PBP 2023 is scheduled to run between August 20 and 24. The starting town is Rambouillet (view on Google Maps). I've put the approximate route on cycling.routes.fun. This is a massive event, and 8000+ riders are expected to take part. There are also qualifying criteria, and a pre-qualifying period (starting from Jan 14) to get your entry in sooner.
I have my custom dot-watcher which I am making free to the first 50 subscribers! It is a manual process of tracking, so you update your own location as and when you see fit (or remember). Here is the link: PBP 2023 dot-watcher on cycling.routes.fun.
The most significant criterion is having to ride a "BRM SR" in the same calendar year as PBP. A BRM SR is a "Super Randonneur" award where all of the rides are classified as "Brevet de Randonneurs Mondiaux" (NOT the same as a regular Brevet de Randonneurs). For confirmation, see these pages on audax.uk: event classification; randonneur awards.
Here are the dates when qualifying BRMs must be ridden:
As far as I can gather, the ability to pre-qualify gives you a bigger choice of start times. The longer your qualifying ride in 2022, the sooner you can pre-qualify. Note that this year is unusual in that it includes London-Edinburgh-London (a 1500km BRM event), so there will be loads of people being able to pre-qualify with a 1000km+ distance. To pre-register, head over to this page on the ACP website!
There were 7600 places available (including 1550 starting early Monday morning); as of Jan 31 there are 3100.
A UK pubinar was organised in October, aimed primarily at PBP first-timers. It was at The Compasses in Littley Green near Chelmsford, and there's a thread all about it on yacf. Also in that thread, Lightning Phil has very kindly given an overview of the timescales and what's required to get a place. Nick has made the audio available (with lots of background noise) at Nextcloud.
There's also lots of information supplied by Cambridge Audax: Cambridge PBP Pubinar #1 - The Red Lion, Histon (18 June, 2019).
Here's a useful write-up of PBP 2019.
Olaf Storbeck has put together an excellent comparison of LEL and PBP which can help to understand the wildly different atmospheres at these events.
Category: Audax: long-distance cycling
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