April Spokesperson

In this issue:

 



President's Message

April showers bring the ramping up of our cycling season. In recent months, our OBC members have been using their spinning bikes. Some have tried the indoor tracks in southern Ontario and others have cycled with their phat bikes or plied the nearby cross-country ski trails.

All our Board members and their volunteer teams have been busy with touring leader training for day tours, planning and advertising our longer touring events, getting ready for Time Trials, launching the youth and junior race programs, our annual Skills Clinic, and of course our monthly socials. These are a great opportunity to talk cycling with new and returning OBC members.

The 46th Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour (June 10-11) is a little more than two months from now and registration is open, but filling up fast. The Committee is hard at work tending to the many details that focus on safety, training and communications.

We are always open to more volunteer help and welcome your ideas. In the meantime, may this be a safe cycling year for you and our fellow cyclists.

Cheers,

Jenny Moore

Touring Program starts next weekend

Spring is finally here, which means the OBC Day Tour season will be starting soon. The season will start with a Group Riding Clinic on April 8th, and the first Day Tour will start on April 9th.

I also want to remind the day tour participants that helmets are now mandatory, as the club has updated its policy and risk management plan to comply with the requirements of the OCA. The risk management plan is available on the club website.

Please be sure to consult the club website, our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page for updates and possible cancellations, as the weather and road conditions are unpredictable at this time of the year. We will post any changes on the evening before the ride at the latest.

I wish you all a great and safe cycling season!

Nicolas Déry

Director, OBC Touring Program

Northumberland Registration Open

Northumberland May 19 to 22, 2017  -Spring Riding in southern Ontario!

nThe annual OBC tour to Coburg is once again scheduled for the May long weekend at the Breakers Motel, we check in on Friday and usually finish on Monday morning with easy quick rides before heading home. Previous  year's trips have been a great success, with sunny days, cool evenings and the BBQ at the ready for Saturday and Sunday evening meals. Tour participants have been rewarded with cool mornings and warm daytime temps along the various routes. The lake is waiting just a few feet away from our rooms for those of you who are adventurous enough to take a dip after your days ride.  Friday evening is usually set aside for a dinner out with the tour participants and discussions on the various riding options for the next few days.  The touring area around Coburg is ideal for the spring training required for preparation of our upcoming longer rides, with many of the routes in the 100 K range and a few hills to practice our group riding skills.

We're looking forward to meeting with all of you in this most enjoyable early season touring event!

Additional information and on-line registration available on the Northumberland page.

Finger Lakes Registration Open 

Friday June 23 - Sunday June 25, 2017

We will be staying at Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn, NY which is about a 4 hour drive from Ottawa.

The cycling routes offer beautiful views of the nearby lakes. While many roads are quiet, they also tend to be hilly, similar to riding in Gatineau park. The nearby town of Skaneateless is a great place to enjoy coffee, bakery goods or ice cream by the lake. 

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There's a Friday afternoon ride starting at 1pm, for those who can make it & early check in 11am. Maps will be provided and tour participants should meet outside the inn to form groups.

The cost per person includes Fri. & Sat. accommodation and 2 continental breakfasts. There is a happy hour from 5-7pm on Fri. Dinners are not included but there are restaurants within easy walking distance.

Additional information and on-line registration available on the Finger Lakes page.

Vermont Weekend Registration Open

Vermont weekend ( Aug 4 to 7) 2017

The Vermont Weekend has been a very popular tour, with as many as 150 members spending the long August civic holiday weekend exploring the roads of the state from a base in one its small colleges.  In recent years we've been staying in more upscale accommodation and there are more competing tours on the OBCs calendar, so the participation has dropped, but there is still nowhere else within a day's drive where the cycling is as good..

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This year, we're going once again to the Brandon Inn, in Brandon, VT.  It's a lovely, comfortable Inn, on the west side of the ridge of mountains that splits the state.  Those who have stayed here before have been nearly unanimous in asking to return!

