Weekly Update July 19th

Launch of the Women’s Time Trials (#OBCWTT): Tuesday, July 20, 2021 

Swipe right for exciting #tuesdates!  We are back. The WTT resumes presence at the Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway (SGEC), Tuesdays at six.  

Key details you need to know before registering: 

Who: OBC women and youth members. Are you looking to improve on your cycling skills? Then come and join us. You do not race against others but you only race against yourself, and the clock. 

When: Tuesday, July 20, 2020 (and every Tuesday thereafter, likely ‘til September, TBC), starting at 6:00 pm (will adjust start time when the days become shorter). Participants/riders will be notified of their specific rider number and approximate start times, following online registration. 

Where: Meet us at the Aviation Museum parking lot (11 Aviation Parkway) for final instructions. Participants/riders will then be asked to bike towards the start line at the SGEC via the Aviation multi-use pathway. Total race distance will be approximately 9 kilometres. 

Online registration: 

1-Must pre-register.  
WTT Tuesday July 20: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=247436

We also opened the registration page for WTT Tuesday July 27: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=248010 

We will provide you with FINAL confirmation email with your bib number and approximate start time by noon of Tuesday. 

2-Must self-assess vs COVID-19 before registration and before participating: 

To manage numbers (and volunteer capacity), we will start with capping registration at three waves of 10 (maximum 30 participants).  

Once registered: 

What to bring: your bike (any type of bike you have as long as it is safe and fun to ride), and your helmet. Fancy race gear is not required. 

Meet us at the Aviation Museum parking lot (11 Aviation Parkway) for final instructions, and stickers with your rider numbers. Participants/riders will then be asked to bike towards the start line at the SGEC via the Aviation multi-use pathway.  

How will it work?  

  • There will be up to 3 waves of 10 riders with a 10 minute break between each wave (to manage volunteer capacity, we are capping registrations at 30).  
  • There will be 30 seconds between each rider within a wave.  
  • There will be no holder, but there will be support for count down at the start line. Start with a foot on the ground or do a track stand.  
  • There will be no drafting! 
  • Be aware of your surroundings: cars, people, animals, cracks on the road. Safety first!   
  • Watch out for the turnaround point at around 4.5 kilometers. It is situated just outside of a parking lot to your right. For markers, from a distance you will see a blue parking lot sign, then you will see an orange cone, and then you will see a cardboard sign with a turnaround arrow drawing. Check for safety, then make your turn. 
  • Important: As you approach the finish line, please call out your rider # twice, so that your time will be properly recorded. 
  •  Please respect gathering limits and distancing guidelines; let's keep the pre and post gathering to a minimum and help avoid a reputational risk for the club. For this reason, we will not announce the results at the end of the event and ask you to please check the results page on the OBC website before midnight. 

***We will gift an OBC 50th anniversary cap, an OBC 50th anniversary mask and an OBC bidon/water bottle to the first twelve participants who complete three WTT events.  


If you wish to provide feedback, convey issues or concerns, or wish to support the WTT by taking on a volunteer role, please drop us an email via emily.graves@ottawabicycleclub.ca 

What you should get from this: enhancing your cycling skills, meeting new people (albeit physically distanced), and having fun! 
See you Tuesday. 


Thank you for your support and participation! 
Emily Graves and the #OBCWTT team 

Our second Women-only Wednesday Wride! 

Register here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=248009 

When will we ride: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021 starting at 6:00 PM 

Where will we meet: Andrew Haydon Park (parking lot near the corner of Holly Acres Road), turn right from Carling into the parking lot to the right 
Where will we go: Carp (distance is 43.8 kilometers), Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34836477 (also a #50for50rideaulakes route!)  

Other notes: 

This is our second Women-Only ride! 

You must be an OBC member to participate. 

Please self-assess vs COVID-19 symptoms before joining the ride: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/95ea-Screening-poster-retail-entrance-TPH.pdf 


Start: Ottawa - Andrew Haydon Park (parking lot near the corner of Holly Acres Road), turn right from Carling into the parking lot to the right 
Destination: Carp 
Parking: Andrew Haydon Park 
Surface; Road and Bike Path 
Food: Carp 
Washrooms: Alice's Café (for eat-in clients), Carp Farmers' Market (there are two porta-potties)  

Carp is a cycling destination! This route takes you along both paved bike paths and roads. Lovely Old Carp Road is a windy road with a few hills. Carp has number of restaurants and cafes and an ice cream shop. Alice's Village Cafe is a popular gathering spot for cyclists. This is a great ride for the whole family. 

Distance: 43.8 kilometers.  
Style/pace: Relaxed, no drop. 

Our ride leader is Candace Anderson! Thank you, Candace! 
Group size: we aim for 10 (including ride leader) 


We continue to need support from our more experienced women riders to lead our women-only rides! 

