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How to follow PBP?

Old 02-04-19, 09:02 AM
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How to follow PBP?

Newbie question.... I'm interested in randonneuring, but the closest rando club is hours away. Consequently, I'm not connected any people in the know about PBP.

I understand that PBP is happening this year. I'd like to follow it online and learn about the route, but especially about the event itself and the experiences of those participating. I'm sure it's not broadcasted like the Tour de France is. Is it covered at all for those not attending or participating? Are there websites everyone PBP-interested knows to check out before or during the event? Is there anything of interest for the non-randonneur cycling enthusiast beyond finding out who has qualified for PBP? I'm not even sure what I should be looking for beyond the rider's history and the general mechanics of randonneuring.

Help me know what I don't know....
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Old 02-05-19, 12:51 PM
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watching rider progress is approximately half as interesting as watching paint dry. It is possible. I wonder if people put their rides on spotwalla.

I would say there are plenty of videos on youtube that are as interesting as anything else. And you don't have to wait

One thing I found following someone I know on RAAM was that finding their location on street view was really interesting. For a lot of us, looking at street view along the route of PBP is enough to make us want to get on a plane right now.
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There will be a way to follow specific riders if you want. I don't think that will be set up yet ... not until riders get their numbers.
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the rider tracking provided by the organizers only shows when the rider checked into the controls. Now I'm thinking about setting up a tracking site for people with tracking devices that allows people join up.
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the rider tracking provided by the organizers only shows when the rider checked into the controls. Now I'm thinking about setting up a tracking site for people with tracking devices that allows people join up.
I'd do that! I will have my SPOT on me.

To the OP -- it's not an organized stream of information, but the pbp2015 hashtag on twitter and instagram had some fun posts, and you don't need an account to read through a hashtag. I expect people will use pbp2019 this time -- looks like there's already some posts -- lots of screenshots of people's registration page:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/pbp2019
https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/pbp2019/
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Thanks for pointing out those hashtags. I will have to figure out how to tweet a picture. Or maybe instagram. My instagram account is barren of posts at this point

I probably will set up a spotwalla group tracking event. Spotwalla is a lot nicer than the spot website because your ride doesn't go away. https://www.spotwalla.com/

I am going to look into the tracking site that they use for TABR and the divide race, but I'm not sure if I can set up a page there.

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Old 02-06-19, 06:15 PM
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I was thinking of trackleaders. I think you might have to pay for that though. I sent them an email anyway.

Looks like there is a spotwalla page being set up. I'll post more info when it happens

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Thanks for all the responses, folks. This has been helpful for understanding a bit of how it all works.
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I'm working on a project called DotWatcher (dotwatcher.cc) and we're thinking up creative ways we can track riders throughout PBP. We've typically covered events that have SPOT tracking but this one could be more difficult. I'm hoping to get in touch with organisers and riders who are taking part to cover all bases. Watch this space!
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I have watched dots on TABR. I think PBP will be difficult to dot watch unless the dots are very small. There are some visualizations online of the sheer mass of people on PBP and the distance they are along the course. It's a moving Gaussian distribution.

http://www.gicentre.org/pbp2015/

select "progress chart (animation) and hit update chart. It's a lot more fun if you know someone riding and their number

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Old 03-27-19, 07:13 AM
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That's so cool, thanks for sharing that.
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PBP reminded me of this post after the 2015 edition: https://www.bikeforums.net/long-dist...-baguette.html
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That's a good story. He's lucky he's so nice because there is a maximum speed you can go and he exceeded it, so they could have dnf'd him. I have heard there is no food for faster riders, because none of them use it, but he got food at every control but one. So he didn't really finish on cashews or a baguette.

His concern for the slow riders he saw on the way to Brest when he was returning to Paris is well taken. I have always thought that time in the saddle is just as hard on you at a slower pace as it is at a faster pace. And also, I slept for 6 hours out of the last 12.

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