Of all the 1200k events offered in in the US in 2018, the Coulee Challenge is closest to what riders will experience in France in 2019. The overall amount of climbing is about the same as PBP. The Coulee ride has more overall climbs, some of them steep, but a good part of the course is rolling hills on quiet roads, very similar to Western France. The road surface quality of the Coulee Challenge is very good to excellent, similar to PBP roads.
Riders that complete the Coulee Challenge in 2018 will be well prepared for PBP in 2019.
As part of the pre-ride activities, we are planning to hold at least one PBP based seminar on the day before the ride. This will be for first time and experienced PBP riders to get the details on how to plan your trip and what to expect. There are a number of changes since PBP 2015 that riders will need to know about.