August Spokesperson

In this issue:

Sign up for the Summer's End Century Tour (SECT) - Sept 16th-17th

Calling all Tour de France aficionados... The Tour de France may be over, but for all those who didn't make the cut, the Tour de Tremblant, a.k.a the Summer's End Century Tour, (SECT) is now accepting applications ! Now is the time to sign up and guarantee your spot on this fun ride. It features 2 days of fabulous riding in glorious rolling country, a night at a top rated hotel and fantastic company of fellow enthusiasts. So why not end the summer with a bang and come join the SECT-Mont Tremblant Tour!

For further details check out Summer's End Century page. The Deadline for participants is August 15th.

OBC BBQ at Baxter Conservation Area Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

What a day! This year’s OBC BBQ was a lot of fun and those that made it to the Baxter Conservation Area enjoyed a delightful feast in a great setting, with great weather. About 70 cyclists made it a memorable day as they streamed in from the OBC Sunday Ride. André Gauthier (OBC Vice-president) and Ron Stoneham (OBC Treasurer) lead groups out to the BBQ arriving safely and soundly. Bob Hicks (OBC Education Director) showed up later in the afternoon and was very entertaining as usual.

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The tables of food and beverages were set up and managed by our own OBC Club President Jenny Moore (working on watermelon below), who sliced and diced her day away, and to boot, she stayed to clean up. There was a hot beverage table with tea and Equator Coffee coffee available. A cold drink table had assorted pop, bottled water, and juice. Potato chips, peanuts, gummies, and assorted fruit, also helped out the cause.


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We had other help along the way. Malcolm Townsend (OBC Director) devoted his entire day with the setup, the video feed of ‘le Tour de France’, as well as BBQ-ing, and the clean up afterwards. Laura Johnson (OBC Office Adminstrator) spent hours with me as we shopped for the food it took to put on the BBQ. Louisa Coates, on the spur of the moment, took on cleaning up the kitchen and sorting things away. I have to include another new member, Kelly O’Connor, who mentioned that she took the plunge and got her new cycling shoes and cleats (congrats!). As well, she helped us out. Brent Cannon from Cycle Power, expertly put up an OBC banner to welcome cyclists. Thank you to Andrea Wood and her crew at the Baxter Conservation Area for making us feel welcome. There was food left over, so we gave it to the kitchen of The Shepherd’s of Good Hope on Murray and King Edward.They gratefully accepted our donation, commenting on several boxes of M&M sausages with, “Thank you! We’ll serve these tonight.”




More photos on flickr.

Thanks for all those who came out to enjoy the event!

Take care,

George Gonis    OBC - Social Director


Don’t forget about the OBC Fall Picnic on Sunday, September 24th, at our own OBC Club Office (170b Booth) at the corner of Albert and Booth from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

OBC Track Cycling Program - Bromont July 9th, 2017

On a sunny Sunday, twenty cyclists made the trek to the velodrome at the Centre National de Cyclise de Bromont  for the fifth trip of the OBC’s ongoing track program.  (Yes, the OBC has a track program … who knew?!)

This 250 meter, 42-degree banked, outdoor wood track was used for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and then purchased by the Quebec Cycling Federation, and moved to the Bromont cycling centre.

While people associate velodromes with racing, by far their largest use is recreational. Track cycling embodies two principles that define our sport, and the OBC - “Active for Life” and “Everybody Rides”. Track is accessible and fun for any cyclist, no matter what their age or ability.  Track is the most social of cycling disciplines… riders of all ages and abilities are on the infield together and are often riding the track together. The 70-year old recreational riders interact with the pre-teen youth. You may get to meet para-athletes and ride behind their tandems. Maybe meet some of Canada’s national team and elite cyclists. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and supportive.  

On this trip our youngest riders were 10-12, the oldest in their 60s. We had racing cyclists and pure recreational riders, newbies and experienced trackies. We all rode together and had a lot of fun while also developing our track cycling skills. We were joined by the Cuisses Or youth club from Gatineau. Mathieu Trepanier, the head coach at Cuisses Or, and Bill Bourne of the OBC shared the facilitation and coaching duties for the day.

