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FAQ

Please contact the OBC Office at admin@ottawabicycleclub.ca for any questions not answered below. 

General

No, there is no requirement for you to be a member of the OBC or the OC to ride the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour; you may simply register as a non-member.  The member discount is significant for members who participate in our many activities throughout the year, but it is not intended to cover the full price of OBC/OC membership.

Registration

Go to CCNbikes.com and log in to your account.  Find “My Registrations” on the drop down menu on the far right where your name should be.  Select your “Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour – 2023” registration and press “Manage”.  Scroll down and select “Edit” (on the bottom right), then you can update your rooming information or t-shirt size, etc.  Make sure to press “Save”.  That’s it.

This year we have an arrangement  for breakfast at Algonquin College on Saturday morning.   

At Conlon Farm there is a canteen that also offers breakfast food, continental style.

Before May 31st, to change your start location between Perth and Ottawa pease advise the club administrator at admin@ottawabicycleclub.ca.  After May 31, go to the early bib pick-up at the locations and times posted on this website.   If you can not go to the early bib pick-up please email the club administrator to make special arrangement for your bib.

 

Century riders pick-up their bibs and T-shirts at Conlon Farm, Perth on either Friday evening or Saturday morning.  There will be early bib, and  T-shirt pick-up at dates and locations to be posted on the Schedule page.

Ride

No, you don’t need to know how to ride in a peloton to participate as the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour is a challenging tour but it is not a race.  Groups are intended to be no more than 12 and can be as small as two and many people ride solo. 

Groups are not officially formed in advance of the tour, but you might find some friendly riders to join at the start or along the way. The Ottawa Bicycle Club group rides are another great place to find riding companions for the RLCT.

Yes, be sure to download and install the GPX files for your specific route in advance of the ride. Directional signage is installed along the supported routes (the Classic and Century.)

No, rest stops are supported by local community associations, who often treat the RLCT as a fundraising event. Please remember to bring cash and support the local community.  Water is provided in large re-useable bottles as the official rest stops.   Water, juice and an energy drink is provided at Last Duel Park, Perth. 

Accommodations

Depending on the need, yes we can make certain accommodations – for example those riding a tandem bicycle should have noted that when registering so that we may find ground floor accommodations for them. 

At Queen’s there is a variety of food selection options at dinner for various diets.   There is a questionnaire for food allergies, but please ask the server or other staff. 

For other needs, we ask you to please email the office at admin@ottawabicycleclub.ca and we’ll do our best to help you out. 

Towels, bedding, and soap are included. 

We have arranged for a limited number of 3 and 4 person rooms at Queen’s.  Please let the office know if you are requesting one of these rooms.  

Bicycles are to be stored in the room at Queens

Volunteering

No, but you do get our gratitude and the knowledge that you’ve helped make this event a success! You will also get a volunteer t-shirt and whatever swag we can acquire for volunteers. There will also be a free volunteer appreciation dinner after the event where prizes can be won.   

Volunteers who are not riding but working at Queen’s will get their accommodation and meals covered.   Also, if your assignment involves driving a vehicle to the location you will be reimbursed at $ 0.50 / km.

When you first signed up for a task, you received a confimation email with a personalized link. Use the My Commitments page at this link to manage your volunteering. From this link, you can cancel volunteering or modify your personal information.