Re: [Classicrendezvous] Randonneur Riding, and Paris-Brest-Paris

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Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 01:43:48 EDT
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Randonneur Riding, and Paris-Brest-Paris

Greetings Larry and all,

You have a unique resource in your club or nearby. Mike Barry (His son is a pro racer (jr)) runs Bicycle Specialties in Toronto and has done the Raid Pyrenees and told me it was the hardest thing he ever did, and the man has some good riding behind him.

I did a 600km in 1984 a year after PBP in Toronto and had a blast. Mike helped organize and it was great fun as we used many miles of excellent dirt and gravel roads and we lucky as it rained most of the way (not the whole way after all). Nice cold and invigorating that rain, not like that bathwater we sometimes get in our North Carolina summertime storms. I rode my chrome Rene Herse on it's second 600km on that ride, one of many to follow.

Gilbert "remembering the grand days of the wheel" Anderson

In a message dated 10/25/00 3:10:43 AM, writes:

<< We have a website for our Toronto Randonneurs,, and if you go to the links page you can

connect with most of the other Randonneur clubs in the world. You might

want to try "Pyreneen Newsletter", and then look up the "Raid Pyreneen".

This is the event that our club is attempting to complete next September as

a group. The event goes from the Atlantic to the Med, along the

French-Spanish border and takes in just about every Pyreneen col used in the

Tour and a few more besides. By comparison to the Paris-Brest-Paris, you

are given 100 hours to complete a mere 750km. Should be a piece of cake.

I've been told that there are some hills, though...


Larry >>