Pennsylvania Randonneurs

A Victory to Remember
200K Brevet

Saturday 15 June 2019
07:00 EDT Start Time

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A Victory to Remember 200K Brevet

Saturday 15 June 2019
07:00 EDT Start Time

Start Location

Victory Brewing Company-Parkesburg

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.


Park in the employee parking area which is located to the left when entering the main driveway from Lower Valley Road.

Suggested parking locations for the start/finish are public places, with theft and vandalism a real possibility, especially in cities. Park during the event at your own risk. Please do not leave valuables in your car during the ride.


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


The finish control volunteer will be located inside the restaurant.  Our usual place is at the high-top tables near the back of the restaurant area.


This event needs volunteers for the following jobs:

Contact Organizer to Volunteer.

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.

Course History

Course Record 2019-06-15: Timothy T Creyts (07:40, 26.1 kph)

General Info

This ride is a randonneur style bicycle event under the sanction of Randonneurs USA and Audax Club Parisian. Completing this event can help you train and qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris and earn RUSA and ACP  awards. You need a current RUSA membership to ride this event. You can sign up for RUSA here.

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.

To receive credit for finishing a randonneuring event you must complete a brevet card as required by the rules. PA Randonneurs accepts traditional brevet cards filled out with stamps/signatures and backed up with merchant receipts. PA Randonneurs also accepts Electronic Proof of Passage (EPP), but the only form of EPP accepted  is the eBrevet cell phone app. (Version 1.2.4 minimum required). Your finish time and finish code from the EPP app must be written on the paper card or you will be disqualified.

These events are not for beginners.  The courses are hilly. You may face extremes of weather: heat, cold, wind, rain. The roads are unmarked and open to automobile traffic. There will be night riding in the longer events.  There is no sag wagon. Complete several ordinary century cycling events before starting a 200K brevet;  complete several 200Ks before starting a longer brevet.


Registration Fee

For PA Rando members: $10
There is an extra $10 charge for registration if you are not a member of Pennsylvania Randonneurs.
Prices include $10 discount for pre-payment.
Registration is closed for this event.


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


Finish Cutoff: 20:30 EDT 15 June 2019 (13 hours, 30 minutes)

Daylight Hours

Sunrise: 05:29
Sunset: 20:33


Weather forecast for start location: Parkesburg, 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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