Randonneurs Ontario Awards Voting Ballot

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Awards Ballot

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Next, please fill in the following fields with your choice for each award.

Mike Barry/Jock Wadley Award (Outstanding Rider)

Awarded to a club rider who is outstanding in one year or over several years, and has...

    • shown interest in the club and has provided support and assistance;
    • completed at least the Super Randonneur series in the year of the award;
    • helped on rides or helped other riders;
    • completed the most difficult ride in the year of the award

Your vote:
Charles Horsllin Comments: Charles has stepped up in the club and certainly has done an outstanding job.

John Cumming Comments:John seems to treat every year like its his last! He completed a Series and then some this year,, along with the most difficult Manitoulin 1200! We’re in touch before and after every ride and John always let’s me know he’s around if I need him to help in anyway. On several brevets, John has waited for me, assisted in bike inspections, and handed out Control Cards. One brevet, I was late starting and at the half way point of a 200, John let everyone know he was going to wait for me!

John had an incredible season completing the Manitoulin 1200 (1000+200), Coureur du Bois 1000, SR, riding with each chapter - over 5000 total km with RO in 2021.

Completed SR series, plus’s 1000 k and a 1200 k this year. A great and helpful person to roll with!!! Feed him a Big Mac meal and he is good for hours!!! lol.

Dick Felton Comments:Once again in 2021, Dick was a source of inspiration to younger, less experienced riders. He completed five brevets, including the Tour of SW Ontario 600 and Manitoulin 1200. His determination to push on through inclement weather and difficult conditions with his slow, consistent pace is amazing.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Beryl Burton Award (Best Female Rider)

Awarded to a club rider who is outstanding in one year or over several years, and has...

    • shown interest in the club and has provided support and assistance;
    • helped on rides or helped other riders

Your vote:
Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell Comments:Brenda witnessed her first brevet in 2017 (The Granite Anvil) then went on to start riding brevets the next month. She rode at least a 200k ride every month since then until Feb 2020 when the pandemic made continuing difficult. She completed PBP 2019. In the 2021 season, she kicked off the year with the inaugural Fort to Fort 400k. She completed many 200k rides, a couple of tough 300's and another 400k that featured her taking out a possum in the dark hours. Along the way, she met new friends and supported new randonneurs. Our club is stronger with her as a member

No comment provided.

JungAh Hong Comments:JungAh’s successful completion of the Manitoulin 1200 along with the rest of the Brevets she attempted this year are proof that she is the Best Female Rider!

JungAh's determination, sense of humour, and ability to track down delicious mid-ride food stops makes her a great rider with whom to share the road! Undaunted by mechanicals that ended her 1,000 km brevet attempt, she came back strong for the Manitoulin 1200. She also successfully completed five other brevets (200 km > 400 km)

Comments:In the pandemic shortened season of 2021 JungAh rode 3x200 and a 300 and 400. She attempted the Coureur du Bois 1000 but DNF'd at 890km with both mechanical and health issues. During the summer she trained for and then successfully rode the Manitoulin 1200, the clubs most difficult ride of 2021.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Coronation Cup (Most Improved Rider)

Awarded to a club rider who has at least one previous year riding with the Randonneurs Ontario, and has...

    • shown consistency in appearing and in cycling;
    • demonstrated improvement either in cumulative mileage ridden from previous season, or in brevet finishing times over the previous season

Your vote:
Fred Chagnon Comments: Fred's tenacity and fortitude bolstered him to complete Much Ado this year despite the fact that Mother Nature again tried to foil his second attempt at this brevet! Fred wrote a fantastic blog about trying to complete this ride solo as a permanent. He fought weather conditions and electronic failures and finally threw in his hat...but he came back! The weather the first half of the ride was pretty miserable but this time he had other Randonneurs around him, including mentor-extraordinaire - Dick Felton. What an amazing finish - great job, Fred! I got to ride with Fred again on the St. Thomas Paris ride. We decided to ride Audax-style after the first mechanical sidelined one rider and we had some newer riders with us we wanted to encourage. Sadly, Fred had a mechanical at the halfway point - but knowing Fred, my guess is he will be back next year to successfully complete this ride!

Jim Morris Comments:Jim Morris successfully finished a 200 km brevet in 2021 after being away for the sport for many years. The last time he completed a brevet was a 200 in 2014. Prior to that he had completed a number of Brevets in the 2000s. Including one which had become a famous name in the Montreal Randonneuring club. In 2003, to qualify for PBP he had completed his 200, 300, and 400. He also was part of fleche team. Unfortnately he did not finish the 600 in Ottawa. He went with Vytas to Montreal to finish a 600. Sadly again he did not finish... but then there was another 600 on the schedule that he could use to qualify for PBP. He came back to Montreal and finished that one! For being away from the sport from 2015 to 2021 and being a legend way back when, I nominate Jim Morris as the most improved rider.

