R-12 Series
Fall Backward 200k
Saturday Dec 5, 2009
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.


K-Mart parking lot
1127 S State St.
Ephrata, PA
(717) 738-4221

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.


6:30AM Sign-in and Bike Inspection opens
6:50AM Rider meeting
7:00AM Riders depart (~13:30 hr. time limit)

Daylight hours: 7:12 AM -  4:40 PM

NOTE: Riders finishing after 4:40 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
- Get final stamp and store receipt validating finish time.
- Return to start location
- Initial sign-in sheet and record finish time.
- Sign brevet card and deposit it along with store receipt in Andrew's car window (blue Explorer).

Post ride gathering
Two Cousins Pizza (717) 859-5444
Schaums Corner (junction Rt 272 & 772)
4207 Oregon Pike
Ephrata, PA 17522

DIRECTIONS from Start/Finish
Pablo Software Solutions
Cue sheet (11/30/09 Draft 4a)
Map and Profile
Message Board 
Membership List

Preliminary Results

Ride Report and Pictures
Ride Description
This is based on the Spring Forward 200k that was first run in March.  This time, to mark the end of daylight savings time last month, we'll go around in the reverse direction.

In order to get into the spirit of the season, the following is the "Forward" route description, which should be read "Backwards":

Enjoy a scenic ride around Lancaster County, but don't count on a day of entirely gentle terrain. Starting in Ephrata, we'll warm up on the rolling terrain as we make our way toward Annville climbing over the Cornwall Ridge along the way. From Annville, the course follows a southerly track filled with more Pennsylvania rollers as it meanders toward the Susquehanna River. A quick control in Bainbridge provides an opportunity to refill water bottles in preparation for a down river run. Riders will enjoy long stretches of flat roads peppered with a short climbs, especially as we draw closer to the lunch control in Conestoga. Eat well as the next leg features a seemingly endless array of sawtooth climbs guaranteed to burn a few calories. Two quick controles in Atglen and Compass mark the eastern end of our route as we turn and head for the final leg home. One final climb over the Welsh Mountain then it's all downhill from there.

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