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Old 04-24-19, 09:01 PM
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I found out the other day that PBP has hit its limits on the number of entries first time ever. Over 7,000 people will likely line up this year, which in itself makes the event a record, but also more difficult to control.

The start also has been moved as well.

In a way, PBP is an event that I have started twice, finished once, and one that doesn't have much interest for me to be a participant in again when there are several other 1200s elsewhere in the world that I would be happier to ride.

I know all this is not particularly relevant for the OP, but it does represent the need to research and get as much useful information on an event that may affect the participation.
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Hopefully it will be closer to 6000 people. Which still will be a problem, but not quite as bad. At this point, I just have to finish a 600k and then I'll start trying to map out places to buy food that aren't at the controls
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
I didn’t finish for the follow reasons: over weight by 25lbs, .... riding solo.
I vote for the lighter carbon bike for the ride because of this .
Westfields 200k rides are pretty fast and if you want to stay with the group, at least till the first or second control you need the fastest and lightest bike.
A 200k is not a long distance ride. Usually, initially the group moves pretty fast above 20-25 mph.
You could finish the ride with both bikes, but with the heavier steel bike you have a better chance to ride alone and not use the draft(speed) of the fast moving group.

For a novice brevet rider you have a better chance of finishing the ride if you ride with the group as much as possible and keep the speed up also, at least in the beginning. When you gain more brevet experience you can experiment with different bikes and ride solo or with groups fast or slow as you like .
It goes without saying the bike should be comfortable on any ride. I also think that a carbon bike could be very comfortable as long as it fits.

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Sometimes, barfing is what your body needs to do on a brevet. Randonneuring is weird.

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You need to answer this yourself. You will need to get in some long rides prior to the big event. Use each bike for the training rides and decide which one works best for you. Time on the seat is needed to finish comfortable. Good luck, MikeB
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