John Cummings Comments:He just keeps riding and riding, getting stronger and faster.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Jim Griffin Rookie of the Year

Awarded to a club rider who has joined the Randonneurs Ontario in the year of the award or who rode their first brevet in the year of the award, and who has...

    • shown ability in the year;
    • shown interest in the club and in other club riders

Your vote: -->
David Cole Comments: David became involved with Randonneurs Ontario towards the end of the season, when his long-out-of-touch friend Fred Chagnon encouraged David to join him for the St. Thomas <> Paris 200 in September. David completed the Brevet successfully, and went on to complete the Sharbot Lake 200 the following week, and Carden Plain 300 as a permanent on Oct. 1st. David’s budding enthusiasm for randonneuring and drive to improve his fitness is truly inspiring.

John Kieffer Comments:After learning about the Ontario Randonneurs and Randonneuring John thought he’d try a 200 and see what this sport is all about! We’ll, he successfully completed all the Brevets required to become a SuperRandonneur except a 300. John let us know how much he loved this sport and has already purchased a 40yr old bike frame he plans on turning it into the bike he will ride in the 2023 PBP! At 170km of the North Huron Tributaire we had the pleasure of meeting John and learning about his cycling lifestyle...Pannier Bagging Tours where he always put in 200-250km / day for fun! We didn’t have to ask how he was able to lead the way on that 200 and then a 400 and 600!

I met John on his first brevet, the North Huron Tributaire 200. It was obvious that he was a strong rider with lots of bike-packing under his belt. The kilometres ticked away as he shared his experiences and fun biking stories. He took an immediate interest in the club and committed to more rides ...including the Belleville Loop 600! On the Centenary - Roaring Lion 200 we made a small navigational error that added an additional 20-25km. John smiled the whole time even as he pulled me through the significant 30-35km headwind for the last 100km - John is already a committed Randonneur after one year of riding with his new friends and is excited to see our club grow!

I was happy to be on John's first ride with the club. He is strong, can ride fast, but adapts his pace to the group he's with. He is constantly cheerful, despite the conditions. Qualities that are important when sharing a long ride. He completed a number of other rides with the club including a 400 and 600k. No doubt he will be a strong influence in our club for years to come.
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Victor Bui Comments: Victor completed a Super Randonneur Series in his first year as a member of Randonneurs Ontario. He was also willing and able to encourage other riders he was riding with.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Organiser of the Year

Awarded to that person who has provided support to the club's riding events in the year of the award or over several years, and who has...

    • demonstrated care for the well-being of the club's riders;
    • consistently taken on the task of organising and supporting club rides

Your vote:
Carey Chappelle Comments:For organizing the new Roaring Lion 200 brevet that had to be re-routed at the last minute due to a catastrophic weather event. It was also one of the best attended events.

Carey organized an amazing Centenary 200 (Roaring Lion 200), complete with a hidden control with snacks and drinks. We had people up from the Toronto Randonneur club and they were raving about the route, organization, and the atmosphere of the Huron club. Even with gale force winds for 100km, it was one of the best 200’s of done.

Charles Horslin Comments:TThe Huron Chapter is hosting Devil’s Week in 2022! Where? Kitchener, Waterloo! Charles put together a Series in the Kitchener, Waterloo area this year and took care of accommodations, restaurants etc for all the participants! Great Scenery, Great Accommodations, Great Socializing! Charles has also committed to making some small changes to the routes to make accommodations / start locations perfect Thank-You Charles! Excited already for 2022’s Devil’s Week!

Dave Thompson Comments: Dave organizes and rides long distance events consistently for at least 10 years. In 2021, he organized the Manitoulin 1200 and 1000, our first events after pandemic eased. The heat wave that settled on Ontario in late August was an unexpected challenge for the Manitoulin riders. Dave supported us. I chugged many bottles of water beside his car over those 4 days and thank him for a successful event.

Tim O'Callahan Comments: Tim loves to support everyone to get on their bikes and ride! Even while COVID consumed every ounce of energy and attention, he found time to organize and support rides. It isn't just about the riding though - his commitment to each rider is also obvious. Tim never leaves a rider behind and will work tirelessly to help with a mechanical or two or three even when he knows we may need to push the pace to make the control times. He pre-rode many rides to ensure they were safe for riders as he constructed routes and even tried to minimize gravel that apparently some riders don't love He is committed to growing and sustaining the membership of our club.

Vytas Janusauskas Comments: (and Colleen, if the award can go to two!) When a group of riders met on the eve of the Coureur de Bois 1,000, they called on Vytas' knowledge and experience to plan the ride ahead. Realizing the challenges that would be encountered on this brevet due to Covid restrictions, Vytas and Colleen volunteered to offer logistical support. Their efforts to handle check-ins and food procurement at our planned overnights (when front desks and restaurants had limited hours) were incredible. Covering many more kilometres than the participants rode, Vytas & Colleen helped to assure we had a safe brevet, and were there to rescue a rider who dnf'ed. Their spontaneous and generous organizational efforts were most appreciated!

