Welcome to 2015! We are pleased to welcome you back or to welcome you for the first time to the Ottawa Bicycle Club.
We are excited for the year ahead and welcome you to join us whether your interest is our weekly group rides, our group tours, Rideau Lakes, or cyclocross in the fall. We look forward to riding alongside you sometime this year!
You can sign up for annual membership on the Becoming a Member page. Registrations are on-line only.
Please feel free to browse our website for further details on any of our club programs or contact the club office if you have any questions. May 2015 be your best riding year yet!
Laura Jane Johnson
on behalf of Peter Tregunno, Club President & the 2015 Board of Directors
Here is your excuse to keep in shape over the winter months. This trip offers a range of cycling options for the recreational cyclist to the most hard core. You will be able to select rides each day of 20 km on rolling terrain to 150 km in the mountains, a little something for everyone. We have selected two hotels in the centre of small historic towns of Lexington VA (for 5 nights) and Front Royal VA (for 4 nights). Each day you will be provided with maps, cue sheets and company to explore the beautiful scenery around these two towns.
This is a great way to kick start your cycling season cycling on quiet paved roads where motorist are friendly to cyclists and there is nothing to worry about except whether or not you will run out of memory space in your camera. The terrain ranges from small towns, farms, horse ranches on palatial estates, to forest and are consider by many to be some of the best cycling available in North America. Front Royal is located at the northern gates to the blue ridge parkway spanning some 754km (not that we will do all of it, just a wee bit).
More information and application forms on the Spring to Virginia page.
The January issue of the Spokesperson has been distributed via e-mail. It is also available on-line.
Happy New Year!
It's time to mark your calendars for the 44th RLCT taking place June 6-7, 2015. On-Line Registration opens January 31, 2015
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac's 2015 long-range weather forecast, April and May will be drier than normal with near-normal temperatures, and summer will be warmer than normal. Sounds perfect for your Tour training and riding!
While we can't do much about the weather, we can do something about your Tour experience on and off the road. We will be sharing "What's New" this year with the Tour through OBC Newsletters and on the RLCT webpage over the coming months.
An early and renewed focus this year is on road safety. We listened to feedback from last year's Tour, and noted area cycling tragedies and media interest in regional events and fundraisers. Where better to start when considering road safety, than with our RLCT Route Marshals.
Calling All Route Marshals
Route Marshals are respected riders who are the Ottawa Bicycle Club's (OBC) safety ambassadors to help keep the RLCT riders safe while on route. On the Tour weekend, safety is our number one priority and is critical to keeping a quality Tour. As such we need registered, experienced cyclists who can set a great example for our riders.