A core element of the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s services to its members is the offering of a variety of regularly scheduled rides. Members will be notified of these rides via the club’s on-line activity calendar and, occasionally, through other electronic means such as e-mail.
Participating in these rides is a benefit available only to club members. The types of rides vary, but all provide an opportunity to ride with like-minded people, offering a social opportunity in addition to the physical activity.
Members will normally be asked to sign up for rides in advance, taking note of ride style (i.e., road, gravel, or women’s-only), distance and pace options that may be available. Choose the ride that is right for you, based on your cycling experience, level of comfort, and interests. New or less experienced cyclists should choose a shorter distance and slower group for their first ride – it’s better to feel you could have done more than to struggle to keep up throughout a ride!
The advertised start time for each ride is when we plan to start riding. Be sure to arrive early so that you are ready to ride at the appointed time.
Please review the information under the Education tab for important pointers so that we can all complete the rides in a safe and enjoyable manner.
Group Riding Clinic
If you have limited experience riding in a group or are new to the OBC, you will be expected to take the OBC’s free Group Riding Technique training program before participating in the club’s rides. That program will help to give you the knowledge and confidence to ride safely in a group.
What to Bring
Nutrition – Each rider is responsible for carrying sufficient food and fluids for his/her needs. Some rides include planned stops where food or water can be purchased – these will be advertised in advance – but everyone should be prepared with nutrition options in case of unexpected store/restaurant closures.
If your group opts to stop at a pub or a restaurant, remember that they are businesses and understandably don’t take too kindly to a bunch of cyclists bringing in their own food and drink. On the other hand, businesses are usually quite happy to fill the water bottles of good customers.
Clothing – Ensure that you are adequately prepared for changes in the weather during a ride. Dressing in layers is a good strategy for handling cool weather at the start of a ride on days when it is expected to warm up. Carrying a nylon jacket is wise on days with a chance of rain.
Be Prepared – You are expected to be self-sufficient with respect to your equipment: carry a pump, a spare tube, and a basic tool kit for making repairs during a ride. One advantage of a group ride is that others will be with you and able to help if needed.
Each rider should be aware of the planned route for the ride. The routes are usually available for download from Ridew with GPS to a GPS device in advance of the ride, and carrying a printed map and/or cue sheet is a good alternative.
Ride with GPS
The Ottawa Bicycle Club uses a Ride with GPS Club account to make it easier to manage ride routes, and offer club members more features compatible with computers, smartphones, and GPS cycle computers. Your membership gives you access to the club account.
The club account has the club maps. You can get the full list of features at the following link: Club Benefits
OBC members should have received an e-mail with the link to join the OBC Ride with GPS club account. If for some reason you did not receive this e-mail, or deleted the e-mail by mistake, please contact the OBC office administrator, and a link will be provided to you.
If you have an existing Ride with GPS, you will need to log into your account. Under “Clubs”, you should see the link to the OBC club account.
If you do not have a Ride with GPS account, you will be asked to create an account.