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This year the Paris - Brest - Paris will be run, a race with a single stage and 1,200 km of distance, with a time limit of 90 hours. This event, which dates back to 1891, is currently the largest and most important Brevet in the world with 6,000 participants. This event is held every 4 years. A new edition will take place on August 20, 2023.

In order to participate in the PBP, four brevets approved by the Audax Club Parisien must be completed in the year in which the event takes place: one of 200Km, one of 300Km, one of 400Km, and one of 600Km. For this reason in 2023 Bikepacking Ecuador brings you the 4 approved brevets.

The first brevet will be the Brevet de la Culebra, a route of 200Km, 4000m+, with a maximum time to complete it of 1:30 p.m., and which goes as follows:

Seven hundred – Simón Bolívar – Ruta Viva – Redondel de Palugo – E35 – Quinche – Cusubamba – Cayambe – Tabacundo – Tocachi – Malchinguí – Jerusalem – Puellaro – Culebrillas – Middle of the World – Manuel Córdova Highway – Av. La Prensa – Av. Amazonas – Av. .nn. USA – Seven hundred

The fundamental characteristics of the brevets is that they are ultra-long distance events, self-supplied, and with open traffic. Therefore:
1. The cyclist knows and assumes the entire risk involved in riding a bicycle on roads with open traffic; and releases the organizer from all responsibility.
2. The cyclist must have experience to navigate these ultra long distance and self catered events.
3. The cyclist must be self-sufficient in food, water, basic bicycle mechanics, and protection from the elements (rain, cold, heat, sun). And you must be aware of the dangers that come with a lack of these elements or overexposure to these elements.
4. The cyclist must be able to withdraw from the event by his own means in case of mechanical damage, health problems, blows, fatigue or others. In other words, you must have money and a cell phone to be able to ask for help from family, friends, or transportation services.
5. The cyclist must have and know how to use GPS devices since the route is not marked and therefore its navigation and registration is essential. The route is completely mandatory and any omission of it is grounds for disqualification. If a cyclist leaves the route for any reason, they must return to the route at the same place where they left it.
6. The cyclist can make use of the services that are open to the public, such as shops, restaurants, hotels, mechanics, etc.
7. The cyclist could not receive private supply or vehicular accompaniment. This is grounds for disqualification.
8. The cyclist can circulate in a group of cyclists, but he cannot carry gregarious, much less use a motorized vehicle.
9. The cyclist must respect traffic regulations, circulate to the right, and it is mandatory to have a red rear light on all the time. In addition, reflective vests, front light, high visibility clothing, and the greatest possible precaution are recommended.

Requirements for the Brevet de la Culebra:
1. Starting point: Seven hundred, cycling shop in Quicentro Shopping
2. Date: Saturday March 18
3. Time to sign the Exit on the Registration Sheet: 5:40 a.m.
4. Departure time: 6:00 a.m.
5. You must register the route taken in Strava and be a member of the Strava Bikepacking Ecuador Club.
6. There are 2 Virtual Control Points (PC) where you must take a photo, upload it to Instagram (at least for the day of the event), and tag Bikepacking Ecuador. These points are Malchinguí Central Park and Middle of the World
7. The Arrival must be signed on the Registration Sheet with the official time in seven hundred.

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