Month of April , 2014

Time Trial Series

Open TT series starts May 1st. Women's TT series starts May 6th. All of the details for the open series are on the open TT webpage and the WTT info is on the WTT webpage.

Please note that parking at the Aviation Museum is now "Pay and Display". We've heard that a few people got tickets on a Saturday.

Tuesday Night Ride Cancellation

Please note that today's Tuesday Night ride (April 29th) is cancelled because of inclement weather.

See you next week.

André Gauthier
Touring Director

OBC Garage Sale Wednesday, May 21st

This is a reminder for the 'must social event of the year'!  Come to the OBC Garage Sale where cycling related shopping for deals is amazing.  Over the years I have picked up some dandy deals, including a set of 1019 Alexrims wheels that included tires, tubes, and the gear cluster for $65 (perfect for the backup bike), a  World Cycling Tour cycling jersey for $3 (easily an $80 deal), assorted sets of cycling socks (in the package) for a $1 a pair, and a $7 bicycle that my son still rides to and from school.  If you have anything, and I mean ANYTHING related to cycling, grab a spot at a table and put it for sale and see what happens.  Come for the deals and stay for the fun.

2014 Advanced Skills Clinic - May 5th at Centrepointe

2014 Advanced Skills Clinic - May 5th at Centrepointe

The first session of the skills clinic has been moved to the council chamber in Ben Franklin Place at 101 Centrepointe Dr.

This is the same building that houses Centrepointe Theatre.  There is plenty of free parking around the bldg.

 The session still starts at 6:30

Tuesday Night Ride Cancellation

Please note that today's Tuesday Night ride (April 22) is cancelled because of inclement weather.

See you next week.

André Gauthier
Touring Director

Bushtukah Spring OBC Members Night

Bushtukah (a RLCT sponsor) would like to invite you and the members of the OBC to join us for our annual Spring VIP Savings Night, Sunday April 27th from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

This is a pre-season event for our most valued customers at our Westboro Location, 203 Richmond Rd only.

Sunday Ride Update

The ride to Gatineau Park will be cancelled because there is still snow and people on skis. This week's Sunday ride will head west, as planned, to either Stittsville (60km) or Ashton (85km) with a possible ride to Manotick (48km) for the Ramblers.
See you on Sunday.

André Gauthier
Touring Director

Good Friday TT info – April 18, 2014

  • 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 2014 OBC members. Please note that we will NOT be selling memberships at the registration - please ensure that you have completed your 2014 membership application via our Becoming a Member page before Good Friday!

Tuesday Night Ride Cancelled

April 15th Tuesday Night ride to Carlsbad Springs is cancelled due to inclement weather.
See you next week.

André Gauthier
Touring Director

Club Hours

OBC Club House (Office) now open Mondays and Wednesdays 3pm-8pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm at our new location (two doors to the right of our previous location).

Laura Jane Johnson
OBC Admin

Tuesday Night Ride possible cancellation

Please note that because of more inclement weather on the horizon, the Tuesday Night ride may be cancelled. The final decision will be posted Tuesday afternoon. Please check the website for a final announcement.

André Gauthier
Touring Director

Finger Lakes Tour : Friday June 20 - Sunday June 22

We will be returning to the Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn, NY for our Fri. & Sat. night stay. Driving time from Ottawa is about 4h. The cycling routes offer panoramic views of lakes Owasco, Skaneateless, and Otisco. While many roads are quiet, they also tend to be quite hilly, similar to riding in the Gatineaus. The cycling is spectacular and various route options and maps will be provided. 

OBC Social on Wednesday, April 16th

Total Training Elements by Coach Duane Jones, PhD

Come and see Coach Duane Jones PhD,CSEP-CPT Technosport Master Swim,Tri & Multisport Club, operating from the University of Ottawa.

His presentation on "Total Training Elements" includes:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Seasonal training plan
  3. Heart rates 
  4. Goal setting

He is also generously providing handouts.

RLCT Update

RLCT registration is now closed.

Finger Lakes Tour : Friday June 20 - Sunday June 22

We will be returning to the Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn, NY for our Fri. & Sat. night stay. Driving time from Ottawa is about 4h. The cycling routes offer panoramic views of lakes Owasco, Skaneateless, and Otisco. While many roads are quiet, they also tend to be quite hilly, similar to riding in the Gatineaus. The cycling is spectacular and various route options and maps will be provided. 

RLCT Update

Book your RLCT ride today - only 20 spots left.

RLCT Volunteer Positions

Preparations for this year's Tour are well on their way. We've had many inquiries and some commitments made to volunteering. A number of returning volunteers have already committed to returning to this year's Tour. However, we need more to help with the following activities in the various locations noted below.  Below is a brief description of what you can expect by signing up to volunteer.

2014 Touring Schedules and Maps

The 2014 touring schedules and maps are online for the Sunday, Saturday and Tuesday evening programs on the Day Tours page or below. Sunday program starts April 6th, Tuesday evening program starts April 15th, Saturday program starts May 3rd.

Saturday Group Riding Clinic Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather and the poor and unsafe conditions of the roadways in the Experimental Farm, the Group Riding Clinic for Saturday April 5th has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date. The next clinic will be Saturday April 12th.

OBC Masters Racing Program

The OBC masters team is happy to announce a new program coming for OBC masters racers. Building on the success of the OBC's Learn to Ride/Race program, we have decided to create a structured practice series that will allow OBC masters riders to learn and perfect their racing skills at the same time as getting in some good training riding. The program is oriented to new and experienced OBC members alike and is intended to be a fun and learning racing environment. For more information, please visit the new updated OBC masters page under OBC race teams.

April Spokesperson

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

2014 Good Friday TT and Open TT Season

As always, the open TT series starts with the Good Friday TT (April 18th 2014).

Registration will be between 9:30 and 10:30, in the Aviation Museum parking lot. We'll aim to have the first rider off at 11 am, but we might run a few minutes late as this is the first event of the year.

Participation rules remain the same as 2013 - current OBC members, free. Members of other Ontario cycling clubs (bring your card!), or licensed racers (Canadian UCI licenses, only!) $30 for the season. No try before you buy offers! Not a member? Sign up on-line before hand!!!

Not ready to ride a TT yet? Still want to get out on Good Friday? Please consider being a volunteer - timekeeper, turn-around marshal, registration, whatever! This is always one of the largest TTs of the year (over 100 riders last year) - we'll need your help!

The Open and Women's TT series start on May 1st (open) and 6th (Women's).

OBC Social on Wednesday, April 16th

Total Training Elements by Coach Duane Jones, PhD

Come and see Coach Duane Jones PhD,CSEP-CPT Technosport Master Swim,Tri & Multisport Club, operating from the University of Ottawa.

His presentation on "Total Training Elements" includes: