As always, the open TT series starts with the Good Friday TT (3 April 2015).
Registration will be between 9:30 and 10:30, in the Aviation Museum parking lot. We'll aim to have the first rider off at 11 am, but we might run a few minutes late as this is the first event of the year.
Participation rules remain the same as 2014 - current OBC members, free. Members of other Ontario cycling clubs (bring your card!), or licensed racers (Canadian UCI licenses, only!) $30 for the season. No try before you buy offers! Not a member? Sign up on-line before hand!!!
To speed up registration, you can fill in and print the waver and seeding sheet ahead of time. The 2015 waver is available on-line: NCC Liability Waiver
Not ready to ride a TT yet? Still want to get out on Good Friday? Please consider being a volunteer - timekeeper, turn-around marshal, registration, whatever! This is always one of the largest TTs of the year (over 100 riders last year) - we'll need your help!
The Open and Women's TT series start on May 5th (Women's) and 7th (Open). Same as always, registration between 5:30 and 6 pm, first rider off at 6:30.
The course is a 15 km (10 km for the WTT in May) out-and-back following the Eastern Parkway from near the Aviation Museum to the turnaround near Montreal Rd and finishes just opposite the start line. Parking and registration are in the Aviation Museum parking lot.
Our TTs aren't only for speedy riders - I encourage all club members to come out and give a TT a try - you might get hooked!
Racing Events Director
In April, the 2015 Day Tours season begins for another year with the usual Group Riding Clinics and Sunday Rides. The Saturday and Tuesday evening programs start a little later when the days are longer and warmer:
Important dates and new maps:
All Day Tour routes were transferred over the winter to Ride with GPS which permits members to download a map in PDF format or to upload the route to a GPS device.
The first Group Riding Clinic takes place at the Experimental Farm on Saturday, April 4 at 9:30am. Please dress appropriately for this clinic. It will be chilly standing around for the instructional part which last about 45 minutes. More information and schedule is on the Group Riding Clinic page.
Sunday rides begin on Sunday, April 5 (Easter Sunday) from Billings Bridge Plaza by the Mcdonalds Restaurant. Departure time is 9:00 am for a ride to either Piperville or Metcalfe. Please use designated parking area for Sunday rides. Starting times only are listed in the Club Calendar. Full schedule with destinations and distances are on the Sunday Maps and Schedule page.
The Tuesday evening schedule begins April 21 with a ride to Carlsbad Springs leaving from Elmvale Acres at 6:00 pm. Full schedule with destinations and distances are on the Tuesday Maps and Schedule page.
The Saturday Rides are all remote starts and will begin on May 2 with a ride from Osgoode to Chesterville. Full schedule with destinations and distances are on the Saturday Maps and Schedule page.
I am looking for:
5 volunteers to complete the Group Riding Clinics schedule. The clinics are run by two members and comes with a detailed instructor's manual. Do not worry if you have never run a clinic. We will make sure you are assigned to an experienced instructor.
4 members to lead the Ramblers group on Sundays.
one or two members to help coordinate the Tuesday Evening Rides. You would need to welcome the riders, hand out a few route maps and possibly lead a ride.
Members who decide to lead groups on the various rides are encouraged to purchase a Tour Leader jersey for $35.00.
Have a safe and satisfying cycling season.
Starting this season, we will be using flickr to store photos from club events. Please see our public flickr page for photos throughout the season. If you are a flickr user, please Follow Us on flickr to keep up to date. As always, if you have photos to contribute, please see our Posting Photographs page for details.
The start of April brings the start of our on-road program (hopefully). It also brings an end to volunteers opening the office on Saturday mornings (we all want to get out and ride!).
Please note that the club office will be closed between Friday April 3 to Monday April 6 inclusive.
Starting April 7, the club office will be open
Monday: 3pm to 8pm
Wednesday: 3pm to 8pm
Sunday: noon to 4pm
Contact Laura to arrange other times.
Susan Roe and Jane Hammingh visited Portugal in Sept/Oct 2014 and cycled the Alentejo Circuit in Portugal's largest region. It lies north of the Algrave stretching across Portugal from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border. It's a predominantly rural region, much of it rolling farmland dotted with cork oaks, vineyards and olive trees with ancient hilltop settlements where whitewashed houses line twisting cobbled streets.
After cycling Susan and Jane hiked the Fisherman's Trail on the Rota Vincentia. This is a long distance path along the southwest coast of Portugal. From Odeceixe, they hike north 60 kilometers to Villa Nova de Milfontes, hiking along cliff edges, through sand dunes and forests.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) at 78 Lisgar, just across the street from the south entrance to Ottawa City Hall. Look for the anchor on the lawn. The presentation will start at about 7:30ish. Get there early for free parking on the east side of the building. Ring the door bell for access to the 3rd floor lounge.
Members and non-members are welcome!
George Gonis - OBC Social Director
How about a cycle/camping trip this season?
How about a tour in the Saguenay / Lac St Jean area this season?
Your tour leaders are hoping to find out if there is enough interest amongst our members for both of the above Tours wrapped up in 1 single Tour. The following link will take you to a description of this tour that was enjoyed by some of our members last season. Where the description outlines the use of a U-Haul trailer, we would hope to substitute with the use of the OBC van. It would be essentially a 7 day tour. Dates being considered for this coming season are the first 3 weeks or the last week of July. We don't expect that it would conflict with any other tours considering that the members interested in this tour probably aren't the same members who prefer our usual 5* accommodations tours. We would like to know if there is sufficient interest before May 1st in order to give us enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
To indicate your interest or thoughts, please email: Ron Stoneham
May 15 - 18 2015 - Spring Riding followed by BBQ and refreshments
The annual OBC tour to Coburg is once again scheduled for the May long weekend at the Breakers Motel. Last year's trip was a great success, with 3 sunny days, cool evenings and the BBQ at the ready for Saturday and Sunday evening meals. Tour participants were rewarded with mostly clear skies and great cycling weather, cool mornings and warm but not humid daytime temps along the various routes. The lake is waiting just a few feet away from our rooms for those of you who are adventurous enough to take a dip after your days ride. Friday evening usually set aside for a dinner out with the tour participants and discussions on the various riding options for the next few days.
More information and application forms on the Northumberland page.
The OBC touring organization is looking for someone to take over various administrative functions in booking and coordinating our tours with the various hotels. If you, or someone you would recommend would be interested, please contact Larry Sargent, Touring Events Director, Ottawa Bicycle Club Larry_Sargent@rogers.com or drop by the office and leave your name and contact information with Laura.
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