The weather radar shows significant rain clouds headed our way that coupled with the threat of thunderstorms and the winds gusting to 40 tells me to cancel tonight's ride.
The July issue of the Spokesperson has been distributed via e-mail. It is also available on-line.
The 44th RLCT has come and gone, but the memories remain. The sunshine, tailwinds and many happy volunteers, sponsors, event hosts and riders collectively made the RLCT 2015 a great success.
Did You Know?
After a short hiatus, the much adored Adirondack Quickie is back, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. This will be the 11th running of the tour and its fourth accommodation. While the hosts will be new in 2015, it's the same great season, same great locale. So dust off your pie-plate cassette...
The Lake Placid area is a great area to ride a bike, with layered green hills, rushing streams and lots of quiet country roads. If that isn't enough a change of speed can be had by bringing your hiking boots - the hiking is terrific too! We'll be in the village of Wilmington but the sleepy town of Lake Placid is nearby as well for those needing big-city lights.
Additional information and application forms are on the Adirondack Quickie page.
The Lost & Found items are now gathered at the OBC Club House at 170B Booth Street. Office hours are located here.
We have several pairs of prescription glasses and other miscellaneous items. Please let us know if you lost anything during the Tour.
Plans for the September weekend to Mont Tremblant are now finalized. Based upon feedback from last year's participants, we are offering a few different options for this year's tour. As in past years, the main group will ride from a remote start in St Remi d'Amherst. Routes will also be available for those riders who prefer to drive to Mont Tremblant and do loop rides from the hotel. Our hotel this year is the Marriott Residence Inn. It offers similar room choices to last year's hotel and is about 3 kms away from it. Amenities include kitchen/kitchenette, pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi. For those who wish to make it a real "weekend" tour, we have also booked a few rooms for Friday night. Route maps for rides from the Hotel will be available for those arriving by car on Friday or Saturday.
Additional information and application forms are on the Summer's End Century page.
We will be returning to Brandon, VT for the long August weekend for three nights. Driving time from Ottawa should be about 5 hours. If you haven't cycled in Vermont, you're missing some of the best cycling anywhere. The weekend in Brandon is reasonably priced, in a very nice inn in an interesting little town, and offers a wide variety of beautiful rides.
Additional information and application forms are on the Vermont Tours page.
Once again, Mme Boucher-Boutin will be hosting us at the Auberge Harris in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu for our Friday and Saturday night stay. The terrain is not 'dramatic'--to the south and west of the immediate area it is flat to slightly rolling farmland becoming increasingly more rolling the further east you go. If you're really adventurous, there's a optional, remote-start, route (with a $5-$15 uplift for transport) commencing in northern Vermont (passport alert!), going south through the middle of Lake Champlain and back north via either the Vermont or New York shore of Lake Champlain; we'll vote.
More information and application forms on the Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu page.
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