At one time as many at 19 trains per day stopped at the Lexington Depot,in Lexington, Massachusetts. Now the rail line which ran past it has been repurposed as the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, and so it is a fitting location for bicycling events. The Charles River Wheelers bicycle club hosted a discussion of the epic bicycle ride Paris Bret Paris at the Depot on February 27, 2019.
Charles River Wheelers members have had an illustrious showing in PBP and several member gave presentations. A video recording of the event was made, and all of the talks are now available on the Internet.
Melinda Lyon, two times the first female finisher, made brief comments and answered questions.
Harriet Fell was among the first Americans to finish PBP, in 1975. The photos were as entertaining as her stories. She described the haystack she slept in and the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle that stopped her, not to arrest her as she feared, but merely to stamp her brevet card for the secret control.
Elizabeth Wicks, oldest American woman to finish PBP, described her experience and gave advice.
Patria Vandermark and Henry van den Broek showcased the Seven bicycle that Henry rode in the 2015 PBP, emphasizing that a comfortable bike and palatable nutrition are critical for success on a long-distance ride.