After getting everyone fitted on their rental fixed-gear track bikes, our eleven brand new track riders were given their initiation training by Eric Van Den Eynde, who is also the Canadian national para-cycling team coach.  All tracks in Canada require riders to demonstrate a basic level of competency and knowledge of the conventions and etiquette for safe track riding in order to be “certified” to ride their velodrome. For beginning track riders, this is done by taking “initiation” or “certification” training.  Riders get introduced to riding fixed-gear track bikes, learn the principles of safe group riding on the track, and are gradually introduced to riding the steeply banked velodrome. Yes, it is quite scary at first. No, it’s not particularly hard. And it is incredibly exciting and fun. - “It’s a blast!”

After the initiation training, we organized ourselves into groups and took turns riding the track and honing our skills. We practiced pace line riding and did exercises to get comfortable riding all over the track. (In my opinion, you have not really lived as a cyclist until you experience the thrill of “taking a flyer” on a steeply-banked track, accelerating rapidly from the top of the banking to the bottom. You can feel like a world-class sprinter but without needing the massive thighs!). We also rode in groups and had lots of time to do our own thing. Mathieu organized time trials for the youth … flying 200 meters, and 500 meter and 2,000 meter standing start time trials.

Because the track surface is so smooth and the bikes so efficient, track riding is faster than the road. And no gravel, pot-holes, cars, dogs, road furniture, or hard-braking cyclists. So you can safely ride fast. While you do need to maintain a speed of about 28 KPH to safely ride through the bankings, this is surprisingly easy to do. Ten-year olds generally have no trouble maintaining this speed on a track.

Riding the track is fast, fun, and exciting.  We tend to ride in short sessions, anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, an hour at the maximum. Then we take a break. So groups can take turns sharing the track, and there is lots of time for socializing and cycling gossip on the infield.

You too could be trying track cycling! We have 4 more trips to Bromont planned over the summer, and we will be doing more trips to the Forest City Velodrome, in London Ontario this winter. To attend these sessions, you need to be:

Age 11 or older

Youth should be at the equivalent of L2T or T2T from the OBC Youth Development program. Adults should be an experienced road or MTB rider … OBC Touring 2 level and up.

You don’t need any fixed gear riding experience. Training for brand new track is included in the program.

You don't need a track bike, all tracks have rental bikes available.

So come join us! Look on the OBC Website for the latest information on upcoming tracks trips. Or contact Bill Bourne for more information.

For a bit more information on track cycling and the velodromes near us see:


Finally, there is a photo album from the trip at: OBC Track Trip - Bromont, 9 July, 2017

The Red Revert

If you've heard of the “red revert”, you probably work in traffic planning. I first heard the term when I contacted the City of Ottawa about the operation of some traffic lights along the Ottawa River and Watts Creek bike paths where they cross Carling and Holly Acres roads.

The behaviour, which I objected to, was that the light facing the main road traffic would occasionally turn from green to yellow to red and immediately back to green - never giving me a green during the cycle. This is known to traffic planners, but to no one else as far as I can tell, as a "red revert", and its purpose is to prevent unnecessary interruptions of traffic on the main road. The red revert cycle is triggered when a vehicle activates the sensor but then moves off – like a car making a right turn. The computer presumably determines that there is no need to stop the main road traffic and so stays red only for a second or two and then goes back to green with the secondary road never receiving a green signal.

I will resist the urge to rant about the many aspects of this operation that strike me as ill-considered, but note that a bicycle activating the sensor and then moving off, even a little bit, will also trigger the red revert. One aspect of the red revert that annoys me enormously is that the city has made no effort whatever to tell anyone about it; not one cyclist whom I’ve asked has known about the “red revert”. The City hasn’t even told anyone that three yellow dots indicate the location of a sensor and many of these intersections, though they have a sensor, have no yellow dots to show where it is.

What I would like from OBC members is their own experiences with the “red revert”, including locations of the signals. I intend to pursue this issue with the City and would like more ammunition for my discussion.

You can email me :  OBC Education Director

Bob Hicks

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The Board of Directors is the de facto management body of the OBC, with powers defined by the Ottawa Bicycle Club Constitution. Directors of the Board are mandated by club members to conduct club business on their behalf through elections held at the Club's Fall Annual General Meeting.

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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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;