Month of May , 2016

RLCT Maps Updated

The maps, cue sheets and gpx files for the Century and Cruise routes have been updated (V3) as follows:

  • Washrooms and potable water are available at the Narrows Lockstation - Century route
  • Sunbury General Store - convenience store and food - Century and Cruise routes

RLCT Cycling Maps

OBC Youth Program Registration

OBC Youth Program Registration is open. The summer session starts the weekend of July 2nd. Registration details are at the bottom of the OBC Youth Program page.

Adirondack Quickie August 26 - 28 2016

"I can't believe how good the cycling is here!"

It's back. This will be the 12th running of the tour and its fourth (yes fourth!) accommodation. We're back at the Mountain Brook Lodge, hosted by the same colourful and unique host. Still it's the same great season, same great locale. So dust off your climbing gears...

Lac Saint-Jean Saguenay Registration Deadline Extended to June 13th

Due to the 2 week weather delay in the start of our cycling season, we are extending the registration closing date from June 1 to June 13th for the Lac Saint-Jean Saguenay Tour.

Application forms and additional information on the Lac Saint-Jean Saguenay page.  


Sunday Ride Departure Location Change

This Sunday Ride departure and routes have been changed from Moussette Park to Hilton Garden Inn to avoid any conflict with the Ottawa Race weekend marathon road closures Sunday morning. The departure will be from the Hilton Garden Inn on Alert Rd near the Ottawa International Airport. The Moussette Park departure will take place later in the season.

WTT May 31st - 10km Distance

Just a reminder that we have five 10km Women's Time Trials this month, which is unusual.  Next Tuesday we will still be at the parking lot about 2.5km east of the Aviation Museum for a 10km route.  Beginning in June, we will be meeting at the Aviation Museum for 15km time trials.  Hope to see you ladies there!

Finger Lakes Tour Registration Closed

Thank you for all of your interest in Finger Lakes! We have 34 participants, and registration is now closed.

OBC 'Spring Thing' Picnic Sunday, May 22nd

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.'ish' Watson's Mill Historic Park in Manotick

The OBC 'Spring Thing'! is the invention of André Gauthier, our day tour director, with the intent of giving those cyclists getting ready for the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour another reason to get out there and train. Please cruise by to take part in the 'Build Your Own Sandwich' event complete with Panini presses to heat up your creation.

RLCT 2016 - Bib #s Sent, Maps Available

The following changes to your registration can be made up to midnight May 22nd:

  • your personal information, emergency contact, etc
  • type of room (single, two beds, double bed)
  • your roommate

Email any changes or transfer notifications to our Office Admin, Laura, at

2016 RLCT Maps

2016 RLCT Maps are now available on the RLCT maps page.

Finger Lakes Cycle Tour Reminder - Entries Due by Friday, May 20th

Just a reminder that applications for our Finger Lakes tour are due Friday, May 20th.  There are still quite a few spots remaining, please get your applications in ASAP.  We would love to have you.

For more info on the tour, please view the tour page and application form here or contact Joanne Schuck at

Annual OBC Garage Sale & New Members Night Wednesday, May 11th

Just a quick reminder of the OBC Social Wednesday, May 11th! I was at the first Group Riding Clinic of the year and there were over 60 enthusiastic new members taking the course at the Experimental Farm. Let's hope many of you who went on the 16th can come to this OBC event as well. Of course, all are welcome, returning members, and non-members as well. For those of you that just like to browse, come on down. If you wish to unload your cycling and/or sports related stuff, please feel free to grab a space at a table and sell, sell, sell!

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. Get there early for free parking on the east side of the building. There is a cash bar.

We look forward to seeing you!

George Gonis - OBC Social Director

RLCT Update - Registration Closes Monday, May 9!

Just a reminder that RLCT Registration closes Monday, May 9th.  There are a few spots remaining in both the Century Tour (from Perth to Kingston & return) and the Classic/Cruise/Challenge Tours (from Ottawa to Kingston & return).  Info & registration for the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour may be found here:

We look forward to seeing everyone on the weekend of June 11-12, 2016!

PS:  We are still looking for volunteers.  If you aren't riding this year, perhaps you could connect with us about our volunteer opportunities outlined here:

Sunday Ride (Mother's Day) Remote Start

This Sunday's ride departure is a remote start from the Hilton Garden Inn, at 2400 Alert Rd, near the Ottawa International airport. There is no departure from Billings Bridge. Do not park your vehicles in the Hilton parking lot; Park, instead, in lot E3 adjacent to the Inn on Thad Johnson Drive. There will be signs to indicate where to leave your vehicles. See the OBC calendar  for more details.

May Spokesperson

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