If you wish to provide feedback, convey issues or concerns, or wish to support our women-only rides by becoming a ride leader, please drop us an email via emily.graves@ottawabicycleclub.ca 

Thank you for your support and participation! 
Emily Graves and Candace Anderson  

50for50 Rideau Lakes   

What is 50for50 and how does it work? 

#50for50rideaulakes is the OBC’s offering to those who want to schedule rides at their chosen date, time and place/route. This is in lieu of the traditional Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour (RLCT) that the club was regrettably unable to offer for two consecutive years due to the pandemic.  
In our 50for50 library is a selection of 54 quality routes for members to choose from; they range from easy to challenging, and one can filter start locations for making choices easier. Each route is complemented with details on amenities, access to food, washroom availability, type of surface, and items to locate for our scavenger hunt! 


If you haven’t joined or created a #50for50rideaulakes ride yet, it is not too late! Check it out, and don’t miss out : https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/  
To date, twenty five 50for50 rides have been completed, three members won our favourite route contest, and eleven members won prizes for various categories in the month of June. We have more prizes in July and August. Earning a prize is as easy as sharing photos or stories!  
Our unique 50for50 event, offered for the first time in 2021, runs until September 14. 

Register with jRide, create rides, or join rides:  Register and Join Rides  
Tutorial on how to register (it’s simple and easy!):  https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/jRide/help/Step-into-jRide/   

Come ride with us, and win prizes! https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/prizes  

If you wish to provide feedback, convey issues or concerns, or have a question, please drop us an email via 50for50@ottawabicycleclub.ca 

Open TT series #2 - Thursday July 22

After a successful start to the Thursday Open TTs, we're back with week #2.

Please note that the Open TT is a pre-registration only event. Registration closes on Wednesday at 9:00pm, or when the event fills up (75 riders max)

Who: 2021 OBC club members – club members only - with a desire to test themselves against the clock.

What: 15 km individual start time trial.

Where: Course is on the Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway, starting about 500m east of the Aviation Parkway. 7.5km out to the turn around (just before Montreal Road), 7.5 km back to the finish line (about 100m east from the start line). Parking at the Aviation Museum or various lots along the Parkway.

When: Thursday July 22. First rider starts shortly after 6pm. Registered riders will receive their exact start times (and other info) by email on the Wednesday before the TT.

How: Registration via https://www.webscorer.com/register?pid=1&raceid=247900

Questions: Email Peter Tregunno – peter.tregunno@gmail.com

Peter Tregunno & Mark Manners

OBC Gravel Ride #6, Saturday July 24th - Ashton Gillies 

  • Date/Time: Saturday July 24th, 9:30 AM, start time (note the earlier departure) 
  • Start: Ashton Park, 8958 Flewellyn Rd, Ashton. Large Parking Lot, no washrooms. 
  • Surface: An easy flat gravel ride, where over 80% of the route is unpaved. 32mm+ 
  • Limited services... the route is in rural areas and does not pass through towns. 
  • Route: Ashton-Gilles Short [Ashton] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36823205 
  • For more information contact: Bill Bourne at bill.bourne@ottawabicycleclub.ca 

Register at: https://www.webscorer.com/register?pid=1&raceid=247940 

With its non-technical gravel and limited elevation gains, this loop provides an easy introduction to gravel for anyone transitioning from road riding. But it does have the fun of the Beckwith forest trail... a meandering hiking and cycling trail. The highlights of this route also include Gillies Corners Side Rd, a very pretty farm road, Pinery Rd., 11km of twisty forested gravel road that's one of the region's iconic gravel routes, and McCaffrey Trail, along the river, a very scenic way to end the route. 
Ashton Brewing Company makes a great way to end the day! 

OBC Tuesday evening ride series

Short ride in the east (Redux).
When: July 20th, 2021
Start: 18:00 to 21:00
Where: starting from Princess Auto, 1111 Ages Dr, Ottawa, ON K1G 6L3
A/B-ride 20: Metcalfe_54 [Seresco], 54K, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30104813
C-ride 40km: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31842774
C-ride: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=247084


Loop with Mark St -Jean

Come join us for a traditional loop of the park. Meet at the front of the kiosk at P3. This is an open ride. Mark will lead a Sportif/A-ride around the park but everyone is welcome to ride at their own pace however there will be no sweep or broom wagon.

When: Thursday Nights at 18:30
Where: P3 Gatineau Park/Parc de la Gatineau P3
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36534918
Resister: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=247435 

OBC Sunday ride series

Go East Young Woman
When: July 25th, 2021
Start: 08:00 to 12:00
Where: starting from LCBO, 5150 Innes Rd, Orléans, ON K4A 0G4
A-ride: Cumberland Russell [Orleans TrimRd], 113k , https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30264018
B-ride: Cumberland Russell [Orleans TrimRd], 113k , https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30264018
C-ride: Clarence Creek 1 [Orleans TrimRd], 54k, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30567010
A-ride: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=248012
B-ride: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=248013
C-ride: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=248014