This paragraph made me scratch my head a little and wonder:
The good news is that these rides are easy. I used the E-word because brevets do not need one to possess unattainable levels of fitness. Some physical conditioning is expected, yes, but you don’t need to be a sportsperson to think of attempting. The average riding speed expected over the distances is a mere 15 kph. The challenge is to ride without getting bored, it is to ride while fighting sleep. It’s more in the mind than in the legs. What’s more? You get to take breaks whenever you want to. You get to eat whatever you want and whenever you want. And if you find company on the ride, nothing like it. Time would fly.
My longest ride is only 133km, and also I've never done long rides at a low pace. So I have no experience with this, but people who do, is the above paragraph true? I know that "unattainable" is a pretty vague word in this context, but the general idea that you don't have to be a sportsperson to ride 200, 600 and 1,000km? Is a 600km ride at 15km/h physically easy?
I know that mentally it'll be a huge challenge and that bike fit will be a major issue. But is the riding somehow akin to walking versus running?
(Tone and intent here is genuine curiousity and not a desire to start some battle.)