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Starting today, Larry Kluck of Eureka is competing in the Paris-Brest-Paris Race for a historic seventh time, at the age of 70.

The Paris-Brest-Paris Race is a 760-mile bicycle race in which entrants start from the Forest of Rambouillet outside of Paris and then continue nonstop to the coastal seaport of Brest, France, returning as a loop to finish at the starting point.  The race is run as a test of riders’ endurance through course checkpoints, without any supporting vehicles for riders, over three days and two nights of nonstop riding.

Larry Kluck, 70, is competing in his seventh Paris-Brest-Paris Race over the next three days. (Neal Latt — Submitted)

Held every four years, the race began in the 1890’s as a professional European bicycle race, and is now run in modern times open only to amateur racers. Kluck has completed the race six times, with his fastest time being 59 hours.

“Though my riding is becoming slower, I still possess the endurance and will to complete it,” he said. The biggest challenge, he said, is riding through two nights without sleep.

Kluck — who has completed four qualifying rides of up to 384 miles each required to enter the race — has served for many years on the board of directors of the Tour of the Unknown Coast bicycle race. He trains for the P-B-P by riding 200 to 300 miles on weekends while maintaining a full-time law practice as the senior partner at the firm of Mathews, Kluck, Walsh, Wykle & Latt, LLP, located in Eureka.

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