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PBP 2011: doubts on Pre-registering,Visa, Stay etc.

Old 03-18-11, 12:16 AM
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PBP 2011: doubts on Pre-registering,Visa, Stay etc.

Hey guys,

This is the first time for that a few Indians will be riding this event, I'll be one of them. While we have tried to gain knowledge about as many things as possible but there are still a few lingering doubts:

Pre-registration - Most of us have completed our SR-Series for qualifications, we also did a series in the previous year which had a 600k brevet. So that gives us the chance to pre-register from April 17th. Can someone let me know what is the process?? and then how to convert the pre-registration into confirmed registration??

What about Visa?? does PBP registration provide a confirmed entry into France??? what if a Visa is rejected, is there a chance for refund of the fee?

I understand that having a confirmed accommodation is one of the requirements for getting a visa in France. How should we go about it?? any good place which isn't too far from the start line. Some of us are wanting to tour France before the event & camp, is there any special prerequisite for this.

Is there anything else I need to know about.


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Old 03-18-11, 02:51 AM
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This is the first year that PBP preregistration will occur, so none of us have done it before. A number of forum people will be able to preregister from the 3rd of April (having done a 1000 brevet or longer last year), so should be able to explain any problems they find.

I've only needed a visa for France once, in 1999, and just gave the address of my accommodation in St Quentin en Yvelines just before and after PBP. I had no problems but I don't know how applicable that experience is now.
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On April 17, go to the PBP web site and pre-register. We don't know what the page will look like, but my guess is that you will need to enter your name and/or the certification number for your longest ride from 2010.

Then, on June 11, go back to the site and complete the registration. At that time you will need to choose a starting time and provide the certification numbers for the SR rides you did this year. You have to do this step before June 20, or you will lose your pre-registration advantage.

If you have not completed all 4 rides or don't have the certification numbers by June 11, you will need to go back a third time to finalize the registration, and you will need to do it before July 17.

As you know, the ACP has assigned quotas per country to limit the number of participants, and you will be part of the 309 assigned to the "Other Countries". My feeling is that there will be many more riders from "Other Countries" that want to do PBP, so it is important to get your pre-registration on April 17 (France time).

I don't know much about visa requirements between India and France, but a tourist visa is usually easy to get, and you may just need to provide the address of the hotel or campground where you plan to stay the first night. I would call the French ambassy or consulate, and ask them. The campground in Guyancourt that was available in the past editions of PBP will not be open this summer, and the organizers are trying to find an alternative. I heard that there is a campground in Versailles, that is not too far from the start, but I don't know any details. You can always make a reservation with an hotel or campground to apply for the visa, and if things change (i.e. if the organizers are able to get a temporary campground closer to the start), you can cancel the original reservation.
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Coming from Canada, I've never needed a Visa to get into France. But your situation might be different. You'll have to look up immigration websites and see. But no, the ACP (PBP organisers) don't get involved in anything like that. That's up to you. Same as the medical exam and letter you have to include with the application ... it's up to you to find a Dr to do that.

Check the town of Plasir (not sure of the spelling) near the start for accommodation as well.
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No need for a doctor's note this time.
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That's great. Last time, my doctor (who is a very keen cyclist) was away. The alternate doctor I saw just thought I was crazy! I'm sure he was thinking, psyc referral.
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Congratulations on being among the first contingent from your country to participate In PBP. That must be very exciting!
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Thanks for the replies, been a bit busy lately. Well like I said I've completed my series in Feb itself but yet to receive the certification numbers. Should I get back to the ACP rep for this??

@Marcello thanks for the detailed reply . I didn't knew that a campground can also be used to get VISA that's great because I plan to camp.

My plan is to come to France by first week of August & tour a little before the PBP, cause I'm not sure if I'd be in a position to be touring after PBP . So what's the best places to go touring in France? I'll also plan to ride on some popular TdF stage routes & some big climbs like Tourmalet & Ventoux.
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Hey KK,

For visa, it might be better to get some acco booking. You can later cancel it if you want to camp. Schengen visa requirements need you to account for every night that you are there with regard to stay. You might get away with saying that you are camping but why take the chance? This is from personal experience.

When is this trip? We are also touring in Provence in Aug, and doing [or trying] Ventoux too.

Edit: Saw that trip is 1st week of August. Shalini and I plan Ventoux on 6th or 7th August.

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Hey Doc, that's great.

Yeah my plan is to go there in the 1st week & then go about touring France & yes doing a few TdF stage climbs, cause I'm not sure how much strength will I have left in me after PBP. I was also thinking of riding the PBP route once before the actual event, but I guess it'll better kept as a surprise.
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You better look into bookings. we got a lot of 'full up' already for august, but finally the trip is in place and only one more booking needs to be done.

We land in Marseilles, and tour north till Mt Ventoux, and then west to Avignon, and back. 15 days and more of food and wine rather than cycling. well, except the Ventoux day :-)

Unlike our last tour in Bordeaux, where we were like 1 night every place and 2 at a few, this time we plan more stays of 2-3 nights at a place and a kind of hub and spoke rides from there.
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We're planning to go with a group, While camping sounds like a great idea there are a couple of things we're worried about.

1. How's the camping experience when the weather goes bad? - we don't wanna be all messed up before the ride.

2. During the ride what are the options for keeping extra luggage? eg Bike Box & large suitcase etc. We also plan to tour a little so what are the best options to store luggage?

3. we hear that Gites are good for groups, Any one knows if there are a few close to the start?
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