News

  • 2015 January

    During the 2014 Awards ceremony of the Audax Club Parisien, the PBP2015 brochure is distributed to attendees
  • 2014 October

    The PBP 2015 will start from the Velodrome National
  • 2014 January

    During the 2013 Awards ceremony of the Audax Club Parisien, the first PBP2015 brochures are distributed to attendees.
  • 2013 December

    The PBP 2015 will be hosted under the auspice of the FFCT. A partnership agreement is signed during the FFCT's General Assembly in Biarritz.
  • 2013 July

    A framework agreement between the ACP and the Urban Community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is signed.
  • 2013 May

    Robert Lepertel, Architect of the Modern PBP, dies at 88
  • 2013 February

    All the chekpoints of the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur are OK for the next edition in 2015.

Who can believe it ?



Yes, who can believe it ? This time, I have done it. My second attempt has been a good one, and I can’t resist sharing my happiness with you.

I just have succeeded in finishing the "Paris-Brest-Paris". The favourable weather conditions have helped me a lot during my adventure : not a single drop of rain during the four days of cycling ; a lot of sun, but mild temperatures ; few winds, and when it was blowing, it was a side wind or better, ¾ tailwind… a real dream ! On the other hand, the nights and dawns were very cold (5° or 6°), sometimes with fog patches that we would like to have avoided.

My bike was up to the event, answering docilely to each of my requests. A few days before the start, it caused me big problems due to the lighting, but thanks to the efforts of my three friends and a broomstick, the repair to my two front lights was perfect. Besides, an expert friend had properly serviced the entire bike, so I had no problems : not a single scrap-iron squeak to stress me, not a single flat tire. A lovely bike ! Thank Michel !

I guess my training was done well (8500km), because I never suffered, expect from lack of sleep, of course ! If I do the necessary calculations, here is a record of my sleep time : first night = 0 h ; second night = 1 h ; third
night = 2 h ; fourth night = 0 h. And I am known as someone who needs a lot of sleep ! But I will lie if don’t mention the little 5-10 minute rest stops, I granted myself from time to time, lying at the side of the road, alongside many other riders. When I felt sleepy, I wobbled on my bike and I couldn’t ride any farther without being dangerous to others and to myself.

Faithful to myself and to my solitary nature, I rode alone most of the time, integrating from time to time with packs of riders, or other isolated riders like myself when the opportunity presented itself. I have to say that, before starting, I decided that it was better to ride alone at my own pace instead of trying to stick to the speed set by the pack and pay the price. This “strategy” was good because I progressed at my own speed and sometimes I was even able to have a little chat with other riders (notably many English or American riders). That’s also part of Paris-Brest-Paris ; the encounters that I am not going to forget !

Some memories are engraved on me forever :

But why, you might ask, did I fail in 1999 and succeed this year ? It’s simple; the "mental" attitude made the difference. This year, I decided that nothing could make me fail to succeed ! I knew that the road was long and hard (1 230km in distance and 10 000m of climbing !) that the fatigue throughout the ride would be hard to endure, and that sometimes I would get discouraged. Certainly, I had a few times like this, but each time I convinced myself it was only occasionally, and with a bit of patience, the sleepy feeling would go away, the top form would come back, and I would be in fine spirits again. Can you believe it ? It happened exactly like that ! Perhaps I didn’t have enough confidence in myself in 1999, and this time, I succeeded in convincing myself before the start that I could do this Paris-Brest-Paris. Strengthened by all these convictions, I easily climbed every single hill and I arrived in top form, radiant, and delighted to have lived this marvellous adventure.

We were 4 069 on the start line headed to Brest, and we were only 3 471 at the end, about 15% withdrew. History will show that I rode this 1 241km in 89 hours. Myself, I will quickly forget these figures; because they are really small things compared with all the memories I have shared with you, and which are still buzzing in my memory.

Agnès Méoulet-Morieux N° 2773
Villiers Saint Frédéric - France

 

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