January Spokesperson

In this issue:

President's Message

Welcome to 2019, and a new OBC year!  I know some of our members are still out there on fat bikes or other machines, pounding through the snow - good on you for braving Ottawa's winter weather! Club cycling actually starts up in January with some indoor track work, so we're not hibernating either -
A big thanks to Ron, Laura, and Isabel for leading a facelift of the OBC office on Booth St.  The landlord put in new flooring, and helped with new window treatments.  Along with some new furniture, the ambience is a lot fresher and more welcoming.  Please drop by for free Wifi and coffee!
In other news, the 2019 OBC membership site is now live, so you can jump on there and register for the OBC and the Ontario Cycling Association, via a single on-line process.  It's fast and easy!  


Keeping this short, my best wishes to you and your families for the holiday season, and for a happy new year! 
Keep sending us those cycling pictures and we'll share the best via the newsletter and the website.

Scott McDougall

OBC Social - January 16th, 2019

 "A year of cycling islands - Sri Lanka, Newfoundland, PEI, and New Zealand" 
by Dave Yaeger and Jetje Antonietti

HMCS Bytown Officers’ Mess, doors open at 6:30 p.m., presentation starts 7:30ish p.m.

5 islands, 3 countries, 3 continents
Join us for highlights of Dave and Jetje's 2018 bike touring experiences.
Whether it be cycling around the island of Sri Lanka, bike camping on the west coast
of Newfoundland, three day GranFondo in PEI, or riding the narrow, windy and hilly roads from Auckland to Queenstown, New Zealand this presentation will be sure to warm you up. No, they won’t show you all of their photos, but hope to put together their best pictures to capture the Kodak moments.

(it’s like a ‘Where is Waldo?’ picture - look carefully for Dave and Jetje nestled into the hill)


I can’t wait to see Dave and Jetje’s Island Cycling experience at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Crow's Nest).  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentations starts about 7:30 p.m. Look for the anchor on the lawn of the HMCS Bytown Officers’ Mess, directly across the street from the south entrance of Ottawa City Hall. And, there is a cash bar, with Door Prizes to boot ! Let's hope to see you there.

George Gonis - OBC Social Director

Note: there is limited free parking on the east side of the building. Get there early for a spot.

Fall Fun at the Velodrome

Our track season hit full stride in the last month with second trip to Forest City Velodrome and our first weekend of racing at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, where OBC riders put in a great showing and came back with medals.

Forest City Velodrome, November 23-25

A dozen riders from Ottawa were joined by three young women from Les Club Cycliste Dynamiks de Contrecoeur in Montreal at our second open track weekend at Forest City Velodrome.  For the first time, women made up the majority of our participants! We had 4 masters riders this time… Bill was glad for the company! 


Another Great Turnout!

Our weekend followed the standard format:

  • Friday Night: Get set up on rental bikes, and get settled in.  Beginners go through the basics of riding a fixed gear bike, and getting up onto the track. We go over the protocols for riding at FCV, do some paceline riding, and take some time for riders to play around on the track
  • Saturday Morning we ride in an open controlled recreational group riding session with the FCV community. This is a bit like a “club ride” on the track… 
  • Saturday afternoon our youth participate in structured training sessions with the Kallisto FCV club youth program.
  • Saturday evening we have private track time. What we do depends on who’s on the trip, but we generally do a mix of skills development, some fun fast efforts, and allocate some time for individual riders to do whatever they want
  • Sunday morning we have more private track time
  • And we finish off Sunday morning with another recreational group ride.

Our next trip to Forest City Velodrome will be February 1-3, 2019. If you are interested in trying the track, contact Bill Bourne at bill@bashd.ca. And for a whole folder of photos check out OBC-FCV-25Nov18

Paceline in the Recreational Riding Session

Our youngest rider, Grayson is 11 years old. He had a ball on his first trip at the beginning of November, but never quite got up on the track. He was back to complete his training.. Up he went. He rode in the rec-riding sessions with the adults and pretty much whenever he could… a solid strong rider!   

Grayson in the Rec-Riding Session

Discussing Some Protocol Details for Open Rec-Riding Session

Team Pursuit Exchange Practice - Zoom Zoom!

Ariane and Emmanuel Practicing Madison Exchanges

Ontario Cup Track Racing, Milton, December 1-2

We had a good contingent of riders and coaches head to the Mattamy National Cycling Centre for the first provincial track races of the season. Saturday was the Ontario Youth Track Development Series #1, intended for riders under 19 years old. Sunday was the Ontario Track Cup #1 for Junior and Adult riders. Each event consists of a series of different races. And in both events riders are placed into categories based on their ability. 
Both days had 100ish athletes of all backgrounds participating, including a number of youth para-athletes on Saturday. There is an air of energy, collegiality, and social connection on the infield that that generates an exciting positive vibe that’s hard to describe. 

For a folder of photos from the two days check out Milton-Race-Weekend-2Dec18.

