The world’s largest cyclosportive only occurs once every four years and we now know the dates for the legendary 1200 kilometre Paris-Brest-Paris challenge.

The twentieth edition will take place from 20-24 August 2023, with more than 8,000 riders from around 70 different countries accepting the ultimate cyclosportive challenge .

First organised by Audax Club Parisien in 1891, Paris-Brest-Paris is the oldest bicycling event in the world still run on a regular basis on open roads. Beginning on the southern side of the French capital, it travels 600 kilometres west through Brittany to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic Ocean before returning along the same route.  With 10,000 meters of climbing in addition to the massive distance, BPB is not for the faint of heart.

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A 90-hour time limit ensures that only the most hard-core amateur cyclists (professionals are forbidden) earn the prestigious PBP finisher’s medal and have their name entered into the event’s “Great Book” along with every other finisher going back to the very first PBP.  To become a PBP ancien (or ancienne for the ladies) is to join a very elite group of cyclists who have successfully completed this mighty challenge. 

Registration, route and tips for success available HERE.

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