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Old 08-05-07, 12:53 AM   #1
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See you at the PBP!!

I'm off to Europe Sunday evening ... so to all of you who are going to the PBP ... see you there!
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See you there. I'll be arriving on the 15th and staying at the Hotel Campanile.
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Bon chance!

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Old 08-05-07, 07:17 PM   #5
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Good luck to everyone who's going.
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Good luck to all of you. Maybe in 2011, I'll be there too.
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leaving this Saturday!!!
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Thought this was kinda interesting.
Interview with Colin Anderson, who will partake in the Paris to Brest cycle race:

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn...Postie-064.mp3

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Have fun and be safe. I wish you lot's of tailwind. I'm shooting to attend 2011.
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Old 08-10-07, 09:19 AM   #10
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We are in Belgium right now ... seeing some sights before making our way to Paris.
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We are in Belgium right now ... seeing some sights before making our way to Paris.
My wife and I spent hours walking around Paris today. We got back to our hotel in Versailles just in time for a thunderstorm to hit.

Since getting my bike last August I have put over 6000 miles on it, and have never ridden it in the rain. Could PBP be the first time?
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I fly out Wednesday. We are well overdue for a wet PBP...
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Just came back from a 6 weeks trip in the UK (LeJoG then durness-dover) and I'm so sick of the rain and suffering on th bike that I'm even considering giving up PBP! Plus, it's really starting to freak me out!!
Luckily I can gather some motivation during the week...
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I'm on my way to Paris on Thursday morning...hopefully my bike and I arrive in the same place at the same time! No worries, I could always rent a Parisian yellow bike and go for it I guess.

Weather will be weather, but the forecast looks good and cool, albeit a bit wet and windy for a good chunk of the route. That's where the fenders come in handy. Decided to bring a few more warm layers too...I got cold some nights in 2003.

See you there! Bon Route!
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Weather will be weather, but the forecast looks good and cool, albeit a bit wet and windy for a good chunk of the route. That's where the fenders come in handy. Decided to bring a few more warm layers too...I got cold some nights in 2003.
My front Honjo fender decided to make life interesting and shear off my bike on Friday. I briefly considered going without and then looked at the forecast and realized that would be foolish.

Fortunately, Harris Cyclery is just a couple of miles away and I was able to nip over and get a replacement. Hooray for having a local bike shop that stocks uncommon touring parts.

Off to France on Wednesday!
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Back to work thursday and friday, as ready to go monday as I can be. Now, Claire ...

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[...] I'm even considering giving up PBP! Plus, it's really starting to freak me out!!
Preparation is key. Don't worry, be happy, don't give up without solid reasons, remember your Lance Amstrong quote about quitting. You need to sleep well before monday evening. You completed your qualifiers so you know what is ahead of you. For most, the 600 km (<40 hours, remember) is harder than the real PBP (40 + 50 = 90 hours for 1200 km). Identify each single pain or other cause for worry and concentrate on sorting it out ahead of time. Prepare your pack(s), the timing of each stop, your bicycle, batteries, *everything. Store it somewhere, not to touch it until saturday

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Luckily I can gather some motivation during the week...
Go for it. Over 4000 people will be here to help you through the headwind on the first leg to Loudéac: a great moment
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Sadly, Machka abandoned PBP at Loudeac. No word on what caused her to call it quits, though she had been flirting with the time cutoff throughout her ride.
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Too bad about Machka. Hope she's ok. For those of you who want to follow your fave PBP riders:

http://www.paris-brest-paris.org/EN/...hp?showpage=64
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Indeed, too bad about Machka. Makes me wonder if she over-trained for the event - I seem to recall some posts of hers referring to some issues with the brevets leading into PBP.

Oh well - Rocky Mountain 1200 next year, perhaps?
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That is too bad, hope she's ok.
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Machka, I've never talked directly to you, but reading your posts has inspired me and helped me ride farther. I hope you at least had a great adventure on your trip!
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Machka, I've never talked directly to you, but reading your posts has inspired me and helped me ride farther. I hope you at least had a great adventure on your trip!
Likewise, she's one of my BF idols also. I hope all is well.
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rowan is out too.
last i checked spokenword was still moving along - and from the site i tracked a few other folks i know from boston and it looked like they were riding together.

the site has been down for awhile. i'll check again when it comes up. results should be in by now. i hope everyone made it in safe!
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This from another forum, a post by Machka's father this morning.
"Machka wrote me.
The weather was so bad they were "not having fun any more."
Rowan was riding his fixed gear and doing well with it, but pulled out for Machka's sake."
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Stage 15 is the last controle right? Once you get to that stage, you've completed the PBP, correct?
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