Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur kicks off today

Paris-Brest-Paris, the 1200-kilometre long event for cyclotourists, starts today in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, on the outskirts of the French capital, near Versailles. The event started in 1891, but is not held every year. For a while it was only twice per decade, but has been going on at a four-year interval since 1971.

More than 4,000 riders will be at the start and will have a maximum of 90 hours to complete it. The event is more a struggle against oneself than against other fellow competitors. There is no podium and know list of 'winners,' to keep it a non-competitive environment.

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