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Please join us for the 44th Annual Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour
June 6th and 7th 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.
Attention 2015 RLCT Participants
Registering as OBC Members and/or booking Algonquin Accommodation and/or selecting “Yes” to being a Tour Marshal makes you eligible to pre-register for the Tour on Friday, June 5th.
Where: Algonquin College, Salon D (room to be confirmed)
When: 4:00pm to 7:30pm (on Friday, June 5th)
Do NOT bring your luggage to pre-registration. ALL luggage will be collected Saturday morning June 6, 2015 on the grounds of Algonquin College.
All riders pre-registering will be checked against an eligibility list. OBC members may want to bring their membership card.
Calling All Route Marshals!
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.
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.
Route Marshal Responsibilities
Route Marshals act as safety ambassadors by sharing cycling advice and encouraging safe cycling behaviours. Route Marshals may also perform the role of first responders at accident scenes along ride routes and identify unsafe cyclists to Tour officials.
In addition, Route Marshals are often asked to provide basic assistance to riders who may experience problems, such as flat tires, along the route.
Route Marshal Eligibility Requirements
The RLCT Committee is seeking safety-focused, experienced and enthusiastic riders to join the RLCT Marshal team. Eligibility requirements include:
A passion for and knowledge about safe cycling, and willingness to work with all levels of cyclists to promote safe cycling.
Current OBC membership.
Riding experience and ability to complete the RLCT.
Attendance at a Route Marshal orientation session (dates to be determined).
Be willing to work as a team to provide well distributed route coverage over the length and duration of the ride on each day.
Access to a mobile phone for use during the RLCT.
Carrying a First Aid kit and being prepared to provide basic First Aid. First Aid certification is an asset.
Having a basic knowledge of bicycle repair, assisting cyclists with mechanical needs until a Support and Gear (SAG) team arrives.
Marshals are required to 1) complete the online RLCT registration form and 2) register with Laura Jane Johnson by e-mail or by calling 613-230-1064.
As a Thank You, Route Marshals who meet the eligibility criteria will have their Tour registration fee reimbursed and can pre-register at Algonquin on Friday June 5 (with bag drop-off Saturday morning).