PBP: The Movie


Last week, Sur la Route de l’Extreme by Sandrine Lopez and Philip Dupuis was shown on French TV. It’s a well-done documentary of this year’s PBP, with beautiful shots showing the variety of randonneurs who participate, from the fastest to the slowest. There are great shots of the lead peloton. I loved a scene following a faired tricycle recumbent on a descent. In an evocative twilight scene, I spotted a friend leaning against a tree and napping. And I had tears in my eyes when a rider abandoned with back pain.
So you can watch it, too, we have put a recording on the Bicycle Quarterly server. Download it and watch it over the holidays (mp4 file, 155 MB, French language without subtitles). Enjoy!
We would like to wish Happy Holidays to all our readers and customers. May the new year bring you great rides and wonderful memories!

20 Responses to PBP: The Movie

  1. John B December 24, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    What do you suggest to play this mp4 file with in Windows?

  2. Pondero December 24, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Thanks, Jan, I’d like to view the movie, but had trouble with the “download” link. Can you check it?

  3. Tim Potter December 24, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Many thanks for the visual gift Jan! Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  4. Richard James December 24, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Neat film, worked fine with Media Player Classic. Subtitles would help fill in the gaps in my “PBP French”

  5. Lovely Bicycle! December 24, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Thank you, looking forward to watching this over the holiday break!

  6. John Romeo Alpha December 24, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Merci! Quicktime player plays mp4 with no trouble.

  7. John B December 24, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    No wonder my original download wouldn’t play for me. Looks like I only got half of the 155 MB the first time.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly December 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      We compressed it from the original (which took 6 hours to download), but it’s still a big file.

      • Alex December 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

        is it possible to provide a link to the original? or somehow let us know where to find it? thanks and happy holidays!

        • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly December 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

          The original was broadcast on French TV. There is no link. A friend recorded the broadcast and sent me an MP2 file. That was too large for downloading, so we converted it to an MP4 file, which is what you can download.

  8. k December 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Try Internet Explorer. Could not get to work with Chrome.

  9. Bill Russell December 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Although I don’t speak French, the potency of this film spoke volumes to me. Both ends of PBP are covered: the power and pressure of riding with the front group, as well as the protracted miseries of life at the rear. Bravo!

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly December 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      Yes, it’s a neat movie. I only wished for a little more coverage of the riders in the “middle,” who have neither the pressure of the lead group, nor the stress of the time limit closing in. To me, that is perhaps the best way of doing PBP.

  10. fabiozen December 28, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks for this great film.

  11. Gert Pagter December 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Thank You
    Beatiful film, but You are right about the lack of riders in the “middle”, but there is not much drama in the middle, so it is understandable.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly December 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      not much drama in the middle

      Not much drama, but a lot of beauty. Seeing riders enter a control, unhurried, but purposeful, and getting back on the road within 10 minutes after having eaten a bowl of soup, would pretty inspirational to me.

      • Richard James December 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

        I agree! Tough event to film because there is no time for mid-ride coverage/interviews for those enjoying a great ride in and around the bulge. Watching riders adapt to conditions and the realities of PBP (vs. expectations) was an impressive sight

  12. Carl Morin (5583) January 1, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Brought back a lot of memories… Thank you for sharing.
    I was amongst those “lagging” behind with 87hrs and 26 minutes.
    I had not intention to race, and although I understand the appeal, and understanding it was my first PBP, I suspect most riders wanted to complete the ride as best as they could with the resources they had, as I was.
    I had no support whatsoever at the controls, besides what the organization arranged (which was top notch in my humble opinion), and had to carry all my stuff with me.
    I salute the “first wave speedsters”, but I also have a lot of respect for those that took this ride with all their stuff, and completed it before the end.
    I also appreciate how supportive the population was along the path; I never expected such support for cyclists. It still brings tears to my eyes remembering the smiles and warm words of support and I feel I never thanked them enough for that.
    This was an awesome documentary, and I appreciate you sharing it.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly January 1, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      Congratulation on completing PBP. I would not call your time “lagging” at all. Riding within your limits, with some margin to the time limit, is what PBP is about. It sounds like you had a great time, too. I agree that PBP is a very emotional experience, because of the support of the local population.