Paris-Brest-Paris: part two

Following on from last week’s documentary feature by Kieron Yates is a studio discussion of Paris-Brest-Paris, the world’s most venerable long distance bicycle race. In the studio are PBP veterans Judith Swallow and Dave Minter, and PBP debutant Pete Kelsey. Chris Ragsdale, one of this year’s stars, clocking in an exceptionally impressive sub-45 hour time, joins us down the line from his native Seattle.

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Image credit: Wig Worland, from Pete Kelsey’s short film Towards the Ocean.

  • http://www.in-the-saddle.com Damien Breen

    Great to hear Chris on the show, and that he’s set on coming back in 2015. I wrote an account of being part of his support crew which hopefully gives some more detail on Chris’s ride: http://in-the-saddle.com/2011/08/31/crewing-at-paris-brest-paris-2011-the-agony-the-ecstasy-the-falling-asleep/

    Even though I wasn’t riding, it was a great experience being part of such a huge event – seeing up close the incredible strength and stamina of the ‘vedettes’ such as Chris, and also all the guys we saw battling through the tiredness and some pretty hard conditions.

    P-B-P has a certain allure to it and is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ rides, and I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll see Jack doing it in four years time – no doubt on a Moulton!

  • http://www.etapereine.com Tarik Djeddour

    Great show Jack!
    I was the other half of Chris’s support crew with Damien. Really interesting to hear how the ‘non-elite’ riders saw the event and even more interesting to hear Chris say he’s coming back in 2015…He told me he was thinking of retiring! Amazing how the brain has a way of erasing the tough memories.
    Here’s a link to a video of Chris with the leaders at the finish for anyone interested. http://youtu.be/8m_6XvaWQ14
    Here’s to 2015!

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