Month of August , 2014

WTT Invitational

The popular WTT Invitational will be held on August 26th.   Teams include a woman and a cycling partner of any gender (women can also ride on their own). Adults can also ride with kids, including boys up to & including Minime.

Give your team a funky name and pre-register by clicking on my name below (pre-registration makes seeding easier). You can also register on site the day of.

Also, when you register, let me know if you'll join us for the Annual Awards Dinner to follow at Grace O'Malley's. Awards will be presented to the fastest team of the night, as well as the overall best riders of the WTT Series.

It would be great to see you there!

Sophie Matte
WTT Coordinator
(819) 827-2707
E-mail me

Summers End Century September 27 – 28, 2014

Plans for the September weekend to Mont Tremblant are finally complete.

The dates for 2014 are Saturday Sept 27th and Sunday Sept 28th.

The safest route for cyclists is the same as last year with a remote start from St Remi d'Amherst, a 1 ½ hour drive from Ottawa. The town has agreed to provide free parking for our cars.

The route from Amherst to our destination at the Hotel du Lac, on the shore of Lac Tremblant looking across to the ski slopes of Mont Tremblant, is a beautiful 100km + ride east through Huberdeau and Lac des Seize Iles before turning north past St Adolphe d'Howard to St Agathe des Monts and then west via one of several options to arrive at the hotel.

The route is winding, with lots of up and down, through a number of the small towns and along the shorelines of some of the many lakes that dot the region.  Those who did the tour in 2013 will remember that the ups (hills) are a mixture of some leisurely and some a bit more challenging.  We are currently reviewing the routes in the hopes of smoothing out some of the hills.

The cost for the weekend is as follows:

  • $155 per person based on double occupancy

  • $145 per person based on triple occupancy

  • $135 per person based on quadruple occupancy

  • $205 per person for single occupancy

The package includes a 4-course dinner in the dining room with panoramic view and complete buffet breakfast. Lodging is in 1 or 2 bedroom condos with king, queen, twin or sofa bed plus bathroom, kitchen, living room, fireplace, & balcony. Each condo offers a view of the lake and mountain.

All guests have free access to indoor pool, sauna, gym, and jacuzzi as well as wireless internet access.

We have 20 rooms only for the tour, which limits participation to 40 - 50 people depending upon the mixture of occupancy.  

Registration for the tour will be closed on September 13th.

Application Form

Tuesday Night Ride Cancelled

Due to the weather forecast, tonight's ride is cancelled.  For those who want to ride regardless of the rain,  the maps are available on-line.

OBC BBQ at Baxter Conservation Area updated with maps

And now for something completely different! Yes, the great OBC BBQ is coming soon. Book your calendars for Sunday, August 17th, 2014. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and goes to about 2:00 p.m. Meet us at the Baxter Conservation Area (at the corner of Dilworth and Rideau Valley Drive South). The Baxter Conservation Centre is located 6.5 km due south of Kars. At this junction, go south on Carter Road, along the Rideau River to the end and look for the Interpretive Centre (about 1 km). BBQ sausages or veggie burgers, vegetables, snacks, and refreshments will be served. Look for the OBC banner and signs. For those of you who bring the family, there is a unsupervised beach and changing area. Welcome! We look forward to seeing you.

The departure will be from the Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe Avenue. This is the first in a number of new departure locations that offer more destinations while reducing considerably urban traffic. Three routes will be available on the day: 70km to the Baxter Conservation Area, 105-ish km via Osgoode and a longer ride of about 125km travelling east to Metcalfe before heading back through Osgoode, up over the bridge at Kars and down to the conservation area for the BBQ.


Each of the three routes is available as a link to the website, a pdf file, or a .gpx file 


George Gonis - OBC Social Director

Andre Gauthier - OBC Touring Director

August Spokesperson

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