Loop Around Lancaster
200K Brevet

Saturday 5 December 2020
07:00 EST Start Time

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Loop Around Lancaster 200K Brevet

Saturday 5 December 2020
07:00 EST Start Time

There are special proceedures and restrictions on this event because of the COVID-19 safety plan. Riders must

  • Bring a completed and signed  brevet waiver to the start. Riders should have this completed  ahead of time.
  • Bring a facemask to the start and wear it for registration and the rider's briefing.
  • Bring your own pencil or pen for completing info controle questions and signing brevet cards.

Please do not forget to bring these items. The full set of restrictions and procedures are described in the PA Rando Blog. Please check often for updates.

Start Location

Ephrata K-Mart

1127 S State Street
Ephrata, PA 17522

Gather in the parking lot and look for the organizer to check in.  The start exits the west side (facing the Turkey Hill C-store) onto Rothsville Road.


Parking in the old K-Mart parking lot away from the building.


Lodging is available in Ephrata or nearby in Lanaster.

Ride Description

This classic route generally circumnavigates Lancaster County offering scenic views from many angles. 
Starting in Ephrata warm up on the rolling terrain as you make your way north toward Annville climbing over the Cornwall Ridge and passing the historic Cornwall Iron Furnace along the way. From Annville, the course follows a southerly track filled with more Pennsylvania rollers as it meanders along the western edge of the county toward the Susquehanna River.  Here you will pick up the Northwest River Trail, a paved bikeway paralleling the river.  Enjoy the scenery and generally level riding and think about all the fast vehicle traffic you're missing by staying off the adjacent highway.  You will briefly join surface streets in Marietta and pass by a couple adult carbohydrate replenishment establishments should you be so inclined, before returning to the trail.  This second stretch avoid the arduous climb on the shoulderless highway and takes you through a short tunnel through which the rail line once ran.  You'll return to surface streets in Columbia and continue your downriver trek.  
Enjoy the next few miles as you'll soon reach the river hills, starting with Turkey Hill itself, followed by the repetitive up and down terrain that makes the river hills near objects of dread among local cyclists. The namesake dairy operation is at the top of the first climb along with a pair of rather large wind turbines. (You will notice these as soon as you reach Columbia.) 
The next control is in Conestoga (atop a hill of course).  Your route is generally each and roller filled.  After crossing a highway in New Providence, you'll scale the south ridge along White Oak Road and then follow the spin of the ridge all the way to Atglen.  Enjoy the views.  The city of Lancaster is in full view to your left on a clear day.  It's all farmland to the right.
From Atglen, it's back over the ridge to the penultimate control in Compass, the eastern end of your loop.  You'll head northwest back toward Ephrata with the final big climb over the Welsh Mountain.  Just a few more rollers after that and you'll soon be finished.

Course History

Course Record 2009-08-08: William Fischer, Carl June, Leonard Zawodniak (07:59, 25.1 kph)

General Info

This ride is a randonneur style bicycle event under the sanction of Randonneurs USA. Completing this event can help you train for Paris-Brest-Paris and earn RUSA  awards.

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 local vehicle laws (PA, NJ, NY). Safety is a primary concern. All riders must sign a waiver. Please read these Safety Instructions.


For Club Members: $15
For Guests: $20
Pre-payment only. Day-of-event payment is not available for this event.
Pre-registration required.
Registration closes 23:59 EST, Thursday 3 December

Register On-Line


06:00 Sign-in, Bike Inspection
06:50 Rider meeting
07:00 EST Riders depart


Finish Cutoff: 20:30 EST 5 December 2020 (13.5 hrs)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 07:10
Sunset: 16:33

The hours for this event extend beyond daytime. Riding at night without appropriate reflective gear and lights will result in an immediate disqualification. See the rules Article 10 for requirements. See the reflectivity guide for best practices.


Weather forecast for start location: Ephrata, PA.

This event runs rain or shine. Rides are sometimes postponed or canceled if there is a significant chance of extreme conditions that threaten safety (e.g. ice, snow, high winds). Check the message board for last minute announcements.

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