Congratulations to Les Medlin for completing the Randonneurs USA "R-12" challenge today. Earning the R-12 requires riding a 200km (or longer) route, every month, for 12 consecutive months, and lots can go wrong on the road to R-12.
Les found attainment of the goal to be more difficult than expected when he crashed hard and broke his collarbone at mile 111 of the Davis Double Century in May. At that point he already had completed 11 of the 12 rides required and the double century was just a little extra work to earn a 2012 "California Triple Crown".
A less committed rider might have sagged home, but he wouldn't let a little thing like a broken collarbone stop him from finishing the Davis Double Century. And of course, he did the hard work needed to recover in time to turn in a stylish June 200km ride to nail down the R-12.