Cue Sheets, GPS Files, and Planning Spreadsheet for PBP 2015

NOTE: This is not a DC Randonneurs event.  These files are posted for the convenience of DCR members.  Participation in PBP 2015 is at the rider’s own risk.  Official PBP 2015 cue sheets supercede anything posted here.  Everything posted here is to be used at the rider’s own risk, neither DC Randonneurs nor Nick Bull bears any liability for your use.  By continuing to read &/or download any files, you accept these terms.

The cue sheets for the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris 1200km are posted at These are all based on an 18:15, 90-hour group departure.  You’ll need to change control times as appropriate for your starting group and time limit.

Note that the cue sheets have been revised to account for possible variations from the official route contained in the Dossier that are implied by the routes that you can download from the official PBP website’s links to the interactive OpenRunner maps.  There are three such variations.  The first two are in the leg between SQY and Mortagne-au-Perche: First, near Elancourt;  second, at Chateauneuf-des-Thymerais.  The third is in the leg between Fougeres and Villaines-la-Juhel, in Lassay-Les-Chateux. These possible variations are shown in a “box” at the relevant location in the cue sheet.

There are half a dozen files there. PBP_15_Official_Cue.doc is a “word” version of the official cue sheet extracted from the official Dossier PDF.  PBP_15_Cue.xls is a spreadsheet that is based on the official cue sheet but is augmented by more-detailed cues taken from the GPS route posted below.  For example, the official cue sheet seldom designates which direction to turn at intersections.  And at some controls, it does not provide detail that matches the turns taken by the official tracks, e.g. compare the route into Mortagne shown on the official tracks posted on the PBP website with the cue on the cue sheet which just says “MORTAGNE”.

Based on the Excel file, a cue-sheet version designed to be folded in quarters: PBP_15_Cue.doc and its PDF version.  And a cue-sheet designed to be folded in half and fit into the map case of a handlebar bag, most easily printed from PBP_15_Cue-2Up.pdf.

I think the cue sheet is pretty self explanatory based on the “Key”.  It is in the standard DCR format.  Control opening times are noted with “OP:” and closing with “CL:”.   At each control I have my target arrival (A), stoppage (S), sleep (Sp, where appropriate) and departure (D) times, for example Loudeac has: A17:45 S33 Sp180 D21:19.

A PBP planning spreadsheet is provided as

It is intended to be easy to use and opens to a page that describes how to use it.  The spreadsheet is set up for an 18:15, 90-hour start.  You can easily change it to any other 90-hour group starting time.  It should be adaptable to an 84-hour or 80-hour start time–you will need to adjust the control times in columns U and V of the Summary_Calculations page.  There may be other gotchas.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to settings similar to those below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

Generally, the routes go from control to control but do not break at info controls. The primary reason to do this is that it avoids the GPS getting confused on out-and-back segments.

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted at

There are two files. PBP_15v2.gdb and PBP_15v2.gpx.  The tracks in those files are the official tracks downloaded from the PBP website’s OpenRunner interactive links. To accomodate the possible variations in the route implied by the differences between the Dossier route and the interactive OpenRunner route, the files include two alternatives for the first route (SQY->Mortagne) and for the 12th route (Fougeres->Villaines).  The “V2″ variation matches the OpenRunner route, the other variation matches the Dossier route. Once you see the final cue sheet, I recommend comparing that to my unofficial cue sheet, and keeping whichever of these GPS route variations most closely matches the official cue sheet and deleting the other.

Climbing cues are provided in the GPS file for climbs of more than 400 feet.  To read them:  A cue like C7.8m59to151 means “From here, you’ll be climbing for 7.8 miles for an altitude change of 590 feet, ending up at an altitude of 1510 feet.

NOTE: The GPS file started with the 2011 route and then updated to capture the changes to the route in 2015.  I downloaded the OpenSourceMap from Garmin and used that for updating using MapSource and will be using that on my  GPS.  Lots of roads and intersections moved around between my 2009 Garmin maps and the OSM. So there are lots of places where the GPS _directions_ do stupid things like instead of telling you to go straight, they might tell you to take a left and then do a U-turn and take another left.  But if you’re looking at the purple line on the map, you can see it is telling you to go straight.

I NEVER FOLLOW THE GPS DIRECTIONS: INSTEAD I LOOK AT THE PURPLE LINE!  The purple line shows you the general picture of where you are trying to get to, and then it’s usually pretty easy to see what to do to get there.

RWGPS files consistent with the route contained in PBP_15.gdb are here:

Out (Paris-Brest):

Or for the possible variation from the Dossier:

Back (Brest-Paris):

Or for the possible variation from the Dossier:

Cheat sheet: pbp15_dropdead.pdf

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