In Saturday’s Youth Development races, both sexes ride together and the focus is on development… there are no podiums or medals. We had four riders competing: Ben Harrington, Cedric Beaulieu (riding A-grade), Emmanuel Cheff (riding B-Grade), and Denis Berthelot (riding D-Grade). Shawn Clarke coached, and Bill Bourne helped out. The races vary for each meet. On offer this time were a: Scratch Race, Points Race and “Point a Lap” Race, an 8-lap Scratch Race, and a “Win and Out Race”. Athletes are expected to compete in every race in their category.

For Sunday’s Ontario Track Cup, we had five riders, with Shawn handling the coaching duties.

  • Our junior men, Ben Harrington, Cedric Beaulieu, and Brett Stoppa rode in Cat 2 Men
  • Isabelle Bryenton rode in Cat 2 Women
  • And Bill (“why should the kids have all the fun”) Bourne rode in Cat 4 Men

The race events were the keirin, scratch race, elimination race, and points race. There was some fast, exciting racing, and OBC riders did very well. In the end, it was our rookies that got to the podium.

Things got off with a bang in the Keirin. This is a sprint event where 6 riders are paced behind a motorbike, which speeds up gradually to 50 kph before pulling off with 3 laps to go and the racers sprint all out for the final 750 meters. At the O-Cup the Cat 1 and Cat 2 riders are combined for the Keirin, making it extremely competitive racing. Cedric Beaulieu, in his first ever sprint race, in his first weekend of track racing, qualified in his heats, hitting speeds approaching 65 KPH, to make it to the final. He ended up 6th, an amazing result!

With his new found track sprinting skills Cedric took it all in the elimination race, winning gold, looking very poised as a sprinter. He won the final sprint in the points race, finishing 4th. 

Brett Stoppa and Ben Harrington rode strong in the scratch and points races. Attacking, closing gaps, and going for sprints in the points race.

Isabelle Bryenton, in her first track race ever, won silver in the scratch race. She made it to the podium again taking bronze in the elimination race.

Riders Warm Up By Using Rollers (not resistance trainers) on the Track Infield

Shawn Discuss Race Tactics With Denis

Ben and Cedric In the “A-Grade” Youth Scratch Race

Emmanuel on the Attack in the B-Grade Youth Scratch Race

Denis Mixing it Up in the D-Grade Scratch Race

In Mass Start Races, Riders Start Clipped-in, Holding the Outside Railing
Ben, Cedric (holding on to Ben’s bike) and Brett

Silver for Isabelle in the Scratch Race

Gold for Cedric in the Elimination Race

Our Junior Men in Action

Coming Soon

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.
Now, it is January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year. May we suggest you join us either as a rider or volunteer next June 8 & 9 for the 48th edition of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour.
Online registration opens January 31st.

Do you have someone in your life that would love to receive a gift certificate towards their registration purchase? Can’t think of anyone with a birthday or anniversary in the coming months? Consider some of these additional special and unique Holidays:

  • Feb 14th – Valentine’s Day
  • Feb 17th - Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • Mar 3rd – I Want You to be Happy Day
  • Mar 21st – Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
  • Apr 10th – National Siblings Day

The week before registration opens we will post details on the gift certificates and any other new information about this year’s Tour. Please visit our website:


Your RLCT Committee


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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the de facto management body of the OBC, with powers defined by the Ottawa Bicycle Club Constitution. Directors of the Board are mandated by club members to conduct club business on their behalf through elections held at the Club's Fall Annual General Meeting.

2018 Board of Directors

President - Scott McDougall
Vice President -Jason Clark
Treasurer - Ron Stoneham
Secretary - Vacant
Marketing & Communications - Larry Sargent
Group Rides - Nicolas Déry
Social - George Gonis
Racing Events - Mark Manners
Youth Program - Noel Harrington
Education - Bob Hicks
Touring Events -  Eric Burpee
RLCT - Gail Tannenbaum
Director Without Portfolio - Jim Brennan
Director Without Portfolio - Doug Corner
Director Without Portfolio - Bill Bourne
Director Without Portolio - Cindy Vineberg

Board Meetings

Meetings are held on the first (non-holiday) Monday of each month to discuss Club business in an organized manner.



Committees may be established by the Directors to support the activities of the Board and activities relating to specific events, such as racing, socials and the Rideau Lakes Tour.

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Members are welcome to attend Board meetings and find out more about how the club is managed. Members are also welcome and encouraged to assist with specific portfolios or events by approaching a director.

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Ottawa Bicycle Club Objectives

To conduct, encourage and promote cycle racing, cycle touring and recreational cycling;

To assist the cycling community at large in the promotion, encouragement and understanding of all aspects of cycling and related activities;

To ascertain, defend and pursue the rights of cyclists;

To promote youth cycling;

To carry on the above objectives in affiliation with the Canadian Cycling Association;