PBP vs LEL on 30 counts1 min read

A crude comparison between arguably the world’s two most popular international Audax events.

Paris-Brest-Paris is older than the Olympic Games and the Tour de France, while it’s English cousin London-Edinburgh-London is widely regarded as one of the best-organised Randonnées (French for excursion). Below is 30 things I have experienced during each one. Stats are at the time of writing.

Paris-Brest-Paris vs London-Edinburgh-London

EventPBPLEL
OrganiserACPAUK
Held every4 years4 years
Since18911989
Age126 years28 years
Editions18 to date8 to date
Next one20192021
Cyclists60001500
Distance1230 km1440 km
Limit90 hrs117 hrs
Minimum13.6 km/h12.3 km/h
Timingeach controljust overall
Elevation11000 m11000 m
Profilerolling hillslong climbs
Routemarkedunmarked
Entry fee€115/R1.8k£319/R5.4k
Basispay as you goall inclusive
Valuegoodgreat
Drop bagsexcludedincluded
Controlsfranticorganised
Beersat controlsat the pub
LanguageFrenchEnglish
Atmospherefestivequiet
Crowdsmassiveminute
Sceneryruraldiverse
Surfacesmoothless so
TimeAugustAugust
Daylight13.5 hrs15 hrs
Rain20%, 30mm30%, 50mm
Wind8 km/h9 km/h
Day Temp14-25°C11-23°C
Finishers75% (2015)55% (2017)
Entriesqualifylottery
Tri-barsnoneallowed
Summarylong rideadventure
RWGPSPBP 2015LEL
MoreFacebookFacebook

Should you do it? Without question.

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