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Outstanding Performance on a Brevet

Awarded to a club rider who has demonstrated significant fortitude, courage, or generosity on a brevet ride, and who has...

    • demonstrated physical or mental abilities beyond the usual in the conduct of a brevet ride
Your vote:
Matt McFarlane Comments:Ports, Points and Sandhills 600 .. Matt was one of 2 riders successfully completing this 600, 2 other riders called it a day. One tuff ride! Matt’s Fortitude is second to none!!

Rémi Parent Comments: For completing the Mnjikaning 400 in spite of a cracked rim, busted derailleur, and a broken collarbone. He demonstrated incredible toughness and dedication to the sport. (Check out the ride report on our blog.)

Sergi Tsymbal Comments:I nominate Sergi Tsymbal for his for fortitude when riding the Toronto Chapter's Belleville Loop 600. Sergi kept the pace moving in the extreme heat while maintaining a constant smile and positive attitude. Not to mention by also devouring a full dinner at The Schnitzel Shack in Port Hope during the last leg of the journey.Great fun riding with you Sergi.

Victor Bui Successfully completing the Belleville Loop 600 on October 28!!

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Dan Herbert Award

Awarded to a member who has in one or more years: benefited the club by mentoring one or more members


Your vote:
Carey Chappelle Comments:I am nominating Chappy for his outstanding leadership and committment to the organization. This is my first year as a member and Chappy's mentoring of the Huron Chapter in providing continuing communication before, during, and after events made participation in the events fun and interesting. His enthusiasm for the sport while looking out for all members during rides made the rides inclusive events. Thanks Chappy

Tiago Varella-Cid Comments:For his continued interest in bringing new riders into the sport, and mentoring others along the way. On more than one occasion, he's kept the group together through spirit and sheer effort.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Half Wheel Award

Awarded to a club rider, who has consistently forced the pace of the group during brevet rides.


Your vote:
Brenda Weichers-Maxwell Comments:On every Brevet she rides (at least 8 in 2021) Brenda warmly offers support and encouragement to other riders. Especially where conditions or rider preferences call for it, Brenda will step up and set the pace.

Burke Adams Comments:Burke completed a Super Randonneur Series in 2021. Each one of his rides was done at a very fast pace, ranging between 59 and 70 percent of the maximum time allowed. Burke could be Randonneurs Ontario's first 'Charly Miller' (56 hour) PBP finisher in 2023. No pressure, just saying.

Tiago Varella-Cid Comments:For his incredible effort on the Manitoulin 1200, finishing in 84:25.

Tim O’Callahan Comments:Once again, Tim has shown he consistently forced the pace of a group during brevet rides! Have a look at the Fort to Fort 400 this year ... everyone finished together! No Surprise! On the St.Thomas-Paris-St.Thomas 200, everyone started together, a gentleman had some wheel issues. and decided to call it a day. Tim pedalled back to the start, jumped in his truck, drove it back for the gentleman to use to get himself back home, then teamed up with all of the riders who simply waited for him because they knew what it was like to ride together as a group!

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Special Recognition Award

Awarded to a club rider who has completed a cycling event in the year of the award that merits commemoration


Your vote:
Ben Merritt Comments: For the last five years Randonneurs Ontario has been awarded the CKAP Hewes Club Challenge Award for the club having the most total kilometres ridden in a year in Canada. The main reason we have received the award is that Ben Merritt has contributed 25-30% of our club's total kilometres. In addition Ben has been a tireless participant and booster of Randonneurs Ontario for the past eight years that he has been a member.

David Cole Comments:I met Dave on his first brevet, St. Thomas - Paris 200km and this guy blew my socks off! He is such a strong and committed rider who has caught the Randonneur bug! Although the season was ending, he was already committed to doing some permanents and I won't be the least bit surprised to be drafting behind him at PBP 2023 Great to have you as part of our club, Dave!

Jim Morris Comments:Jim Morris successfully finished a 200 km brevet in 2021 after being away for the sport for many years. The last time he completed a brevet was a 200 in 2014. Prior to that he had completed a number of Brevets in the 2000s. Including one which had become a famous name in the Montreal Randonneuring club. In 2003, to qualify for PBP he had completed his 200, 300, and 400. He also was part of fleche team. Unfortnately he did not finish the 600 in Ottawa. He went with Vytas to Montreal to finish a 600. Sadly again he did not finish... but then there was another 600 on the schedule that he could use to qualify for PBP. He came back to Montreal and finished that one! For being away from the sport from 2015 to 2021 and being a legend way back when, I nominate Jim Morris as the most improved rider.

Xinhua (Luke) Luo Comments:Luke's attitude deserves commendation. On an easy 200, he is happy, solid and helpful. But when the distances grow longer, the weather becomes challenging and the group dynamics frayed, his attitude stays rock solid. I've been on rides with him where we sloshed through puddles and struggled into strong winds, and other rides where we missed getting fueled at a controle and had to limp to the next. Always happy, strong and helpful.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

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