R-12 Series
A Victory to Remember  200k
Saturday September 9, 2017
General Info
This ride is a randonneur style event sanctioned by RUSA, offered to promote participation in the R-12 challenge.  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.


Victory Brewing Company
3127 Lower Valley Road
Parkesburg, PA, 19365

We will be staging from the employee parking area which is located to the left when entering the main driveway.

Traveling far? Overnight accommodations are available at several nearby hotels
Make your own reservations by calling the hotel directly. 

Pre-registration required
Registration Form
All riders must sign waiver
Registration Closes on September 7 at 5PM

For PA Club Members:
-with current RUSA membership: $10 due at sign-in
-with lapsed RUSA membership: $15 due at sign-in

For Guests
$15 due at sign-in

Sign up for PA Randonneurs club membership

5:30AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
5:55AM Rider meeting
6:00AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)

Daylight hours: 6:37 AM -  7:18 PM

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
- Sign brevet card and give it to the volunteer

Post ride gathering:
Victory Brewing Company
3127 Lower Valley Road
Parkesburg, PA, 19365
Pablo Software Solutions
Online Registration

Cue sheet 
Map and Profile
Message Board 

Preliminary Results

Ride Report and Pictures
Ride Description
Take a looping tour of Lancaster County with a strong motivation to finish.  Long time riders may recognize bits and pieces of this route, but it has been at least seven years since with took a clockwise tour around Lancaster county. 

Starting from the Victory Brewery in Parkesburg we head west gradually climbing along the spine of the Mine Ridge before dropping into New Providence and commencing the lumpy part of the route.  A quick info control at a high point in Conestoga is followed by a quick drop to the Susquehanna at Safe Harbor which is the followed by a generally uphill trek to Mountville.  A quick up and down over Chestnut Hill and the route checks into the first timed control at the Turkey Hill in Silver Spring.

From Silver Spring the route heads west through Maytown, Stacktown, and Conewago featuring mostly lumpy terrain and another info control at Conewago before turning north toward Lebanon County.  The route to the last timed control in Annville is rolling, but riders will be generally gaining elevation the whole way.  From Annville, riders are left with a 50-mile generally straight shot back to Parkesburg.  Generally straight, but not generally flat.  The Furnace Hills just after Cornwall and the Mine Ridge at Gap must be traversed before any talk of "it's all downhill from here" can be mentioned. 

The final leg skirts Ephrata about midway through.  There riders will find convenience stores and restaurants should they need to replenish.  Check your supplies as there are few other options along the route ahead.  The good news is that the route ahead is about as flat as it can get once you leave the Ephrata area and frequently aligns with a strong tailwind.  One last little push to cross back over the Mine Ridge at Gap and it is all downhill to the finish where great food and drink options await.  Be sure to check out the menu options before the ride so you'll plenty of time to decide what you'd like.

There are no major climbs in this route, but as many have observed, there are not a lot of flat stretches in Lancaster either.  This route benefits from many years of refinement to smooth off as many of the rough edges as possible.  It should be enjoyable.  Regardless, a refreshing beer at the finish will go a long way toward making sure you leave with only good memories from the day.

Historical Records
Sep 10, 2016      Results    Ride Report