Gerrit is an ordinary cyclist (so he says) and a veteran (“ancièn”) Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) rider. He completed his second PBP in 2003 and makes his third attempt in 2015. His equipment needs typify those of Audax riders: something “that just works“. We took that to mean reliable, robust and simple – the way we like it too. Cyclec set Gerrit up with a PV-8 dynamo hub from SP Dynamo, and a B&M Luxos U, fork crown-mounted light. The light’s well-defined rectangular beam pattern provides sufficient light (a deep and wide beam with its brightest point 10 meters away) without intruding on fellow riders. The light’s USB output enables charging of electronic devices in daylight mode.
Gerrit is delighted with the light. “No more batteries or searches for power points to charge rechargeable batteries. And no need to carry extra cell phone batteries since the USB port works perfectly.”
What is PBP?
PBP is the queen Audax event. It is an unsupported long distance ride that takes place every 4 years. Paris to Brest and back again is 1,200km. To qualify for PBP, riders must complete 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km rides under the rules prescribed – i.e., at a minimum speed of 15 km/h and a maximum speed of 30 km/h, completely unsupported. In South Africa, because of the danger posed on tar roads to riders, the DirtDax rides have begun. Same rules, on a dirt road with mtbs – it’s twice as hard. Gerrit did two DirtDax rides in addition to the tar qualifiers. PBP 2015 started on Sunday 16 August 2015. We are all cheering, Gerrit – for you and the 13 other South Africans taking part!
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