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    2015 PBP control times

    I've been shoveling so much snow I have gotten out of my PBP preparation routine. And I recall a veteran's advice, "Every day do something toward PBP".

    Where can a find reliable opening/closing control times. Yes, I understand I will have to adjust it for my starting time. I've looked at the PBP website and the RUSA PBP website but can't locate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9606 View Post
    I've been shoveling so much snow I have gotten out of my PBP preparation routine. And I recall a veteran's advice, "Every day do something toward PBP".

    Where can a find reliable opening/closing control times. Yes, I understand I will have to adjust it for my starting time. I've looked at the PBP website and the RUSA PBP website but can't locate it.
    Not easy to find! Maybe it's on the PBP website somewhere, but I found it on the BC Randonneurs website, for 2011, see around page 12:
    http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/pbp/mis...N_PBP_2011.pdf

    If I recall correctly, you get the "Dossier" after you register for PBP.

    More generally, the BC Randonneurs website has a lot of useful PBP info:
    Paris Brest Paris - Hub

    Before PBP last time, I printed out a stack of cards like those in the attachment, with my ride plan (including control closing times) for starting times staggered by fifteen minute intervals. The plan was to have that stack handy in my handlebar bag, and then as I waited to start I would throw the cards away one by one, once I was past that starting time. As it turns out, I started in the first group so I only needed the top card and threw the rest away. As to the column headers, most are obvious, but some may not be. "Climb/C" is climbing per century (hundred miles). "BigClmb" is the total amount of climbing on climbs of 400 feet or more. In the "Stoppage" column, I have my planned stoppage at the control "Ctrl" and planned sleep, "Slp". The "DropDead" departure time is the time beyond which you have to pick up your average speed if you're going to make it to the next control on time. It means that if you can maintain the speed you've gone to this point, you should be able to finish on time. But if you leave a control an hour after the DropDead time, then if you maintain the same average speed you will DNQ. You might notice I didn't bother to put control opening times. They are only of academic interest for a rider like me. I've never yet had to wait for a control to open before proceeding!
    PBP_11_planning.pdf
    Last edited by thebulls; 03-03-15 at 08:10 PM.

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