Month of January , 2017

Westport (Back Again) May 17 - 19, 2017

Westport offers ideal terrain for Spring Training. Routes heading North to villages such as Maberly, Lanark, Sharbot Lake or Elphyn travel along mostly quiet but hilly roads. You can also enjoy more undulating terrain by heading East toward Brockville through small villages such as Athens, Delta and Lyndherst.

The tour will take you to the most impressive locks on the Rideau Canal Lock System (The Narrows, Newboro, Chaffeys, Davis and Jones Falls).

It is an ideal "first tour" for members to develop an appreciation for OBC Tours. Westport is only 90 minutes from Ottawa and accommodation at the Cove Inn  is quaint and very affordable.

More information and electronic registration available on the Westport page. 

Are you ready to ride?

Are you ready to ride?

Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour event registration opens on Wednesday February 1, 2017! All 2017 Ottawa Bicycle Club members, there is a discount. We hope you join us on the 46th Tour!

Did you ride RLCT 2013?

Here are some scenes from RLCT 2013. Did you ride? Registration for 2017 opens February 1st.

Remember RLCT 2015?

Here's a look back at RLCT 2015. Were you there? Registration for 2017 opens February 1st.

TWO OBC X-C Ski Socials!

Thursday, February 2nd AND Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017.

Back by popular demand, we are giving you TWO chances to get to an OBC Cross-country Ski Social!  On both nights, please meet in the P10 parking lot in Gatineau Park at 6:15 p.m.  We will ski up the Fortune Parkway and turn west at the T-junction toward the Champlain Lookout.  We will meet at the Huron Cabin at about 7:15 p.m. to 7:30ish.

2017 OBC membership registration

2017 OBC membership registration now open on the Becoming a Member page.

Ride the track

Track Cycling Trips to the Forest City Velodrome - Feb 24-26 & March 24-26 

I am planning two weekend trips to Forest City Velodrome (FCV) in London Ontario. One in February and one in March. All ages, from 13 to adult to, well, "even older than me" are welcome. New track riders are welcome, but all participants should have strong basic cycling skills, and be able to maintain a speed of at least 35KPH for 10 minutes. 

Spring to Virginia April 21st to 29th

This year, we'll be returning to two of our favourite locations: Lexington, Virginia and Strasbourg, Pennsylvania. This trip is a great way to kick start your cycling season cycling on quiet paved roads. The terrain ranges from small towns, farms, horse ranches on palatial estates, to forest and are considered by many to be some of the best cycling available in North America. This trip offers a range of cycling options for the recreational cyclist to the more hard core. You will be able to select rides each day of 40 km on rolling terrain to 150 km in the Blue Ridge mountains. History buffs will appreciate the rich military history of Lexington. Strasburg is located in the center of Amish country.

The Tour is limited to 24 participants so be sure to submit your application form early - in the past this tour has filled quickly. Registration deadline is Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Accommodation has been booked on a shared basis (two people per room).

More information and electronic registration available on the Spring to Virginia page.

Rideau Lakes Update

Registration for June 10-11 2017 RLCT opens February 1, 2017

OBC Social January 25th 2017 "Southern India"

OBC Social January 25th 2017 "Southern India"

The presentation is at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) CROW'S NEST at 78 Lisgar It begins at 7:30 p.m. 'ish'. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Look for the anchor on the lawn directly across the street from the south entrance of Ottawa City Hall. And, there is a cash bar to boot. Let's hope to see you there. Note: there is limited free parking on the east side of the building. Get there early for a spot.

To most people, the idea of travel to India conjures images of the Taj Mahal, the great Mughal (Muslim) architecture and the magnificent Hindu temples of the north.

January Spokesperson

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