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Randonneurs Ontario Awards Voting Ballot

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Awards Ballot

To submit your ballot, please complete the following form, then click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

First, we need to know who you are. (Votes will be only be accepted from club members - if you're not a member, your response will be automatically discarded.)

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

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:
David Hamilton Comments:David put in an outstanding effort in 2017, completing 15 Permanents, 8 Brevets (including a full series) and Granite Anvil, in excess of 7000 logged kilometers and the most of any member this year.

Dick Felton

Jerzy Dziadon Great guy to ride with!

John Cummings John has completed a Series successfully the last few years and completed his first 1200 doing the Granite Anvil 2017 this year. A tuff ride to begin with! Last year he developed a FLECHE that was simply one of the best I have ever done! When lots of randonneurs are doing a ride, John will take off with the faster ones, but when there is a small number, John simply joins them and encourages everyone!

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:
Erin Marchak Comments: Erin started riding with RO in 2016 and has consistently shown leadership, initiative and a positive outlook, including as brevet organizer in 2017.

Interest? I cannot think of another female who showed more interest in Randonneuring and Organizing then Erin! At executive meetings, Erin can be counted on and on brevets ... a pure pleasure to ride with.

She's the only female rider that has consistently participated in our rides this year from the Toronto Chapter.

Gwyneth Mitchell Comments: For amazing conversation and supportive nature, making the kilometres fly by.

Brenda Wiechers Comments: For pushing the pace for the women on each ride without fail!

Rode one 200 km with. Great Rider!!!!

Because...Kathy. She's a big help and inspiration to anyone riding with her. I love the way she turns a phrase.

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:
David Hamilton Comments: David started riding with RO in 2015 with 8 rides for total 1700km, then 2016 with 9 rides for total 2000km, and then 2017 with 23 rides exceeding 7000km (including Granite Anvil).

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

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:
Chris Greig Comments: Chris started riding with RO in 2017 and has participated in 5 brevets, including completing Lake Ontario Lap 1000.

Tobias Whitfield Comments: Every so often, a rookie shows up and puts in superlative performances on brevets with high speeds, lots of rides, and completing a series in the first year. This person usually gets nominated for, and wins, rookie of the year. However, this year, we have a rookie that didn't smash records or manage to complete a series in his first yea. Instead, we have a rider who braved the rain, demonstrated enthusiasm on rides, and stepped up to help organize rides whenever he was asked. Toby has demonstrated talent, but more importantly, he has shown an interest in the helping the club.

Brenda Wiechers Comments: Brenda completed the Tour d'Essex 200km Brevet (her first) along with the Niagra Ramble 200km Brevet (her second) and a Permanent, the Hockley Hills 200km. She attended the AGM after the Tour d'Essex and simply let us know how much she enjoyed her first official Brevet! As far as ability ... I struggled to keep up with her on the Tour d'Essex 200! I anticipate, in the future, Brenda will become a Super Randonneur!

Don Williams Comments: Don completed the Super Randonneur series: 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1,200 km. I don't know of any other rookies this year that did, at least not in the Toronto club.

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:
Granite Anvil Organizing Committee Comments: The Committee did an outstanding job organizing and carrying out the Granite Anvil 1200. It was a total team effort!

Andrea Ferguson Jones Comments: For bringing Randonneurs Ontario to the masses through her work on social media. She handled the trials-and-tribulations of managing our online presence with grace and skill.

Bob McLeod Comments:

Tim O'Callahan Comments: Between INTERNATIONAL DEVIL'S WEEK,the Ontario Randonneurs AGM and Windsor Brevets, Tim provided unlimited support! Thank-you Tim!

He has helped many of us riders here in the Essex County area & I know has shown support in this club.

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:
Shawn Collision Comments: His first 300 km.Great to ride with.

Jerzy Dziadon Comments: Jerzy shows consistent dogged determination on every brevet he rides, regardless of conditions, and he always goes out of his way to encourage and support others on the ride with him.

Chris Greig Comments: Chris not only completed Lake Ontario Loop, solo, in his rookie year, but he did it in under 60 hours, leaving two very experienced rando riders behind. So, chapeau to Chris for a great accomplishment.

Two Guys on Fat Bikes Comments: The two guys on the fat bikes that completed the 400 km brevet back on 27-28 May: The Georgian Triangle 400 km Brevet. At the last control point before the finish, one of the fat bikers was passed out for an hour before he regained his strength and then finished the ride. They are from Durham region.

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:
Brian Brideau Comments: This is my first year doing randoneuring and both of these guys slowed down to ride with me on multiple brevets, answered my many questions, gave me lots of tips and helped me survive the multiple long brevets I did with them. I know you’d probably prefer I just choose one but both were equally helpful and considerate.

I have seen Brian take on the role of mentor to less experienced riders on a number of events. He's consistently patient and supportive, and is always upbeat and positive.

Carey Chappelle Comments:

Martin Cooper Comments: Helped me over the years.

Tim O'Callahan Comments: He is my mentor as he got me into Randoneuring. He was the one who helped me find the randoneurer in me.

Tim has helped me since last year before I joined this organization & he has always shown an interest in my endeavours & also others in our cycling community.

Tim has increased the number of Randonneurs doing Brevets the last few years, noticeably on Windsor Brevets! I participated in a number of Windsor brevets and watched Tim simply move from the front of the pack to the back of the pack to encourage all the riders! Next year Windsor will have an official Series with only one, the 600 being done in Detroit. Great future ahead!

Joey Schwartz Comments: This is my first year doing randoneuring and both of these guys slowed down to ride with me on multiple brevets, answered my many questions, gave me lots of tips and helped me survive the multiple long brevets I did with them. I know you’d probably prefer I just choose one but both were equally helpful and considerate.

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:
Jerzy Dziadon Comments: Got me to maintain an over 25 km/h pace on the Lakes and Vines 300 km permanent back in late September.

He knows why.

Jerzy does his best to bring the group along during brevets, and consistently pushes the pace.

Tim O'Callahan Comments: If you ever do a brevet with Tim, you'll see him CONSISTENTLY force the pace of the group during rides!

Rode 200 km on Niagara Ramble. Nice pace!!!!

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:
Chris Cossonnet Comments: Chris has been Randonneuring for a few years. This year he hosted the first Neustadt 200km Brevet out of Kincardine that he developed on his own. Everyone loved the ride and are looking forward to doing it again!

John Cummings Comments: I road with John during International Devil's Week on the Michigan 400k and 600k brevets. He is a strong rider and was always willing to take the lead and do more than his fair share out front.

David Thompson Comments: Granit Anvil organizer extrodinaire! Highly successful 1,200 km brevet.

The rock.

Can't hide Dave's accomplishments this year. He will have completed one 1600 and 3-1200km Brevets successfully this year... along with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! I mentioned at the Tour d'Essex 200km dinner that Dave has NO mental issues with the long rides he has done. Of course we had a number of laughs from the stories I told along with everyone else's stories but there are ways to prevent disappearing on rides and that Dave would be the one to talk to!

Don Williams Comments: Don completed the Super Randonneur series: 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1,200 km. I don't know of any other rookies this year that did, at least not in the Toronto club.

Abstaining Comments: None of the above

Thank you!

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