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
|Held every||4 years||4 years|
|Age||126 years||28 years|
|Editions||18 to date||8 to date|
|Distance||1230 km||1440 km|
|Limit||90 hrs||117 hrs|
|Minimum||13.6 km/h||12.3 km/h|
|Timing||each control||just overall|
|Elevation||11000 m||11000 m|
|Profile||rolling hills||long climbs|
|Basis||pay as you go||all inclusive|
|Beers||at controls||at the pub|
|Daylight||13.5 hrs||15 hrs|
|Rain||20%, 30mm||30%, 50mm|
|Wind||8 km/h||9 km/h|
|Finishers||75% (2015)||55% (2017)|
Should you do it? Without question.
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