September Spokesperson

In this issue:

President’s message

One by one our summer activities are wrapping up.   Our youth/junior progams, our TT series and our tours of the Richelieu, Saguenay and Vermont have given members a chance to test new skill sets and see cycling activities in other regions.

As we look to the Fall, the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series is ramping up, our Tuesday evening and Saturday/Sunday rides continue and the Mont Tremblant will be our final week-end touring event for this year.   

We all owe thanks to Laura Johnson, our Club Administrator and our Board Program Directors and their volunteers who make all of this happen.  

And of course, we are always looking for new volunteers, new recruits and new ideas.  

Safe cycling.

Jenny Moore - President

Youth Intro to Cyclocross

This fall event introduces kids to cyclocross, as well as a refresher for those experienced in the sport. This event is tied to the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series and registration for that series is done separately. Training is held prior to the start of the Eastern Ontario Series. This program is open for athletes aged 8 to 14.

  • Ages 8 to 14.
  • Two Sundays and Thursday evenings prior to the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series.
  • Locations: Sunday September 10th and Thursday September 14th, Britannia Beach Park. Sunday September 17th and Thursday September 21st, Mooney's Bay Park.
  • $10 before Sept 8th, $15 after (plus HST)


Please scroll to the bottom of the OBC Youth Program Page for registration details.

OBC Golf ‘Nine & Dine’ September 15th, 2017

At Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club

54 Springbrook Drive, Stittsville

Tee Times will be booked sometime between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.

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Having chatted with several OBC golfers who couldn't make the August 'Nine & Dine', we decided to have another 'Nine & Dine' at Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club in Stittsville.   You simply play nine holes at the Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club, then walk up the stairs to their wonderful restaurant, ALE (Amberwood Lounge and Eatery,, and dine! We should be finished playing at about 6:30 p.m., then we start our dinner shortly afterwards. The combined price for 9 holes of golf and a $25 credit toward anything on the menu, is $40.00, with tax extra. You pay for both when you check into the Pro Shop before we tee off. If you get there early, you can practice putting, and also hit balls into their hitting cage.

Please contact me via email, my land line 613-680-3776 (leave a message), or my cell,  613-668-1076 (texting is great), if you wish to join us. Thanks so much! (Please note: the earlier you contact me, the easier it is to fit everyone in)

For those of you who would like to join us just for dinner, please phone ALE 613-831-2442, and make a reservation for around 6:30 p.m.’ish’, asking to sit with the OBC party.

I look forward to having you join us,

George Gonis

OBC Social Director

Note: golf club rentals and pull cart rentals are available at extra cost.

Map View of Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club

OBC 'Build Your Own Sandwich' Fall Picnic At The OBC Office

Sunday, September 24th, 2017, 10::00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.ish

We are at it again! The Fall Picnic will take place at the OBC Office on the corner of Booth and Albert.  The picnic is integrated into the Sunday Ride.  If you can't ride that day, you are still most welcome to drop by and build a sandwich and panini press it, have a hot and/or cold beverage, down a few snacks, and say a friendly 'hello'.  We are also offering decaf coffee, as well as gluten free and meat substitute options for those with dietary concerns.

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We look forward to seeing you there! Take care.

George Gonis OBC Social Director

Note: please come to the Bill Bourne Social Presentation on Track Cycling on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 at the HMCS Bytown Officers’ Mess at 78 Lisgar, directly across from the south entrance of City Hall. The presentation will start sometime around 7:30 p.m.

2017 OBC Vermont Tours

good weather, good riding, good fun

Brandon Vermont was again the location for this year’s Vermont Weekend. Twenty-eight participants enjoyed the numerous routes available in this varied cycling area. The Brandon Inn did not disappoint offering the group excellent service and hospitality.

The Inn-to Inn tour started in Norwich Vermont, a scenic town near the Connecticut River. This was the first time the Club had used the Norwich Inn. The group of 22 members was well looked after. Route choices included some through the well-known hilly country west towards Woodstock, some lovely river valley rides and exploring the hills east of Hanover on the New Hampshire side.

The final destination was North Woodstock NH in the heart of the White Mountains.  Accommodation was at the somewhat boisterous North Woodstock Inn and Brewery but the OBC group had a nice quiet house to ourselves. Routes over Franconia Notch and exploring the Pemigewasset River valley proved popular, not to mention a pioneering climb into the Waterville Valley.

Successful 2017 OBC Youth Program Comes to an End

......But Cyclocross and more Track still to be come!


Our youngest OBC members completed fun and extremely active Spring and Summer Road Seasons that allowed them to experience racing, riding, and building their agility on their bikes.  From local races, provincial Cups, to National events, our kids were exposed to many opportunities for learning and mature as athletes. The well organized regional Cuisse Or Youth Road Series is an integral part of the OBC Youth Program, and as seen in the end of season results ( ) , the OBC Kit was quite prominent in attendance and on the podium.  This tremendous success could not have been possible without the support and involvement of their parents, as well as our fantastic team of OBC Coaches.


Our OBC Youth Program does not come to an end just yet, as we prepare our young athletes for the upcoming Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series, as well an more Track outings to Bromont, London, and Milton.


Greg Douglas

OBC Juniors at Abitibi

The Tour de l'Abitibi is a junior stage race on the Nations cup UCI calendar. This year it ran from July 17th-23rd and included nationals teams from Canada, USA, France, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia and Estonia. It also included provincial and regional team from the USA and Canada. Our region was represented by the Equipe Cyclists Gatineau team. On the team was Carson Miles (formerly OBC), Clay Moon (formerly OBC), John Stuwart, Matt Dickson (OBC), Scott English (Manitoba), and Ness Dalling (Manitoba). The team was staffed by myself as directeur sportive, Guillaume Lafleur as manager and Luc Mahler as mechanic. Over the 7 stages the athletes were exposed to some of the highest level junior racing in the world. Being able to send so many athletes from the region is an amazing development opportunity. They all returned after the race stronger, more confident, with better skills and a clearer perspective of what the sport of cycling is all about.

