|Date||Time||Distance||Time Limit||Cue Sheet||Cost|
|January 30||7:00AM||200 km||13:30||200k.zip||$25|
Note: Yes, "Series" is a bit of a stretch -- there's only one ride. The idea is to add a ride a year: 300K in 2017, 400K in 2018, and return to a full series in 2019, the year Paris-Brest-Paris will next be held.
Cue sheets are from earlier years. Final versions won't be available until the Tuesday before the event.
Hard copy will be provided at check in, but presbyopic cyclists may want to print an enlarged version.
Rumor has it the latest AcrobatReader
has this capability.
Once upon a time, PBP was the only 1200K event in the years when it was held. In off years, various surrogate rides were held in its stead. By 2011, PBP participation had grown so much that the event was nearly unmanagable, and alternative events were allowed in PBP years. Now you can choose from several 1200K rides that don't require foreign travel, but you'll be crazy not to try the real thing if you can.
Brevets are not races; published results traditionally list the finishers alphabetically and may not even include their times. For example, you'll have to look toward the bottom of the final Boston-Montreal-Boston (2006) finisher list to find GCC's own Andrea "the Italian Stallion" Tosolini, who was only the second cyclist ever to complete the gruelling ride in less than 50 hours. Andrea was unable to convince the officials to sort by first names!
However, there is a time limit. This limit includes the minutes spent eating, fixing flats, and on the longer rides, sleeping. All but the shortest brevet (200 km/125 miles) require some night riding, and good lighting is essential. Along the route, riders are required to stop at controls to get an authenticating stamp on their brevet cards. Each control has its own time window within which the authentication must occur to avoid disqualification. Riders should also anticipate one or more secret controls whose location will not be revealed in advance.
Unlike traditional century rides which may feature rest stops every 20 miles or so, the Gainesville Cycling Club brevets are unsagged and minimally supported. Controls are mostly convenience stores, and riders who abandon will need to arrange their own transportation back to the start/finish.
Randonneurs are a hardy lot. These rides will take place rain or shine, wind or cold, sleet or snow (although the last two are extremely rare in Florida). The course is not marked. Finding one's way is part of the fun. Getting lost is sometimes part of the experience.
By popular demand, we now accept credit-card payment via PayPal. You need not be a PayPal member, but they'll try to fool you into joining. Be careful, and you can evade conscription.
To save $5 per ride, and get the benefits of Gainesville Cycling Club membership, prepare a club membership application before registering for a Brevet.
Please preregister. If decide not to ride, just notify me before the start, and your registration fee will be cheerfully refunded.
After hearing no complaints in 2015, we'll again use the Quality Inn, 2435 SW 13th Street, as our primary motel. I was assured you'll get the same discounted rate of $70/night (+tax = $78.40). To get this rate make make your reservation at least two weeks in advance, and mention the Gainesville Cycling Club. Reservations: (352)373-6500. Streetview, or for your GPS: 29.629502, -82.338769.
Note: This is NOT the Quality Inn on I-75!