Additional information and on-line registration available on the Vermont Weekend page.  

Vermont Inn to Inn Registration Open 

Vermont Inn to Inn (Aug 7 to 13) 2017

This year`s Vermont Inn to Inn takes place Monday August 7th to Sunday August 13th. We have made arrangements with two inns: the first three nights will be in Norwich, Vermont and then the last three in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

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Additional information and on-line registration available on the Vermont Inn to Inn page.

Advanced Skills Clinic 2017

Starts Monday, April 24, 6:30pm in the Council Chamber at Ben Franklin Place

Being a better rider does not mean being a faster rider. For those of you who have already taken the group riding clinic and/or have some experience riding in groups, this advanced clinic will help you to improve the skills you already have and to develop additional skills and confidence to enjoy your cycling at a level you may not have thought possible.

Nine Weekly, Monday Evening Sessions

The course will be taught in nine weekly sessions starting Monday, April 24th. More information and details of the curriculum can be found on the OBC website at www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/advanced-skills-clinic

Registration Required

You must register and pay a $50 fee to take this clinic. You'll get most of your $50 back with a free graduation dinner on the closing night.

Not for Beginners

The course is not for beginners, so if you do not have much experience, you should take the introductory Group Riding Clinic first, go on club rides, and come back next year for the advanced clinic.

Road Bikes Only

The course involves lots of agility work and group riding. You must bring a bike with drop handlebars and NO time trial bars. We've been flexible about this in the past, but no longer.

Although we do not promote this as a "learn to race" course, the curriculum has been adapted from Cycling Canada's "Learn to Race" manual and continuously developed over more than 25 years by OBC coaches. The skills are the same required by a competent racing cyclist and many students do go on from this clinic to become successful racers.

A New Session on Traffic Safety

We're adding one classroom session on traffic safety to the curriculum this year. The details of this session are not yet complete.

The Coaches

This clinic has been extremely well supported every year by its volunteer coaches, many of whom have or have had successful racing careers, and some of whom have decades of experience teaching these skills. Former students are nearly unanimous in their praise of what they have learned from the clinic, so register early as there is a limit to the number of students we can accommodate.

Euro-Sports & Bike 2 Body - Our Business Partners

For several years, Mike Bennett of Euro-Sports and Mary Paterson of Bike 2 Body have been generously donating their time and expertise to the skills clinic. Mike checks and ensures that all bikes are in satisfactory mechanical condition for the clinic; Mary, a registered physiotherapist and certified bike fit professional, provides a basic bike fit for all students. These services help provide us with a safer learning environment and ensure that no student is handicapped by a bike that is not properly fitted to their body.

Additional information and registration available on the Advanced Skills Clinic page. 

Youth Program Parent Info Night

It's time to start thinking about spring cycling as we invite you to the 2017 OBC Youth Program Parent Info Night on April 3rd, 7pm-9pm.  This important meeting will be held at the Tom Brown Arena Hall (upstairs), 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3. The session information has been updated on the Youth Program page.

Registration Now Open for the OBC Youth Program 

All riders (including parents who accompany riders) must be members of the Ottawa Bicycle Club, and bring their membership cards with them at all registered events. The online registration process includes:

  1. Purchase an OBC Membershipif not already done
  2. Purchase the OCA Membership, if not already done
  3. Complete the online registration form  for each child 
  4. Select the learning events desired for each child
  5. Confirm the OBC Privacy and Data Usage Consent
  6. Complete the OCA youth waiver and send it to the Ontario Cycling Association as instructed.

https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/2017-ottawa-bicycle-club-youth-program

Risk Management Plan

As part of its affiliation agreement with the Ontario Cycling Association, the OBC provides them with our risk management plan. In the past, we pointed them to the education section of our web site and they were happy with that. For a club with as many members and activities as we have and that has been operating continuously for over 45 years, our safety record is enviable.

A couple of years ago, the OCA began to ask us for a document, so we have obliged and assembled our various risk management practices into a single file that can be passed around and referred to without the need to view it online. That document is now available on our website to download. It can be found under the Education heading on the navigation pane.

Note that the plan does not currently apply to events that operate under separate insurance coverage. That includes the Rideau Lakes Tour and the Cyclocross series. In fact, it does not include events that are open to non-members as these operate under different risk management plans tailored to their unique needs.

There is an accompanying document, "Education in the Ottawa Bicycle Club" that is a package of the education pages of the OBC website compiled into a more traditional document, complete with table of contents. It is also available from the same page as the risk management plan.

Every Member's Responsibility

The risk management plan is not simply a document we send to the OCA as a formality, it attempts to describe accurately how we as club members conduct ourselves to ensure our activities take place as safely as possible. Every member should be familiar with the details of this plan and comply with it:

Ottawa Bicycle Club 2017 Risk Management Plan for Member Activities

RLCT Update

Wanted: A volunteer crew. RLCT is less than three months away. We are looking for energetic and smiling volunteers to help make this the best tour ever. We need you, your partner, spouse, students and teenagers or friends that are interested in helping out for a few hours or for the weekend. We have many roles to fill that include registering cyclists in both Ottawa and Kingston, working on the road crew, supplying water, luggage truck drivers etc.

Perks to volunteering include a breakfast or BBQ meal, a T shirt and many happy smiles and gratitude on that day from over two thousand cyclists. If you are a student, this can count towards your mandatory high school volunteer hours. For some positions in Kingston, you can still ride one day of the Tour, you receive a meal and/or a stay at Queen's University.

Check out volunteer positions and if you are interested, please register at: http://ottawabicycleclub.ivolunteer.com/rlct_2017. Or if you have questions, please contact the Event Manager, Susanne Reid at rideaulakescycletour@gmail.com for further information.

In other news, a new website is being developed for the RLCT. This should be up and available in early May. We will keep you posted so that you can review and download maps and get important event information. Especially if this is your first time, you will find the new website really helpful.

Last but not least, your Tour Committee has been working hard on getting everything ready for the Tour. March, April and May are the Committee's busiest and craziest months. We recently met with ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), who has been providing communication on our supported routes for many many years. You may know them as the guys and gals sitting by the roadside in either lawn chairs or with a vehicle. They set up communication stations and mobile units to monitor the supported routes of the tour and keep the route marshals and organization team up to date on any issues on the road. As well, they provide a sweep at the end of the days and are in regular contact with the start and finish areas regarding the route and cyclists. For safety, they also help direct SAG wagons to people needing assistance. In mid-April, we are meeting with Queen's University to sort out logistics for the finish area.

If you haven't registered yet, there is still space. We have over 1400 riders registered!

The planning team hopes that you are out riding and enjoying the warmer spring air, snow-free roads and thinking about sunnier days to come.

OBC Social Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

At the HMCS By Town Officers' Mess (78 Lisgar Avenue),
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

Canada Crossing on a Tangent or Two - Parham Momtahan

(see Parham's article below)

This is a Canada bicycle tour of two guys (Parham and I, your social director) on the open road for +10 000 km and 10 provinces for just over three months. You can read the daily trip journal here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/CanadaCrossing2016

Come join us as we recount our journey!

And, please remember all members, and non-members, are welcome. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins around 7:30 p.m.. We will see you at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) - 78 Lisgar, directly across the street from City Hall. Look for an anchor on the front lawn. There is a cash bar, complimentary potato chips, and door prizes! Limited free parking is on the east side of the building, so get there early for a spot.

I hope to see you there.
George Gonis - OBC Social Director

 

Canada Crossing on a Tangent or Two

Parham Momtahan

George Gonis, OBC's erstwhile Social Director, and yours truly embarked on a trip across Canada that spanned over 10,000 km of riding, 10 provinces, and 99 nights away, May to August of 2016.

I mostly blame this on drinking beer after riding a particularly nice Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, about 10 years ago. After a couple of cold ones at the finish, George and I had a discussion about doing a really long ride at some point. Well time rolled on, George retired, and I mostly did, and we both ran out of excuses, especially once the requisite spousal permissions came forth.

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It is customary for cycle tourists to offer a litany of reasons. This is mainly done to convince themselves. Why not?  We love riding our bicycles. As a means of travel the bicycle allows the perfect pace, slow but not too slow, with a directly open vantage to explore and experience. Canada is a great, big, beautiful country of oceans, mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, moose, beavers, eagles, otters, raccoons, bears, whales, people, canoes, communities, art, music, ice cream and microbreweries. I may have left out a few things like black flies, mosquitoes, horseflies, forest fires, wind, sleet, snow, ice, but you get the picture: a lot of exploring and experiencing can be going on, including self-exploration. Being a bicycle traveler also tends more easily to open up conversations and connections with people. Self-supported touring offers greater flexibility over route, budget and, most importantly, schedule. And we get a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie by tackling and learning from the challenges and adversities that come with adventure, inevitably with some trepidations, suffering and cursing, but also with lots of laughs and great memories. So... why not?

We began our Journey from Victoria, British Columbia, flying in from Ottawa, Ontario, our home, on May 23 of 2016. We ended it in St. John's, Newfoundland on August 30th. We went off on quite a few tangents from the most frequently cycled routes for going across Canada by riding up to Jasper, Alberta and then coming down the Icefields Parkway to Calgary before carrying on East. We avoided the Trans-Canada Highway wherever we could and instead rode rural, and coastal routes where  possible. We cycled the long way around Newfoundland from Port aux Basques, north to Corner Brook, up to Gros Morne, and Western Brook Pond, then down east to St. John's, via Fogo Island, Twillingate, Trinity, and Cape Bonavista.  We met many and stayed with many friends and family along the way, and some of them strangers who became friends.  

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Here are some reflections about the trip:

Frequently we are asked what we consider to be the best part of our crossing of Canada on bicycle. And many kind folks congratulate us on our "achievement". For me, the best part of the trip was this: Every single day we got up and looked forward to the adventures to come. There was never a time when we were fed up with the journey and wanted it over. That was also our biggest achievement, I think.

Sure, we missed our families and friends and wanted to be back home by the end of August. There were certainly a few days when the legs were raising objections at the beginning of the day, and their complaining got louder towards the end of the day. And there were days with trepidations about the weather, the terrain, the route, finding services or a place to sleep. But none of that got in the way of us always appreciating our great fortune to be on this trip.

So, were we skillful, prepared, lucky, or delusional? We are experienced cyclists and prepared diligently. We had our fair share of good luck. We had the great fortune that our bodies stayed healthy, the worst thing being a minor finger infection that was cleared up within a few days. And we are both blessed with good measures of optimism and amnesia. In what follows, I am not implying that how we went about things is the only way to have a successful bicycle tour. Anyone with bicycle touring experience, or an avid reader of www.crazyguyonabike.com journals, already knows that we each have our own unique journey to make.

A major part of what made this trip successful was the partnership. George and I had done a two week practice trip, learning how to get our bikes and equipment right for a long trip, but even more importantly the team aspects: making decisions together, appreciating our strengths and weaknesses, riding as a team, when to help, when to push, when to back off, and when to ignore (see http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/GreatLakes2015 ). We did have, a very few, occasions when we were tired and hungry and a terse word may have been said. But we were always respectful, quick to apologize, and nothing negative ever carried over to the next day. We were always grateful for traveling together and knew that we could rely on each other. It also helped greatly that we don't take ourselves too seriously and share a somewhat demented sense of humour.

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These are the major things that helped our traveling partnership:

- We agreed that we would travel, and make decisions, as a team of two. We are both sociable, George way more than I, and blessed with many riding friends who would have the time and interest. So, why not have a bigger group? Our thinking was that greater numbers would complicate the decision making, and, over time, would risk the human tendency to form groups within a group, AKA ganging up. We would ride with others if they wanted to ride with us for some part of the trip, though making it politely clear that George and I made decisions as a team of two for our own journey. We welcomed the opportunity and had the pleasure of riding with other cyclists who greatly enhanced our trip, but they did not complicate it since we only rode or stayed with the others if our plans coincided and there was no need for compromises.

- We agreed on a daily budget for the trip. We were fortunate to be able to afford a generous budget of $90/day each, including the flight back. We used frequent flyer points for the flight out. George kept accounts, and so long as we were under budget, either of us could call for a "luxury" expenditure such as a B&B stay, or a restaurant meal. George threatened, but never actually called for, a spa visit. Although he did call for 9 holes of golf in Kenora. We ended up about 20% under budget overall.

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- We discussed and agreed that the trip was about the journey way more than the destination, and we were, for the most part, good at sticking with that philosophy. We had dispensation from our families and obligations for a very generous time span: last week of May to first week of September. While we had a rough schedule in mind, to land in Newfoundland by mid-August, we rarely felt under time pressure, particularly once we had done the long stretch through Ontario. So, we had lots of time for side trips, hikes, socializing. We did not book round-trip flights, even though that may have saved us some money, so that we could keep it flexible as to when we wanted the trip over. For example, in Newfoundland we ended up with mostly good weather, and great experiences, so we decided to stay two weeks longer than what we had originally thought.

- We would usually decide in the morning whether we were going to have a "touring day" because there were interesting stops and side trips, usually with fewer than 4 hours in the saddle, or a "riding day" where we would focus on the riding, spending 6-8 hours in the saddle. We are both early risers, and were up usually by 6 am, and on the road by 7 am. We also didn't like cycling in the dark and were usually done cycling by no later than 6 pm.

- We would have a rough idea of the route for the week ahead, and even rougher idea for the month ahead. We discussed and came up with a route plan in the morning, which could get modified based on information or local knowledge we gained during the day. We did most of our navigation using Google Maps on my iPhone. However, we found it useful to have paper maps to augment Google Maps: the paper maps provided a broader picture for week and month planning. Most provincial tourist offices had free paper maps of the province. We also carried a small Canada road paper map as a backup. We learned to be very cautious with using the Bicycle option in Google Maps: a few times it led us to strange places, as it sometimes "thinks" that goat tracks are bike routes, and does not recognize fences that stop you going through airports and power stations. The Google Maps Bicycle option needs to be triangulated with other information sources. Somehow, I knew this and still got caught out a few times. I still would rather have Google Maps, than not, as it is very useful in towns and cities, and it helped us locate services. I estimate that we had cell coverage for well over 95% of our ride. Northern Ontario has the worst cell coverage in Canada.

- We took turns in searching and booking our accommodation, making sure the other was OK with it, usually by calling in the afternoon to find somewhere for that night, or just turning up at camp grounds. We rarely booked accommodation in advance, so that we had flexibility. We mostly camped, but we also stayed with family, friends, strangers who became friends, and commercial indoors accommodation. We did not use Warm Showers hosts since we did not want to commit to being somewhere days ahead, and felt it was unfair to the host to call at the last minute, and would have low probability of success.

- We rode together, as a draft team, well over 90% of the trip. We had the agreement that either of us could call for the pace to be dropped, no blame, no shame. We mostly rode in single file drafting, with 10 minute rotations which allowed the fore rider to change the pace up or down. On the steeper downhills, we would not draft for safety reasons, and on the up-hills we would separate out if one of us had more legs, and then we would rejoin. George had trained systematically on a spin bike and on the road prior to the trip, while I had not, so he had much more legs at the beginning. But he was very considerate and did not push the pace if I asked him to back off. After about three weeks of riding, I could keep pace. Sometimes we would "unleash the inner mad dog" and push each other purely for the fun of it; but if the other person called it, we'd back off. On occasion, we rode separately for some personal time, usually if it was a quiet and beautiful road with no wind.

-There is an oft-quoted saying by Jens Voigt, a famously tough professional racer, now retired, that when your legs complain your brain should just say "shut up legs". I think, though, that when touring on a bicycle, day after day, month after month, a wise cycling brain should learn to listen to what the legs say, and tune ambition accordingly. Part of the reason our legs never failed us is because we listened to them. The other part is that we had well-fitting bikes with generous gearing.

-We'd figured out a safety approach for riding together which I'll discuss below.

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- Don't surprise. We have learned to communicate together and use clear signals. All the riding courses we have taken with the OBC, and the group riding we have done, over the years, has provided a great foundation. We do our best to minimize surprise moves while ridding: for each other, and for other road users.

- Be visible. Be visible. Be visible. Did I mention being visible? We wore safety vests. We had flashing lights on our helmets, always when riding. We had flashing rear lights, always when riding. We had flashing front lights early in the morning, or on the very rare occasions we rode at night. We probably should have even kept the front lights on all the time. We became hypersensitive to our visibility when a veteran truck driver told this to us at a Tim Hortons on a previous trip: Truck drivers don't like running over cyclists, since it ruins their whole day. Contact usually happens because they don't know you're there until it's too late. Since bicycle-car safety transponders are not readily in use, bright clothing and lights are the next best thing.

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- Know what is coming from behind. We both had mirrors. When we were drafting, which was most of the time, the aft rider would give information and warning to the fore rider about the traffic from the back. As in: "a line of cars coming", "a big RV coming, weaving", "big truck, going nice and wide". We would adjust our riding accordingly, if there was a wide shoulder, we would ride it and give more space. If there was a narrow section up ahead, such as a bridge, or a stopped vehicle, we would signal well ahead of time and take our proper road space so that we would not get squeezed. We had one special signal "BAIL, BAIL, BAIL" which George invented when we had a super wide load coming from behind and we had to get the heck off the road. We subsequently had to "BAIL, BAIL, BAIL" on another handful of occasions because of a wide load, or a weaving RV trailer, which meant we should get as far off the road, on to any shoulder or even grass, as quickly as possible. I use the "Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror" that fits on my sun glasses. Initially George had a handle bar mirror, but he soon also converted to the "Eyeglass Mirror". We even bought a spare along the way that came in handy and was eventually given away to our friend "Cricket" who continued his ride when we departed from Newfoundland. I don't always wear a mirror when I'm on my road bike on a day ride, relying on shoulder checks behind. But on a fully-loaded touring bike, riding long distances day after day, I always wear a mirror: shoulder checks behind are more destabilizing of the bike, and more tiring on the neck.

- Know what's coming up ahead. When we were drafting, which was most of the time, the fore rider, would give indications of traffic or conditions up ahead. As in: "wide load up!", "narrow bridge up", "big fuddleduddle pothole!" or "moose up!!!"

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In over 10,000 km of riding we had less than a handful of vehicles that caused us serious concern, and only one aggressive driver, which ironically happened on our last day of riding around St. John's. The motor vehicle behavior was much better than I would have guessed before the trip. Two dangerous situations that we had to handle by drastic evasive actions were: one where a big truck was overtaking a line of traffic coming towards us and we had to get off to the soft shoulder; and another when a cell-phone distracted on-coming car driver swerved into our lane, going around a corner, and we had to suddenly squeeze to the edge of the road. Perhaps it would have helped the drivers to notice us if we had our front lights turned on and flashing, though in the case of a distracted driver all bets are off. Our general approach was that we would take as much space on the road as was necessary for safety, but no more. We rode assertively, such as taking room when turning off to the right or left, or over narrow bridges, so that we would not get squeezed, but not aggressively or lackadaisically: we almost always went single file, and did our best be fair to the drivers.

I must confess that I saw many instances of unsafe cycling on the trip: Wrong side, invisible in the dusk, oblivious to traffic behind, etc, more frequently than I would have expected. I think there are good reasons to introduce safe cycling as a high-school topic: how about 10 hours of cycling education in grade 10? This will ensure that youth get educated on safe and responsible cycling, and take it as a serious mode of transport that requires due care and attention. The info on www.bicyclesafe.com provides a good basis. This would also ensure that when young people go for their driving test, they have a greater appreciation of how to behave around cyclists. And how about having a specific portion of driving tests being focused on proper driving around cyclists? With what we saw around the country in terms of cycling infrastructure and awareness, while far from perfect with a long way to go, I am more optimistic about the future of cycling in Canada. Québec has been doing the most in this regard.

People often ask us "where did you find to be the most beautiful part of Canada?" There is no good answer to that question. There are beautiful parts in every province. Some are more visually spectacular than others. For me, Newfoundland stands out the most, because it was my first time visiting. And, well, it is Newfoundland, b'y.

Equally outstanding were all the people interactions we had, with generosity and friendliness towards us everywhere with a special mention of Saskatchewan and Newfoundland in that regard. And here is what I've learned cycling across the 10 provinces, 6 time zones, and 2 official languages: No matter which province we rode in, we knew we were in Canada because of people's attitudes, with the vast majority of people we came across being friendly, but not overtly emotional, fair-minded, and generous, with a good measure of humour.

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At the April 19th OBC Social, George and I will be providing a presentation, discussion, Q&A of the trip. It would be great to see you then: http://goo.gl/BqpTze

You can also read our daily trip journal here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/CanadaCrossing2016

 


Helping With Bikes

Have a bike you don't need?
Helping With Furniture, a volunteer-run Ottawa charitable organization, has a program called Helping With Bikes. We accept used bikes of any size or style, refurbish them and give them to families who are getting a new start in Ottawa.

If you have bikes (kid's or adult's) that you'd like to donate, and that are readily repairable (e.g. no bent frames, please), please bring them to 5350 Canotek Rd - Unit 9

  • any Wednesday evening 7-9 PM
  • any Saturday morning 10-12 AM

If you can't bring the bikes to us, please contact us via the website at http://www.helpingwithfurniture.org/furniture, and we'll try to arrange pickup.

As you can see in the website, we also accept cash donations. Because we're 100% staffed by volunteers, all funds go directly to supporting our operations. Whether or not you have bikes to donate, please consider helping us buy new tires or parts for the bikes we send to our families.

Bob Fitzgerald - OBC Member


 

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2017 Board of Directors

President - Jenny Moore
Vice President - André Gauthier
Treasurer - Ron Stoneham
Secretary - Jason Clark
Marketing & Communications - Lynn Sones
Touring - Nicolas Déry
Social - George Gonis
Racing Events - Peter Tregunno
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Guy Warwick
Youth Program - Greg Douglas
Education - Bob Hicks
Touring Events - Scott McDougall
Director Without Portfolio - Malcolm Townsend

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Members are welcome to attend Board meetings and find out more about how the club is managed. Members are also welcome and encouraged to assist with specific portfolios or events by approaching a director.

How to Become a Member

Club application forms are only accepted electronically via the on-line registration site.

Ottawa Bicycle Club Objectives

To conduct, encourage and promote cycle racing, cycle touring and recreational cycling;

To assist the cycling community at large in the promotion, encouragement and understanding of all aspects of cycling and related activities;

To ascertain, defend and pursue the rights of cyclists;

To promote youth cycling;

To carry on the above objectives in affiliation with the Canadian Cycling Association;