The race opened with a showcase sprint challenge under the same format that is used at the Montreal and Quebec Word Tour races. For us this was one of our best days as John Stewart used his track speed to make it into the small final starting our race with a solid top 10. The first road stage, stage one, was possibly the worst collective of bad luck I have ever seen for a team. Our woes started 2km after the neutral start when 2 athletes flatted 3 of their wheels on road debris. We hadn't even gotten them paced back into the race caravan before we had to service another flat. Less than 10km into the race and we had 3 athletes of a team of 6 off the back of the race. Two more crashes and a flat later and everyone except Scott made it to the finish line inside the time cut. Poor Scott was moving his way up in the caravan and went through the back window of the medical car when it had to do emergency braking. It was a very busy day for almost everyone on the team. Luckily, Carson, John and Ness finished in the bunch with the same time as the leader.

Stage 2 was a little more calm which let everyone relax a little and figure out their place in the pack. Matt was involved in a crash with 50k to go which broke off his shifter. Not having a way to brake we decided it was best to put him on a neutral service bike. Unfortunately, these bikes came with flat, platform pedals that his cycling shoes and cleats kept slipping off. We had to stop again to give him my street shoes to pedal the rest of the way in with. It was a hard chase but he made it in with a few minutes left before time cut and the other 4 finished in the bunch.

Stage 3 was the individual time trial where Carson showed he truly is one of the best. Finishing 11th overall and second Canadian was an incredible result for him and the team. With the general classification shaken up by the TT the remaining stages were raced aggressively as some riders were looking to gain time on their rivals. Ultimately the American National team and Team Lux out of California proved to be too strong and were able to keep control of the race thereby keeping their riders in their respective leaders jerseys. The racing was fantastic, the courses were awesome and the experience gained at this race will stick with the riders for the rest of their riding days. We are very lucky to have a race of this caliber within a "short" 7hr drive.

Shawn Clarke

Saccadic Masking - Don’t be the invisible cyclist

(the following article was adapted from the website of Octagon Insurance and from Wikipedia)

Can other road users really not see you?

The excuse of “sorry mate, I didn’t see you” is often the honest truth and could be the result of human evolution. A saccade is a fast eye motion, and because it is a motion that is optimised for speed, there is inevitable blurring of the image on the retina as the eye is sweeping the visual field. Blurred retinal images are not of much use, and the eye has a mechanism that "cuts off" the processing of retinal images when they become blurred. Humans become effectively blind during a saccade.

This mechanism that stops the brain from seeing blurred images when you move your eyes is called “saccadic masking”.

How can you get noticed?

Of course drivers should realise they need to take special care to look out for cyclists and to drive sympathetically around them, but you can’t count on that. You need to be proactive.

Once you understand the problems that drivers of fast-moving vehicles face, you can improve your chances of getting them to notice you considerably by making it less likely you will disappear into one of those saccadic blind spots:

Wear bright colours or high visibility clothing.

Take your rightful place on the road – usually about one metre from the curb.

Make eye contact with other road users.

Communicate your intentions clearly.

Command your space on the road

Don’t be tempted to ride in the gutter: most motorists will be concentrating on the middle of road, looking for cars and may subconsciously ignore the very edge of the road. Tucking yourself right in to the side of a narrow road may encourage drivers to pass you when it is not safe. What’s more you will inevitably need to swerve out to avoid hazards at some point. If you don’t, going over such hazards may make you unstable.

As a rider, you should not be afraid to command your space on the road. You may get beeped at a few times by impatient drivers, but at least they will have noticed you. You should aim to ride at least one metre out on most roads and command a full space when it is not safe for cars to overtake you, such as narrow roads or approaching lights or junctions.

Stay alert, make clear signals

As well as being seen yourself, you also need to watch your fellow road users. Check behind you regularly as you ride, and make eye contact wherever possible to confirm that approaching cars have seen you.

You should also watch drivers at junctions carefully, making sure that they see you when they look your way and do not simply sweep their eyes past you as their brains blank you out.

Be clear about your intended actions too – look behind you and all around, make a clear hand signal and make your move when it’s safe. If you don’t think the driver behind you has noticed you are there, don’t take risks.

Saccadic masking applies to you, too

Of course, you are also affected by saccadic masking. So when you scan an intersection for traffic, pedestrians, etc, make sure you do your scanning in discrete steps, stopping several times during your sweep to make sure you capture a fixed image. Otherwise, you might be the one saying “sorry mate, I didn’t see you!”

Bob Hicks

Club Office Information

170b Booth Street (Downtown Ottawa at the corner of Booth and Albert)

Office Hours

Mon - 3 PM to 8 PM     
Wed - 3 PM to 8 PM
Sun - 12 Noon to 4 PM

Mailing Address

Ottawa Bicycle Club
Post Office Box 4298 Station E
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B3

Office Administrator

Laura Jane Johnson : E-mail

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Telephone 613-230-1064
Fax 613-230-9504

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Board of Directors

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

Board Meetings

Meetings are held on the first (non-holiday) Monday of each month to discuss Club business in an organized manner.



Committees may be established by the Directors to support the activities of the Board and activities relating to specific events, such as racing, socials and the Rideau Lakes Tour.

Club Members

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

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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;