Erie Oh! 300k Brevet — The Huron Chapter’s 2019 Entertainment Series Begins!

Huron Chapter’s Entertainment Series officially started this past week-end with the Mini-Putt Competition happening at Colasnati’s Control 76km into the Erie Oh! 300km Brevet. 

John Cumming was close … right to the end … but missing the fairway on the ninth hole … cost him! 
A Double Bogey!

 One of the Gold Fish had Chappy’s Ball for Lunch … Ending his Round!
Charles Horslin found out that it was not the MOST Putts that WON but the LEAST!

Tim O’Callahan was able to get his second Birdy and TIE for the Lead!

Congrats to Tim O’Callahan and Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell for finishing FIRST! Yes they TIED! Brenda had taken the lead with Birdies on the 4th and 6th holes but Tim simply stayed focussed completing two birdies in his last two holes for the tie! They both will be aggressive in the Creemore Classic Bowling Championship and the Go-Cart Championship to set themselves up for 2019’s Entertainment Series Title!

Congrats to Tim O’Callahan and Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell for finishing FIRST! Yes they TIED! Brenda had taken the lead with Birdies on the 4th and 6th holes but Tim simply stayed focussed completing two birdies in his last two holes for the tie! They both will be aggressive in the Creemore Classic Bowling Championship and the Go-Cart Championship to set themselves up for 2019’s Entertainment Series Title!

Tim O’Callahan, Brenda Wiechers, Charles Horslin, Chappy and John Cumming

15 Randonneurs showed up for 2019’s Erie Oh! 300km Brevet. Congrats to Carey Chappelle, John Cumming, Jerzy Dziadon, Dick Felton, Chris Greig, Charles Horslin, Bill Lattuca, Gordon Ley, Tim O’Callahan, Tiago Varella-Cid and Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell  for successfully completing this 300! 

The ride started at 7am Saturday, Weather Forecast … second to none! 15’C and SUNSHINE for 12hrs! To top that off, a strong tailwind existed from the start for approximately 190km! At one point Chappy pedalled by Charles Horslin at 42km/hr with no hands on his bike! 
Tim and Brenda played the Team Leaders for this group. We had six Randonneurs who stayed together from beginning to end. SECOND TO NONE! Tim would drop from front to back to encourage our team mates and Brenda would set our pace based on what it would take to keep us together! In tail winds Tim had us pacing at 47km / hr! Head winds were where we appreciated having a Team … averaging 22km / hr!
Arriving at the Erieau Brew Pub Control, everyone enjoyed lunch and had a good laugh after Charles scratched his ear and found the misplaced Mini-Putt Golf Pencil!

Chappy wasn’t successful convincing Charles to get on his bike and return the pencil to the Colasnati’s Mini-Putt Golf Course. Everyone else suggested Charles simply return it next year, finish lunch and continue on rather then DNF’ing!

The initial portion of the route was off road, but gorgeous towards Chatham! Eventually the tail wind turned into a head wind and pedalling together was an enormous benefit!

Arriving in Chatham at the Tim Horton’s Control, Dr. O’Callahan suggested Brenda SNORT ALEVE to reduce the pain she was feeling …

The group of six arrived at the Lighthouse Cove Control noticing how the wind was dropping steadily. Scenery along Lake St.Clair BREATHTAKING to say the least! Sun was going down, still Warm and Very little Traffic!

I get goosebumps writing this story,  FRIENDSHIPS,  RANDONNEURING, SCENERY … SECOND TO NONE! ! On Sunday, those Randonneurs who stayed the night, met at The Twisted Apron, Little Italy in Windsor for breakfast. Fantastic meal AND Even Better … Dick Felton’s Daughter – Christine and Grandaughter – Lauren joined us!

Now, after waking up this morning … thought I would take a look out the window and see what the weather looks like here …


Huron Chapter V.P.,Chappy

RO Awards Dinner — Huron, Simcoe/Muskoka, and Toronto Chapters

The Randonneurs Ontario Awards dinner took place in Toronto on 26 January 2019 at the Hot House Restaurant at Front and Church. It was a well attended event. Many awards were handed out. A good time was had by all. (It was also a great opportunity to see each other without our helmets and sunglasses on).

One of the most memorable parts of the evening was Peter Leiss’s speech about the life of Mike Barry Sr., whom Peter had known since the 1972. Peter shared numerous stories about their rides together, Mike’s famous bike shop Bicycle Specialities and Mariposa Bicycles, and Mike’s contributions to randonneuring over the decades, not least of which were his founding of the Toronto Randonneurs, and, of course, his regular attendance at our Awards Dinners over the years.

Peter finished his memorial speech with an announcement that the Jock Wadley Award for the club’s most outstanding rider would now be renamed the Mike Barry / Jock Wadley Award.

Mike Berry’s son, Michael, shared these words about the award and the choice to add his father’s name to it:

Michael Berry

Jock Wadley was a great friend of my father’s and inspired him in many ways. Jock was not only one of the foremost English-speaking cycling journalists of the 60’s and 70’s, covering all of the top international pro races, but also a keen cyclist who rode many brevets including P-B-P. Like my father, his goal was to share his knowledge of cycling and to encourage people to ride bikes regardless of whether it was a track, road, or touring bike. They both rode everywhere they could whether to work or across the Pyrenees. Both my father and Jock thought cycling should be inclusive and about the shared experience as much as the solo ride. It wasn’t always about finishing as fast as possible but about working together to achieve the best ride possible. They would keep an eye on the neophytes, encouraging them, and teaching them as they rode.  They built clubs, communities and friendships. They encouraged people to discover the world on a bike. 

