Month of March , 2016

Youth Program Parents Information Night - April 4th

Please plan to attend an upcoming Youth Program Parents Information Night on Monday April 4th from 7pm to 9pm at the Tom Brown Arena Hall (upstairs), 141 Bayview Rd. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Greg Douglas : E-mail 
OBC Youth Program Director

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17, 2016

For the third year this tour will be returning to the Auberge Harris in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu for our Friday and Saturday night stay - July 15-17, 2016. Once again, we will be hosted at the Auberge by Mme Boucher-Boutin who will provide us with facilities for early arrival on Friday and late departure on Sunday for those who want to get in extra rides at the start or finish of our tour. The Auberge has a beautiful outdoor pool for relaxation following an exhilarating ride or even in lieu of a ride on one of the 3 days. The Auberge is designed to accommodate cycling groups. Check out their website for more information.

Additional information and application forms on the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu page.

Day Tours 2016

The 2016 Day Tours season is just around the snowbank, beginning (April 2) April 16th with a Group Riding Clinic and on Sunday (April 3) April 17th, our first Sunday ride from Billings Bridge. The Saturday and Tuesday evening programs get the green light in a few weeks once the days are longer and the thermometer nears double digits.

What can you expect this season:

Touring Schedules

The full schedules for the Sunday, Saturday and Tuesday Evening touring programs have been entered into the new club google calendar.

2016 Touring Events

OBC Social Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Angella Goran - Cross-Canada Cycling Tour

HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess, 78 Lisgar, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Angella Goran's recent Cross-Canada Cycling Tour in support of the Canadian Wildlife Federation will be the main topic. And, for a bonus, she is pumped to show us a sneak preview of a large scale cycling event coming up in Ottawa to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.Angella's athletic background is considerable. She was a former member of the Canadian National Rowing Team. She is currently training on a grand level to fulfill a dream of regaining Canadian National status, but in cycling this time. Check out this news video .

Both OBC members and non-members are welcome to the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (78 Lisgar) on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, to meet with Angella and see her presentation. Get there early for door prizes! The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Angella will start at about 7:30 p.m. Don't forget there is a cash bar and potato chips are served free of charge.Note: there is limited free parking beside the building. Get there early for a spot.

George Gonis - OBC Social Director 

Good Friday Time Trial cancelled

Due to the freezing rain/ice pellet forecast for Friday morning, the Good Friday Time Trial is cancelled. The open and women's series will start in the first week of May.

Peter Tregunno 

Vermont Tours 2016 - Application forms now available

Long prized for great cycle routes, good roads and interesting accommodation, Vermont has been a popular OBC tour destination. Over the years we have visited all corners of Vermont as well as excursions into the neighbouring states. The Club offers two Vermont tours. The "Vermont Weekend" scheduled for the long weekend at the beginning of August includes three nights' accommodation and meals. This year we plan to return to the Brandon Inn in Brandon VT. The second OBC Vermont tour, the "Vermont Inn-to-Inn", takes place immediately after the Vermont Weekend. This is a weeklong tour (six nights' accommodation and meals). Originally the group moved to a new inn almost every day using the club van to transport everyone's gear. The increasing popularity of this tour made it very difficult to find inns willing to accommodate a large group for only one night. In 2011 the format changed to spending three nights at two different inns. This year the tour will stay at two inns - one in Northern Massachusetts and one in southern New Hampshire.

Application forms now available on the Vermont Tours page. 

Finger Lakes Tour June 24 – 26, 2016 - Application forms now available

The Finger Lakes (New York) area is known for its quiet, rolling roads with picturesque scenes in every direction. We will be staying at Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn, NY for our Friday & Saturday, June 24 & 25th weekend. It's a short 4 hour drive from Ottawa. 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.    

Application forms now available on the Finger Lakes page. 

Holiday Weekend - Office Closed

The office will be closed this Easter weekend, and back to regular hours next Wednesday, March 30th.  Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Good Friday Time Trial - Friday, March 25th

The Good Friday TT is scheduled for this Friday (March 25). Registration between 9:30 and 10:30, first rider off at 11am. Free for OBC members (with proof of 2016 membership), $30 for members of other OCA affiliated clubs and UCI license holders.

Note that the forecast is showing snow on Thursday into Friday. Snow on the road is one of the only reasons why we'd cancel the TT. I'll be watching the weather closely, and I'll post a final go/no-go by 8 am Friday.

Volunteers - our TT series NEEDS people to help out. The minimum contingent is a holder, a starter, a turn around marker, a timer and a recorder. If you're not ready to TT (this is an early Good Friday year...), please consider coming out and helping. Without enough volunteers, there will be no TT!!!

Peter Tregunno

Westport Update - Sold Out!

Thank you for all of your interest in Westport!  We sold out quickly, even with the additional rooms we were able to get.  Registration is now closed.

Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour Registration is now 70% FULL

Please join the OBC first to get your OBC member discount. Early Bird 10% discount ends March 31st .

Please review the Registration Information page before proceeding to the on-line registration site. After you have registered, consider joining our Facebook Event page to receive the latest news.

Westport Update - One Room Left

Our Westport Tour has surpassed our expectations and is nearly sold out.  We have one room left with a queen bed at a premium price due to view $125 per night, double occupancy.  First come, first served.

Almonte Paris-Roubaix Registration Open

Registration for the annual Almonte Paris-Roubaix taking place Sunday, April 10, 2016 is now open.  Details can be found at cyclocross.org.  You may register at ccnbikes.   

Northumberland Tour - May 20th to 23rd 2016

Spring Riding followed by BBQ and (many) refreshments

The annual OBC tour to Coburg is once again scheduled for the May long weekend at the Breakers Motel.

Another OBC X-C Ski Social! Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

I know it's late in the season, but due to popular demand, we are having another OBC Cross-country Ski Social!

OBC Group Leaders’ Meeting, March 10

Thursday, March 10, 7:00pm  at the OBC club office 170B Booth Street (at Albert).