March Spokesperson

In this issue:

RLCT Update

All it has done is snow snow snow in February! And then rain! But it is almost spring and time to get the bike tuned up!

Over 900 number of people have registered in the first four weeks of RLCT registration. If you have not yet registered, remember to check the OBC Website and register!

Your Rideau Lakes team is busy planning the tour! We have selected a logo that incorporates the spirit of the tour and the 150th birthday of Canada. A visit to Queen's University in Kingston to see the finish area and address the University proposed changes due to construction on campus is planned for early April. We will keep you updated as soon as we know what will be changing.

Have you joined the RLCT Facebook event page yet? If not, you will be missing out on quickly updated information about your favourite tour. We will be sharing information about the routes, construction, weather, training, important dates and last minute details.

Our crew! We need a big crew to deliver this great ride. Please consider volunteering or convincing a friend to volunteer, check out our volunteer page for descriptions and information. There are perks and for some positions, you can still ride at least one way.

Remember to log on to Facebook and join the RLCT Facebook event page to keep up to date with the latest news! We look forward to seeing you at the 46th annual Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour.

Happy Training!

OBC Social Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess, 78 Lisgar, doors open at 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Paul and Ingrid's Pyrenean Traverse - Take 2

August - September 2013

Over 10 days, the French "Raid Pyrenean Touriste" starts on the Atlantic coast and traverses 26 cols, many made famous by the Tour de France, to arrive at the Mediterranean, paralleling the Spanish border. The ride is almost all on the French side of the Pyrénées, with excellent mountain views. The route is often in remote countryside, passing through quaint, small villages. This was a challenging, beautiful, sometimes grueling ride, involving daily ascents of 1500m - 2500m; it climbed many classic ‘hors categorie' cols including Col d'Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, and Port de Pailhères.

There will be pictures and stories. Come share our French journey.

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Please join us for Paul and Ingrid's incredible journey through the French Pyrénées at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) - 78 Lisgar. It is directly across the street from Ottawa City Hall. Look for a large anchor on the front lawn at the corner of Lisgar and Cartier. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins around 7:30 p.m..

There is a cash bar, complimentary potato chips, and door prizes! Limited free parking is on the east side of the building, so get there early for a spot.

Please note, you don't have to be an Ottawa Bicycle Club member to come, the general public is certainly welcome!

I hope to see you there.

George Gonis - OBC Social Director

Women's Time Trial Series

Over the past few years, I've watched the participation numbers drop in the WTT. As the racing events director, I want the ensure that our club events match what members want. And if they don't match, I'd like the see what we can do to make our events better.

I'd like to hear from you:

  • if you take part in the WTT and have some feedback
  • if you've done the WTT events in the past and aren't now
  • if you've considered taking part, but haven't

Please contact me at obc.racing.events@gmail.com.

Now is the time to set the direction for the season - May is just around the corner! 

Youth Program Parent Info Night 

It's time to start thinking about spring cycling as we invite you to the 2017 OBC Youth Program Parent Info Night on April 3rd, 7pm-9pm.  This important meeting will be held at the Tom Brown Arena Hall (upstairs), 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3. The session information has been updated on the Youth Program page.

Registration Now Open for the OBC Youth Program

All riders (including parents who accompany riders) must be members of the Ottawa Bicycle Club, and bring their membership cards with them at all registered events. The online registration process includes:

  1. Purchase an OBC Membership, if not already done
  2. Purchase the OCA Membership, if not already done
  3. Complete the online registration form  for each child 
  4. Select the learning events desired for each child
  5. Confirm the OBC Privacy and Data Usage Consent
  6. Complete the OCA youth waiver and send it to the Ontario Cycling Association as instructed.

https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/2017-ottawa-bicycle-club-youth-program

Lifetime Achievement Award - Don Moxley

Don Moxley of the Ottawa Bicycle Club was presented with the Brian Kilrea Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award for his more than 30 years of cycling and Nordic ski instruction.  The Ottawa Sports Awards banquet was held on February 1st.  Below is the citation prepared for the event.

Don Moxley comes from a couple of sport backgrounds and has been coaching Ottawa cyclists and nordic skiers for over 30 years.

 

With the Ottawa Bicycle Club for the past couple of decades, Don worked his way through the coaching ranks, first developing beginner competitive cyclists and then nurturing their athletic careers as they learned to become champions.

 

Many coaches who deliver national and international results are given top athletes and take them to the next level. Don started with first-time cyclists and grew them into athletes that delivered national and international results. He empowered them and provided them with tools to understand and to monitor their training. That is to say, he created athletes.

 

Over his coaching career, dozens of cyclists from his program made provincial and national teams, and won international championships. For many years, Don's athletes have been recognized by the Ottawa Sports Awards, including 2014 Male Athlete of the Year Vincent De Haitre, for whom he wrote his first cycling-specific training plan.

 

While many coaches develop a standard program for a group of athletes to follow, Don felt that each athlete should receive an individualized plan to match their goals and their competition schedule. This required a tremendous amount of personal dedication and time on behalf of the coach, but it was the Moxley way. Clearly, it was a very successful approach for competitive cyclists in Ottawa.

 

Don shared his knowledge and experience over the years and brought new coaches into the program and had them working with athletes. Beginning in 1995, he organized and coordinated coaching courses in both road and mountain bike. He introduced Jenny Trew as an up-and-coming coach. In 2012, Jenny was selected as the female Canadian coach for the Pan Am Championship and the Ontario Coach for the National Track Cycling team, and now she leads Canada's premiere women's development team under The Cyclery banner.

 

These were just his efforts on behalf of cycling. Don found time to be the Nordic ski assistant coach at Carleton University for many years, as well as Nordic ski coach with the Ottawa Racers and the Kanata Racers. Don believed in the benefits of training in different sports, and that there are many crossover benefits from one sport to another.

 

Don may very well have set the bar against which development coaches in Ottawa will be measured.

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Jenny Moore, George Gonis, Ron Stoneham and Laura Johnson attended the awards event and sat at the table with Don Moxley, Beth Moxley, along with the De Haitre family.  Vincent De Haitre was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the year and recognized as a "star on blades and ice".  Unfortunately, Vincent was not able to attend the dinner, but he sent a video clip from South Korea where he was preparing for a World Cup speed skating event.  In his comments, he acknowledged Don Moxley and his early years training with the Ottawa Bicycle Club.

OK Cycle Tours

Colombia is rated as the second most popular destination to visit in 2017. It is a very diverse country that has come a long way in terms of making tourist travel more appealing. From the coffee regions deep in the lush green mountains, to the sun filled sandy beaches of the coast, Colombia has something for everyone. From the beautiful coloured architecture to the gastronomical feasts of locally found fruits and vegetables, your will be mesmerized by this special country. Colombia's dedication to protecting their vast natural landscapes is evident everywhere you look. Join us at our presentation to find more!

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Presentation night for Colombia is March 23rd at the Rideau Street Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 377 Rideau Street at 7:00 pm. Rsvp katherine@okcycletours.com. Space is always limited. Please rsvp.

 

 

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President - Jenny Moore
Vice President - André Gauthier
Treasurer - Ron Stoneham
Secretary - Jason Clark
Marketing & Communications - Lynn Sones
Touring - Nicolas Déry
Social - George Gonis
Racing Events - Peter Tregunno
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Guy Warwick
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Touring Events - Scott McDougall
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