My father would have been honoured to have his name alongside Jock’s on the trophy as I often heard him say what a thoughtful kind man he thought Jock was. He was a mentor to my father and the inspiration behind the club. My father and Mike Brown named the award after Jock for his qualities as a person. In many ways, my father shared those same qualities. 

Mike Barry’s wife, Claire, and daughter-in-law, Dede, were also in attendance.

Below is a listing of the award nominees and recipients

Beryl Burton Award (for the best female cyclist in the club) —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.

Nominees: Bojana Kolbah, Brenda Weichers-Maxwell, Erin Marchak, Liz Overduin

Recipient: Erin Marchak

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.

Nominees: Alan Ritchie, Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell, Erin Marchak, John Maccio, Toby Whitfield

Recipient: Erin Marchak

Dan Herbert Award — Awarded to a member who has in one or more years: Benefited the club by mentoring one or more members (generally but not necessarily new). Mentoring is to be defined as encouraging, educating and assisting riders to achieve their full potential as bike riders and club members.

Nominees: Charles Horslin, Martin Cooper, Tim O’Callahan

Recipient: Tim O’Callahan

Half Wheel Award — Awarded to a club rider who has consistently forced the pace of the group during brevet rides.

Nominees: Ben Merritt, Brian Brideau, Jerzy Dziadon, Tim O’Callahan, Timothy Ormond

Recipient: Tim O’Callahan

Mike Berry / Jock Wadley Award — 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.

Nominees: Carey Chappelle, Charles Horslin, Dave Thompson, Erin Marchak, Larry Optis

Recipient: Carey Chappelle

Organizer of the Year

Nominees: Carey Chappelle, Guy Quesnel, Stephen Jones, Vytas Janusauskas / Peter Grant

Recipient: Stephen Jones

Outstanding Performance on a Brevet

Nominees: Annette Patel, Carey Chappelle, David Thompson, Erin Marchak, Loralei Norman, Matt MacFarlane, Simon Langham

Recipient: Annette Patel

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;  Shown ability in the year & shown interest in the club and in other club riders.

Nominees: Darcy Haggith, Matt MacFarlane, Sergii Tsymbal, Simon Langham

Recipient: Matt MacFarlane

Special Recognition Award — Awarded to a club rider who has: Completed a cycling event in the year of the award that merits commemoration. Made contributions to the club that merit commemoration.

Nominees: Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell / Liz Overduin, Dave Thompson, Erin Marchak, Ken Jobba

Recipient: Brenda Wiechers-Maxwell / Liz Overduin

Best Fleche Team — Awarded to the members of the fleche team who record the most kilometres on the club’s fleche ride in the year of the award.

Huron Boyz, Carey Chappelle, Chris Cossonnet, and John Cumming

High Mileage Awards

Male High Mileage — ACP Rides             David W Thompson 17,387 k

Male High Mileage — RO Club Rides         Carey Chappelle    3,500 k

Female High Mileage — ACP Rides         Erin Marchak               2,900 k

Female High Mileage — RO Club Rides     Erin Marchak           2,600 k

High Mileage — Permanent Rides Timothy Ormond 1,100 k

2015 Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Randonneurs Ontario Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, September 13 at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Barrie.  Keep an eye on the Randonlist and Facebook page for information about the 2016 ride schedule and special plans for some rides as well as some social get togethers over the winter.

Welcome to the 2015/2016 Board of Directors:

President: Arthur Reinstein
V-P Brevets Administration: Peter Leiss
Treasurer:  David Thompson
Secretary:  Bob Macleod
V-P Huron:  Carey Chappelle
V-P Ottawa: Guy Quesnel
V-P Simcoe Muskoka: David Thompson (2)
V-P Toronto: Stephen Jones
Member at large (Ottawa): Peter Grant
Member at large (Toronto): Martin Cooper
Member at large (Huron): Christopher Cossonnet
Member at large (Huron): Dick Felton
Director of Communications – Webmaster:  Vytas Janusauskas
Director of Communications – Blogger:  Andrea Ferguson Jones

Devils Week 2015

Here’s the opportunity to get all your Paris-Brest-Paris qualifiers done in one week. We are offering four rides out of Markham so you can complete your series. The routes are all available in the Toronto Route Archive ( and can be distinguished by the DW_ prefix on the name.

Woodville offers rolling hills through York and Durham regions. You may want to take the time for butter tarts in Little Britain

Carden Plain is a circumnavigation of Lake Simcoe though Newmarket, Barrie, and Orillia. Don’t miss on of Henk’s favourite Ontario attractions, the Kirkfield Lift Locks. (Seriously, they’re pretty cool.)

Oak Ridges Moraine traditionally starts in Erin Mills. For Devils Week, we’ve tweaked it a bit to start in Markham. For those that have done this ride before, this is a chance to see the Badlands in the daylight.

Haliburton Highlands is a tour of the cottage country north of Peterborough. Lakes and trees and rocks and water!

For those that are interested, accommodations are available at the Comfort Inn Toronto Northeast in Markham. The rate is $99 per night for both single or double occupancy. Contact the Comfort Inn directly at 1-866-477-6077 and reference CN278_Group.

All rides start at the Comfort Inn.

For more information, please contact Stephen Jones

On the other side of the world, the Kiwi Randonneurs had to get started early with their PBP qualifying rides with winter on the way so they ran their version in March.  They did their “Gran Turismo Series” over 8 days.  Here is a little taste: