About Us

Ottawa Bicycle Club - Come Ride With Us!

Whether you just bought your first bike, have been biking on your own for a few months or are an experienced cyclist, the Ottawa Bicycle Club has something for you. The OBC is dedicated to providing high quality recreational and competitive cycling opportunities for cyclists of all ages. All of the OBC’s programs are conducted in full compliance with public health guidelines and in accordance with best practices for cycling safety. 

How to Become a Member 

Please go to the on-line registration site to join the OBC and take your cycling up a notch! A membership with the OBC provides:  access to free group rides, cycling development camps, free open and womens time trials, social events and discounts at Ottawa area Bike Shops as well as insurance  through the Ontario Cycling Association

Youth Program   

The OBC runs a development and racing program that has produced nationally ranked competitors. The OBC Youth Program is structured to meet the needs of athletes and families, while providing quality coaching.     

Group Rides 

 The OBC offers a full calendar of group rides, including road, gravel and women's-only rides. These rides depart from several pre-arranged city and area locations for a variety of destinations, changing each week. Rides are designed for all types of riders, with various distances and speeds to choose from. These are great opportunities to get to know other riders in the Ottawa area and be part of the community.   

Education   

The OBC offers a number of clinics designed to help members  ride safely in a group with a high level of skill and fun.   For safety reasons, new members are encouraged to complete a free half-day clinic prior to their first OBC group ride to learn group riding techniques.  

    

Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour 

The OBC's largest and best-known event is the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour (RLCT), normally held the second weekend in June. Passing through picturesque countryside between Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario, the RLCT attracts over 2000 cyclists from all over North America for an unforgettable cycling experience.   

Racing 

Whether it's on gravel or tarmac the OBC has a racing event for you! In the spring the OBC hosts the Paris-Roubaix Cyclosportif, an often muddy affair that includes some gravel, sand, rocks, unmaintained roads, woodlots and one switchback climb. The classic route is about 80 kilometres. A shorter 40 km is an option for riders and includes 3 woodlots. For those who prefer smoother roads, the OBC offers weekly time trials, held Tuesday and Thursday evening on the Rockcliffe Parkway. These time trials are a friendly competition between individual cyclists and the clock. Participants are sent off at fixed intervals and their time is recorded upon completion. 

  

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 and the Ontario Cycling Association.