mini-S7304210.JPG (113152 bytes)August 21-24, 2007--Campy Only's Eric Norris took part in the 16th Paris-Brest-Paris, covering the 1,225-kilometer course in 83:09 on a fixed gear (running 72 gear inches the entire ride).  Presented below, photos from the ride. More captions coming soon.

Updated 9-5-07--Check out this page at Fixed Gear Gallery, which features several shots of our fixed gear Quickbeam Scroll down to see our green bike.

Day One (Tuesday, August 21, 2007)

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Riders gather inside the gymnasium to get their brevet cards signed and cards swiped
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The "Before" photo
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Ken McClain and Peter Burnett
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Our brevet card is signed for the first time
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Waiting outside for the start
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Ken, Peter, and Eric wait for the start
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First ride shot!
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Paris-Brest pastries were yummy
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First Control: Mortagne-

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Hand-painted welcome sign at Mortagne
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It's still a long way to Brest!
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Heading down yet another French village street

Second Control: Villaines-la-Juhel

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The control at Villaines was set up like a Tour de France stage finish.
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Picturesque toppled column.
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Fourth Control: Tinteniac

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Inside the "quick food" section at Tinteniac. I slept for 15 minutes on top of a stack of gym mats.
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Two fixies ready to ride.
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Food selection at Tinteniac.
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Paul Guttenberg, looking a little tired
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Creative translation: "crudites" becomes "crudeness of rice"
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This family was up at 4 a.m. making free coffee and tea for us ... 
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... They had a small kitchen set up in their garage.
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This bar/restaurant outside Loudeac offered the chance to sleep on a clean, dry floor out of the rain. We stopped here and slept for an hour.

Fifth Control: Loudeac

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Trudging to the control to check in.
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Nodding off.
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As the Rocky Horror song goes, "Madness takes its toll..."
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Shower facilities in Loudeac.
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Drop bags at Loudeac 
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Day Two (Wednesday, August 22, 2007)

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The very striking bridge at Brest
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Eighth Control: Carhaix-Plouger

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Utterly exhausted at Carhaix, this rider came up with a creative sleep solution
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More sleep solutions ... 
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... and more.
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Drink selection.
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Bread and cutlery.
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When you're tired, any place looks good for a rest. This rider picked a spot under a table.
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This sausage stand--and the nearby tent that let us get in out of the rain--was a welcome stop. I ate a sausage sandwich and fries, washed down with a bowl of coffee.
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Ninth Control: Loudeac

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Cots and sleeping riders at Loudeac.
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It was actually pretty quiet here, and a bit smelly. Everyone was starting to smell rank at this point.
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This way to Paris!
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Secret Control

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We stopped at a cafe in the wee hours. This rider asked for the coffee grounds used to make his espresso--he then ate them.
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Classic PBP scene--face down asleep on the side of the road
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Last Day: Friday, August 24

Last Control: Dreux

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The "After" photo, taken after 83 hours of riding with three hours' sleep. I felt much worse than I looked
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Post-ride photo: Washing our bike in the fountain at Saint Quentin. It was fun and helped get the rainy muck off.

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