The R-12 award is given by Randonneurs USA for completing a 200K brevet or permanent every month for twelve consecutive months. This is a challenge that I was interested in when I started randonneuring just a few years ago. The goal of completing an R-12 seemed like a great way to stay in shape throughout the year. Initially I didn’t think it would be that difficult to do, but my first R-12 ended up being really tough. I was in my internship, occasionally having months with very few days free to do a ride that usually took 8-10 hours to do. There were a couple months where I wasn’t able to complete a ride, and questioned whether I would even complete the R-12 or not. After finishing that first R-12 (February 2009) I decided to take five months off from randonneuring. I did another brevet in August 2009, and on July 16, 2011 I finished 24 consecutive 200K+ rides, earning my third R-12.

Here are the brevets/permanents I’ve done in the past 12 month.

Date

Event

Distance

Time

8/8/2010

Sunset Beach Safari

227K

10:08

8/29/2010

Rainbow Prelude

200K

7:58

9/11/2010

PCH

400K

16:45

10/24/2010

Sunset Beach Safari

227K

10:56

11/7/2010

Rainbow Ramble

200K

9:10

12/5/2010

Rainbow Prelude

200K

8:25

1/15/2011

Rainbow

200K

6:37

2/5/2011

Orange County

300K

15:25

3/5/2011

Orange County

400K

22:00

4/27/2011

Rainbow Ramble

200K

8:40

5/11/2011

Rainbow Prelude

200K

8:55

6/18/11

Rainbow Prelude

200K

8:26

7/16/2011

San Clemente

200K

6:45

 

The last two R-12’s were much easier for me to complete than the first one. There were definitely challenges, but I’ve become much more used to the long rides. For now I plan on attempting a fourth R-12. The challenge for this one will be living in Illinois where I’ll probably have to travel during bad weather months, but the adventures should be awesome.

Thanks to all the permanent owners, RBAs and volunteers that have made these great routes available.

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