Month of March , 2014

RLCT Volunteers

Greetings All Returning, New and Thinking About it RLCT Volunteers

We are off to a great start in terms of numbers of volunteers for RLCT 2014. Thanks to all who've confirmed their availability.

Last year we had about 80 volunteers. The numbers needed for this year will likely be similar. The plan is to create a Master List that includes a surplus of volunteers to draw upon if needed.

Why Volunteer? Read what returning volunteers say.....

Vermont Tours 2014

Vermont Tours 2014

August 1 - 10

Dollar's Decline Doing Little Damage

The beginning of August once more sees the club in Vermont for two of our most popular touring events. The tours this year should be very appealing with attractive locations and great cycling routes for all abilities. The price for the weekend this year has gone up to $295, mostly because of the exchange rate but also because we're staying in nicer accommodation with better breakfast and a dinner included on Saturday night. The Inn-to-Inn tour, on the other hand, has dropped again, to only $600 (from $675 last year).

For more information, see the Vermont Tour page

2014 Advanced Skills Clinic - Starts May 5th

This popular eight-week clinic is aimed at riders who want to develop the skills needed to ride safely in a group with a high level of skill and fun. The sessions will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm during May and June.

Sessions: Mondays from May 5th, 6:30pm
Organizer: Bob Hicks, e-mail , 613 862-1024   

Registration & Cost

PLEASE NOTE: for 2014, because of the absence of an office administrator, please send an email to Bob Hicks indicating your plans to attend the course and bring a cheque for $50 along with the completed rider info form to the first session.

For more information, see the Advanced Skills Clinic

RLCT Update

Book your RLCT ride today - only 100 spots left.

Learn to Race Team Kickoff and Parent Meeting - Monday March 24th

We will be hosting an information session for parents at the Hintonburg Community Center (1064 Wellington St W) at 7 pm. We will provide you with an overview of the program and the season plans, bike information, and answer your questions. Our program teaches riding skills and provides fun racing opportunities for youth, with practices held twice a week throughout the spring and summer. Please see the program information page for more details or contact the Racing Director.

RLCT Update

The Century Ride from Perth is full and registration for this route is now closed. There is no waiting list.

OBC Social - March 19th

OBC Social - March 19th

OBC Social - Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
A Louisiana State University Collegiate Cyclist From Ontario - Mike Bitton

Please come out to meet Mike Bitton and learn about his experience as a LSU Cycling and LSU Triathlon team member. Find out how he recovered from a tragic cycling accident and how he fought back from this near death experience to gain back what he needed to do - walk and breath and live normally again. He's a great guy with a very compelling story.

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 lounge. Members and non-members are welcome!

George Gonis - OBC Social Director

Take the lead this season

The 2014 cycling season is bearing down on us faster than we might think. In a few weeks it will be spring. It's again time for group leaders and group riding clinic instructors, old and new, to make some entries in their planning calendars.

The OBC club rides need group leaders each week, including for the Ramblers (speed range of 19 to 22 km/h). Anyone who has been a group leader will tell you it's a great way to get to know fellow OBC members and show them the pleasures of group riding.

There will also be a need for group riding instructors as well to help new members learn about riding safely and efficiently in a pack, respecting the rules of the road, keeping a bicycle in top shape, and much more.

If you are interested in confirming or adding your name to the group leader or riding instructor rosters, plus enjoy some knowledge swapping and refreshments, come to the meeting for group leaders and clinic instructors on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Club office on Booth Street.

March Spokesperson

The March issue of the Spokesperson has been distributed via e-mail. It is also available on-line.