Paris Brest Paris (PBP)
Audax Club Parisien organizes the Paris Brest Paris Randonneur a long distance cycling event widely known as PBP. A 1230 km ride that has to be completed in 90 hours; it is conducted every 4 years. Originally staged by Le Petit Journal in 1891, PBP is the oldest cycling event in the world that is still being conducted on a regular basis.
India participated for the first time in 2011 which lead to the huge growth in Randonneuring in India. The last 19th edition which started from Rambouillet near Paris on 18th August 2019 saw 300 Indians attempt the historic event. The next 20th edition will be held from 20th to 24th August 2023.
INDIA’S participation in London Edinburgh London (LEL)
London Edinburgh London (LEL) is conducted every 4 years, with a 2 year gap between LEL and PBP. 8 participants attempted LEL 2013 and only 1 participant Hiren Patel who had attempted and dnfed at PBP 2011 was able to finish in time. A much larger contingent of participants from India attempted LEL 2017. Of the 53 participants, 10 finished in time and 7 completed the distance but outside of Time Limits. The next edition of LEL will be conducted in 2021, details of which can be found on their website - www.londonedinburghlondon.com