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F is for..

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Philip Ferguson ( Castlereagh C.C) at PBP 1999.Rumours that he later joined a convent are unfounded.


there will be translators at all controls, easily identifiable by a different coloured tshirt to the rest of the volunteers. A clue to locating a translator is the presence of “Translation” written on tshirt. While these multi linguists are there to help you, make sure it is for something serious as opposed to “ where’s the sugar?”

Some important terms to be familiar with are:

A gauche – on the left,

A droite _ on the right,

Ralentisseurs – speed bumps,

Bonjour, est ce que vous pouvez m’aider? Je suis votre cousin Celtique, perdue et retrouve – Hello, can you help me? I am your long lost Celtic cousin. Please note this will only work in Brittany.

Family: Occasionally the tracking system malfunctions, showing that you have not made the control within the time limit. Let family and friends know that the electronic tracking system occasionally show false information. No need to panic, it usually will correct itself.

First Aid:

this service is well covered by The Red Cross (Croix Rouge), but once you seek their services they will be obliged to take responsibility for you. This can often take the form of enforced rest or withdrawal from the event. Many of the problems we encounter can be solved by a bit of rest, sleep, food or simply some “me time” to regroup your thoughts. Before reporting to La Croix Rouge some food and rest therapy first. If it is a serious illness/ injury seek assistance straight away.

B is for


The euphoria of crossing Le Pont Albert Louppe can lose it’s allure, after what seems like a never ending pilgrimage through the port of Brest. Several level crossings are included, these were well flagged in the last edition.

The actual control in Brest is located in a rambling Naval Institution with facilities spread throughout several buildings. Although Brest seems like an obvious point to stop, gather your thoughts and savour your achievements, be mindful that you can squander alot of time here picking your way through the various buildings. If you are feeling fresh, postpone the warm glow of reaching the half way point and push on for 35k to the pretty town of Sizun for food. Sizun is passed on the inward leg too.

Plan B: Plan A has already been discussed, while it is good to have a plan it is vitally important to be flexible and be able to default to Plan B. Headwinds, mechanicals, illness etc may cause you to be behind schedule (Plan A), time to be versatile and move to Plan B. Similarly if you find yourself ahead of schedule, flexibility is still called for. There’s no point stopping to sleep, while daylight is burning and the birds are singing just because that’s was part of your plan.

(The controle in Brest is going to be in a different location this year, so we won’t have the pleasure of riding throughout the city in heavy car traffic. In 2011 the controle in Brest was terrible, and the organizers have pledged to do better this year. Regardless, I also recommend stopping in Brest only to take an iconic picture on the bridge, and to get the card stamped before going to get food in Landerneau or Sizun)

F is For


Today’s Tour (Friday, July 10th 2015 – Stage 7 190.5km Livarot / Fougères) stage finishes in Fougères, which is a control town on PBP so take the afternoon off work and check it out. An impressive town it is too, the old part is on top of an impressive hill, a bit like Edinburgh Castle.



The 50 km section of today’s Tour stage from Lassay Les-Chateaux until a few km from Fougeres is all on the same route that PBP takes between Villaines and Fougeres. Tomorrow’s Tour stage section between Becherel and St.-Meen-le-Grand, 25 km long, is also on the same roads as the PBP route. I am sure you will not find a single pothole on those 75 km of PBP route (150 km including the return).


(Not much work getting done this afternoon then).