Thursday, December 28, 2023

Colorado Rando Awardees - Round-Up for 2023!

    Here are Colorado randos who've earned RUSA, RM, and ACP awards in 2023!

For some of these awards, you need to apply to be recognized. You don't need to purchase the physical award. What's important is the goal and the accomplishment. For some, the physical award is a nice memento.

Some are challenges within the current year or a twelve-month period. Others recognize achievement over a number of years.

We congratulate our fellow randos for their persistence in achieving their goals!

You can see our cumulative awardees across the years here:
Super Randonneur · R-12 / P-12 · R-5000 / 10000 · Others

One-Year Awards
ACP Super Randonneur
American Randonneur  
Can-Am Challenge
Multi-Year Awards
ACP Randonneur 5000
ACP Randonneur 10000
RM Challenge Lepertel
Ultra Randonneur
Ultra R-12
Ultra P-12
Ultra Flèche
American Explorer
Rando Scout
— other awards not covered here 
RUSA Distance Awards
Ultra K-Hound


ACP Super Randonneur
Complete brevets of 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km in one year.

24 awardees in 2023.

ALLEN, Colin
BUSH, Debbie
EHLMAN, Thomas
ELLIS, John Lee
FEY, Jonathan
HOFF, Peter
KHAN, Rashid
LEDRU, Pascal
LONG, Beth
MOORE, Jennifer
MYERS, Brent
RAMOS, Mateo
SMITH, Vernon
TUREK, Michael
WARREN, Corinne

† Longer distances can be substituted - as for RUSA Ultra Randonneur award.
(1) First Super Randonneur award!

Complete a 200km or longer RUSA ride in each of 12 consecutive months.
Listed in order of achieving.

Paul Foley [9]
Bennett Sigmond [4]
John Lee Ellis [16]
Jim Howell [4]
Michael Turek [7]
Corinne Warren [6]
Rashid Khan
David Weigel [2]

Ultra R-12
Complete ten R-12's (need not be contiguous).

Ride a 100km to 199km RUSA ride in each of twelve consecutive months.

David Weigel
John Lee Ellis [10]
Paul Foley [5]
Dustin Harding
Jim Howell [2]
Corinne Warren [2]

Ultra P-12
Complete ten P-12's (need not be contiguous).

John Lee Ellis

Ultra Flèche
Complete any combination of ten RUSA-sanctioned ACP Flèche events and RUSA Arrow events. No time limit.

John Lee Ellis (2019)

ACP Randonneur 5000
Ride 5000 km in events including Paris-Brest-Paris, a Flèche, and 200km, 300km 400km, 600km and 1000km brevets within 48 months. (An Audax Club Parisien award, not RUSA.)

Rashid Khan
Jennifer Moore
Corinne Warren

ACP Randonneur 10000
Ride 10000 km in events including Paris-Brest-Paris, a Flèche, two series of 200km, 300km 400km, 600km and 1000km brevets, and a Super Randonnée 600k within 72 months (six years). (An Audax Club Parisien award, not RUSA.)

LRM Challenge Lepertel
In each of four successive years, complete a Grand Randonnée, one of which must be Paris-Brest-Paris, and not all of which can start in the same country. This award started in 2019, so 2023 was the first year having awardees.

Can-Am Challenge
Complete a US grand randonnée and a Canadian grand randonnée in one season.

No Canadian event in 2023.

And now for RUSA awards that randonneurs can work towards over multiple years ...

American Explorer
Cover at least ten different U.S. states and territories on RUSA rides.

Riders new to the American Explorer award, 
or added states in 2023:

Tom Ehlman (10)
Paul Foley (44)
Malcolm Fraser (23)

Complete at least one of each type of RUSA event, accumulating at least 5000km over a two-year period.

Rashid Khan
Jennifer Moore
Corinne Warren [2]

Ultra Randonneur
Complete ten Super Randonneur series over any number of years.
Corinne Warren

Coast to Coast
Complete four different RUSA 1200km or longer events over any number of years.

Pascal Ledru
2018 Cascade, 2018 Coulee Challenge, 2021 Colorado High Country, 2023 Colorado Front Range

The new Coast-to-Coast plaque featuring event logos,
developed by Dan Driscoll and Pam Wright

Complete 40,000km in RUSA rides - was a lifetime achievement award,
but can now be earned multiple times.

John Lee Ellis [5]
Dustin Harding
Jim Howell
Pascal Ledru
Michael Turek

Complete 100,000km in RUSA rides, over any number of years.

Paul Foley
John Lee Ellis [2]

American Randonneur Challenge
Complete two or more RUSA 1200km or longer events in one season.

Vernon M Smith [4]
Quick and Dirty 1200 / Colorado Front Range

Courtesy Randonneurs USA

Complete 10,000 km or more in RUSA events in one calendar year. Riders can also count foreign Grand Randonnées if needed. 

ELLIS, John Lee
SMITH, Vernon
WARREN, Corinne

Rando Scout
Ride at least 25 distinct RUSA populaire, brevet, or grand randonnée routes. No time limit. ("+" indicates additional new routes ridden this year.)

465334BRUCE, Robert
589735CRAMER, Cathy
877060 (+4)EHLMAN, Thomas
15346 (+2)ELLIS, John Lee
481931FELDMAN, Tim Foon
147168 (+2)FOLEY, Paul
314743FOSS, Ronaele
1263129 (+3)HARDING, Dustin
323025HOFF, Peter
1175432 (+6)HOWELL, Jim
1175430 (+4)KHAN, Rashid
1113332 (+2)KOVALENKO, Oksana
909433 (+2)LEDRU, Pascal
214535 (+2)LONG, Beth
602631 (+1)LOWE, Mark
167937 (+4)MANGIN, John
1175536 (+5)MOORE, Jennifer
212936 (+2)MYERS, Brent
547126NAKAMURA, Tammie
311227RUPEL, Ray
310852SHENK, Catherine
627632SHLACHTER, Jeremy
184249 (+4)SMITH, Vernon
355135SNAVELY, Henry
1017337 (+3)TUREK, Michael
1102430 (+2)TURNER, Jason
230728 (+1)WALSH, Bryce
789837 (+1)WARREN, Corinne
299328WISS, Dick

A Final Thought

RUSA has created these awards over time to give you more and more diverse goals to shoot for. Maybe you don't have the personal time to achieve K-Hound mileage, but have the grit to complete an R-12 ride each month for a year in hot and cold, sun and snow.

Set your own goals, and let your imagination and determination be your guides!

You can find details on each of these awards via the RUSA Awards page
including all those who've applied for recognition.

Bonne route!

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