Tuesday evening rides will return for the 2017 season starting April 18th and running every Tuesday night until the end of September. To reduce the amount of time spent riding in city traffic, the majority of our routes start from locations that allow us to quickly leave city traffic behind. The routes head south, east, and west out of the city, returning at or before dusk. As a result, these routes are shorter than the OBC weekend rides, ranging from under 35 km early in the season and gradually increasing to around 60 km in early summer when the days are longest. Although the Tuesday program attracts a range of abilities, we place particular emphasis on accommodating newer OBC members who wish to obtain group riding experience on the shorter evening routes.
Full schedule with destinations, distances and maps are in the Club Calendar and at the bottom of this page.
The OBC weekly rides are members-only events. To ensure that only members take part, ride coordinators and group leaders will ask you to show a valid membership card at the start of each ride. Make sure to have your card handy, and enjoy the ride!
The Tuesday program follows the same structured approach to groups, speeds, and planned routes as do all other OBC touring events, but there is more personalized attention from the organizers due to the smaller size. OBC group leaders are available for all speed groups, from Rambler (20-22 km/hr) through the various levels up to and including the 30+ km/hr range. All group members are expected to ride co-operatively to start and end together, and to follow OBC group riding guidelines and speeds set for the group they are joining.
Rides start at 6:00 p.m. except in September, when we depart at 5:30 p.m. due to the shorter days. (Note the change for April this year.) The rides are planned to finish before sunset, but sometimes stuff happens - flat tires, mechanical issues, etc... You should carry a lighting system on your bike (white light in the front, red in the back) in case the ride unexpectedly extends into darkness. It's also important always to carry water or a sports drink, as well as a light snack (granola bar, banana, dried fruit, etc.) for the longer rides. Although we attempt to take breaks at a store or location with toilets available for riders, this is not always possible.
We have updated the Tuesday routes again this year, redesigning portions of existing routes, replacing routes that were affected by changing traffic patterns, and adding new routes that get us out of the city sooner. As the city road construction and infrastructure improvement projects for the season are announced, however, we anticipate that further changes to current routes and destinations may be necessary. Start locations will not be altered.
I look forward to meeting many new and returning riders on Tuesdays. If you an experienced OBC member who might be interested in leading a group this season, please let me know.
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