and a broken bicycle. Not surprisingly, his heroic performance was very much appreciated by the French.
To honor Charly's achievement, RUSA recognizes any American who finishes PBP in less than 56:40 as a member of La Société Charly Miller. In 2011 GLR’s Bryce Walsh joined this esteemed fraternity of fast American randonneurs and randonneuses. Chapeau Bryce!