Month of March , 2013

The Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour needs you

If you are not riding this year's RLCT your club needs your support. Either you or members of your family and friends can all be part of this year's tour. It takes a big effort to support the 2000, plus riders, who have registered for the 2013 tour. We are the hosts and we all have an interest in maintaining the success of this event. Talk to your friends and families. Lets all get involved. Contact Tom Stratton at (613) 831-3047 or email.

2013 Touring Schedules and Maps

The 2013 touring schedules and maps are online for the Sunday, Saturday and Tuesday evening programs on the Day Tours page.

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Office Hours

The OBC office will be closed on Wednesday March 27th and for the Easter long weekend. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday April 2nd. 

2013 RLCT Registration now closed

Registration for the 2013 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour is now closed. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email Andrew in the club office with your route and accommodation preference.  Please see the confirmation list to verify your registration status.  If you have already registered and lost your confirmation email, you can retrieve a new one via the EventsOnline website.

Good Friday TT info – March 29, 2013

  • Registration at Aviation Museum opens at 9:30, closes at 10:30
  • Number distribution, rider instructions will be given at 10:45, with the first rider starting shortly after 11

The Good Friday TT is free for all 2013 OBC members. Please note that we will NOT be selling memberships at the registration - please ensure that you have completed your 2013 membership application via the Becoming a Member page before Good Friday!

As in the past, members of other Ontario Cycling Association affiliated clubs and/or UCI license holders are welcome to participate in our series for $30. Please bring proof of 2013 membership (either your club card, license or citizen's permit). If your club has not issued membership cards, please have you club's membership co-ordinator do so!

To speed up registration, you can fill in and print the 2013 waver and seeding sheet ahead of time. 

We need help to run the TTs. If you want to participate in the TT without riding, please contact Peter Tregunno. We need help at the start, turn around and finish line.

The Good Friday TT is a "weather permitting" event - but only the most extreme weather (snow, rain, hail) would cause us to cancel. The long-range forecast is looking promising!

OBC Social – Wednesday, March 20th - The Coast To Coast USA Tour by Betsy Johnson

Please come out to Betsy's incredible mosaic of central southern USA landscapes, characters, and nifty eclectic places to visit, set to a wonderful collage of music. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) at 78 Lisgar, just across the street from the south entrance to Ottawa City Hall. Look for the anchor on the lawn. The presentation will start at about 7:30ish. Get there early for free parking on the east side of the building. Ring the door bell for access to the 3rd floor fully licenced lounge, along with baskets of potato-chips being served.

Reminder: Meeting for group leaders and clinic instructors

The meeting for group leaders and clinic instructors on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. will get you in gear for the 2013 season. Two officers from the Ottawa Police Service, Insp. Mark Ford and Sgt. Al Ferris, will give a talk on their duties working with the cycling community, and will be glad to answer your questions. You can also sign up as a group leader or group riding instructor for 2013. See you in the downstairs meeting room at the Club office on Booth Street.

For more information, please contact Doug MacDonald, Touring Director, or the club office. See you March 18.

March Spokesperson

The March issue of the Spokesperson is currently being distributed via e-mail.  It is also available on-line:

http://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/newsletter-20130301

March 18 meeting for group leaders and clinic instructors

Don't miss the meeting for group leaders and clinic instructors on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Club office on Booth Street. It's a chance for you to sign up as a group leader or group riding instructor for 2013. Special guests at the meeting will be officers from the Ottawa Police Service who will give their take on the cycling picture in the city and region.

The first group riding clinic will be Saturday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m. in front of the museum (red barn) at the Experimental Farm. The clinics will occur every Saturday to late June, except for a couple of Sunday sessions for members who can't make the Saturday times. The first Sunday ride is Sunday, April 7 at 9 a.m. at Billings Bridge Plaza.

For more information, please contact Doug MacDonald, Touring Director, or the club office. See you March 18.