One of my all-time greatest adventures—and also a dream come true—was riding in the 2003 edition of Paris-Brest-Paris, the oldest bicycle race in the world still in existence today. It is a shame, then, that despite an obsessive-compulsive habit of documenting almost anything I want to remember for the rest of my life, I never wrote a full race report for it.
Fortunately, though, I did create a Powerpoint slideshow for it since I was asked to talk about it at the 2004 Annual Dinner for the MG Owners Club. And in organizing some computer files, I managed to find an audio recording of a rehearsal for the slideshow.
So I spliced the Powerpoint slides and original recording together to make the following videos. There are two parts: one for Paris-Brest-Paris itself, and another for cars seen in France. (The audience were vintage British sports car enthusiasts, after all.)
The audio is not very polished—it was from a first practice run—but if you can forgive that, enjoy. Memories!
Part 1: Paris-Brest-Paris
YouTube video (16:39)
Part 2: Cars in France
YouTube video (5:00)