R-12 Series
Lancaster Loop in Reverse 200k
Saturday Feb 3, 2018
General Info
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA, offered to promote participation in the R-12 challenge.  PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate.  In the spirit of pure randonneuring, minimal support is provided before, during, and after the ride.

First time riding with PA Randonneurs?  Read an overview of what to expect on your first PA brevet. All participants are obliged to follow the rules for riders as well as PA and NJ vehicle laws.  Safety is a primary concern ... please read and carry these Safety Instructions with you.


Martin's Country Market
1717 W. Main St
Ephrata, PA 17522

Top-off before the start with a hearty breakfast at the Pancake Farm

Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at the:
Hampton Inn  
380 East Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 733-0661
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly. 

1) PA Randonneurs club membership is required in order to participate. 
2) Contact the ride organizer: Andrew Mead 
3) Print out cuesheet. 
4) $10 registration fee due at sign-in.


7:00AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
7:20AM Rider meeting
7:30AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)

Daylight hours: 7:09 AM -  5:28 PM

NOTE: Riders finishing after 5:28 PM without lights and reflectors will be disqualifed.

Start Controle
- Arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled start time.
- Sign-in, pay fee to organizer, and collect brevet card.
- Get bike inspected
- Rider meeting, 10 minutes before scheduled start time

Finish Controle
- Return to start location
- Initial sign-in sheet and record finish time.
- Sign brevet card and deposit it with volunteer.

Post ride gathering
St. Boniface Craft Brewery/
1701 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522

Cue sheet (1/24/17)
Map and Profile
Message Board 

Preliminary Results
Ride Report
Ride Description
This route is based on the Spring Forward/Fall Backward 200ks that were first run in 2009. The route loops around Lancaster County covering roads that long-time riders may know and others that will be decidedly new.

In the interest of having a decent place to hang out at the finish, the start has been moved a bit from everyone's favorite K-Mart parking lot. We will now be starting from Martin's Country Market which is located along W. Main St (US 322) just west of downtown Ephrata. For those wondering how swapping one parking lot for another might be an improvement, our finish will be at the nearby St. Boniface Craft Brewery.

We'll be running in the "Fall Backward" direction with a few changes aimed to smooth out the rough edges. A control in Compass at the eastern edge of the county begins our turn south to a quick info control in Atglen. Sorry, we could not make arrangements for pancake breakfast at the Cafe Metzler this time. We head west using many familiar roads to Conestoga and then up river to Columbia. Pay close attention as we will be picking up the recently completed Northwest River Trail, a paved pathway along the Susquehanna that conveniently bypasses Chickies Hill and about 10 miles of the heavily trafficked SR441. We will rejoin the roads in Bainbridge and continue upriver for another quick info control in Falmouth where we turn north and east toward the penultimate control in Annville. From there it's a quick 25 miles (over the Cornwall Ridge--lets hope there's no snow) back to the finish were cool beverages and food await. The brewery serves pizza and lite pub fare.

Everyone's favorite Ephrata breakfast option, the Pancake Farm remains an option. It's only 5 minutes from the start and relatively easy to find. Martin's Market has a cafe that offers breakfast; however, it doesn't open until 7am.

There are several steep, extended climbs.  A triple or 39x27 is highly recommended.

Historical Records
March 7, 2009      Results    Ride Report April 12, 2008     Results    Ride Report
October 20, 2007   Results    Ride Report
March 31, 2007     Results    Ride Report
October 21, 2006   Results    Ride Report
May 27, 2006       Results    Ride Report

200k Record: 7:47 Nate Morgenstern