March Spokesperson

In this issue:

President's Message

Hello March - as we all know, Spring formally starts in March, so let's get the wheels out of the basement, and start preparing for the new season, because it really is coming!

The Board of Directors has already met several times in preparation for the new season, and have determined that our focus will be on engagement of volunteers, improving our programs, and attracting new, more diverse cyclists. The Club needs volunteers to offer programs - it's as simple as that!  We usually end up with about a thousand members in the OBC, and typically less than a hundred volunteers to support our events - I simply ask you to consider that we are first and foremost a club of cyclists, and as members of a club we should think about contributing something beyond our registration fee. Our volunteers are dedicated beyond belief - but they need help to continue the amazing programming that we offer!  If you want improvements to programs, we need your help.  We're considering expanded use of an on-line tool which will provide clear information as to what support the club needs.  It could be acting as a group leader for day tours, helping with Rideau Lakes, Time Trials, or many other things. Watch your email and social media for more information, or come out to the group leaders meeting in March and get into it!

The 2019 Board's first initiative was to improve our image by cleaning up the club office, and making it a more engaging location for visitors and club functions. This is done.  The second initiative is to upgrade the club's recognition and image by launching a new OBC jersey.  You would've seen information on the website and in your email, inviting you to submit designs, and comment on those submitted.  The Board will select the winning design at the March meeting.  

As I'm sure you know, the OBC is affiliated with the Ontario Cycling Association, or OCA.  This is essential for our participation in races and other competitive cycling events, but it also provides insurance for participants in all our club events, including our day tours.  As a big tent club, we're happy to see members cycling with other groups, and even bringing back new ideas from those groups.   As an OBC Member you should know that your OBC membership protects you and your fellow members on OBC rides if you have an accident, and are injured, or are partially at fault,  - just in case! The OBC is knowledgeable, offers structured events, and yes, is social and fun.

Speaking of the OCA, Ron Stoneham and I spent a day in Milton (Ontario) with the OCA at their annual summit of excellence.  Apart from an update on the amateur sports environment in general, we saw presentations on club marketing/social media from an expert consultant, cycling/road safety from "Share the Road", and group cycling.  We're hoping to leverage some of the advice on club marketing; we were also happy to see that our group cycling procedures are very close to the OCA's best practices!  "Share the Road" is more relevant to urban cycling, commuting, and other types of riding that aren't part of our core program, but they are nevertheless effective lobbyists for cycling in general.  Even we "roadies" benefit from initiatives such as the 1 metre rule, advisory signage, and cyclists' rights in general.

We will be working with the OCA this year on updates to our policy suite.  Rest assured the OBC already has a number of robust and well proven policies, including, for example, privacy, discipline, foul weather, volunteer screening, training, and our ride guidelines, so this will be an exercise in aligning with the OCA and its legal expertise.  The new policy suite will be published on our website this summer, so watch your email or social media for more information.

As a parting note, I'd like to wish us well this upcoming season - a great series of day tours, an outstanding Rideau Lakes tour, tremendous results for our youth and racing programs, enjoyable touring events...    Along with a more diverse membership - please spread the word about our great club amongst your friends and colleagues, including those who may be fairly new to cycling!  We're a big tent, and there's a place for them - 

Yours in safe cycling - 


OBC General Meeting (kit design) Monday, March 4th 5-7pm (RSVP)

Reminder that we will be hosting an OBC General Meeting to discuss clothing kit design Monday, March 4th 5-7pm with a board meeting to follow 7-9pm.  This is your chance to voice your opinion with regarding to our new kit design!  We look forward to your input!
Kindly RSVP so we know how many people to expect!

OBC Trip to Forest City Velodrome  March 15-17  

We’ve already had two great weekend trips to the track this season. Our next trip is March 15-17, and it’s time to sign up

Forest City Velodrome (FCV)  is the perfect track to get introduced to track cycling as well as to develop your track riding skills. It’s also a really fun track to ride. Our long-weekend trips to FCV are by far the best way to get significant track experience in a compressed time frame at very low cost. Plus, you get an opportunity to meet, socialize, and ride with many riders from southern Ontario. 

All ages, from 11 to well, "even older than me" are welcome. New track riders are especially  welcome. Riders should have good basic riding skills, and be able to ride 30KPH for 15-20 minutes at a time. Touring 2 adult riders and T2Ts in the Youth Program will do just fine. 

We’ll make sure all riders have a program that addresses their goals. There will be training sessions for competitive riders, as well as sessions for new and recreational riders.  We’ll have lots of track time - there will be more than enough riding time, and opportunities to do whatever training and skills development you want.  

The cost is $125 per rider for the 3 days, including track bike rental.  Hotel cost is about $100 per room per night (so $50 a night if you share a room). And you are responsible for your own food. 

I'll be booking the OBC Van, which can take 8 people. Transportation in the OBC van is 100% free for the first 8 OBC members to sign up. 
The FCV organization is incredibly welcoming, helpful and accommodating.  You can see photos from a previous trip at OBC-FCV-25Nov18 And check out the FCV website at

The exact schedule is TBD, but you can expect something like:

  • Friday: Leave OBC Office, 170B Booth Street (at Albert) 9:00 AM
  • Friday 5:00 PM: Arrive at FCV
  • Friday 5:30 pm  Beginner’s Track training & Certification and Private OBC club session. We will be doing beginner’s training, some skills work, plus giving experienced riders some riding time.
  • Sat morning -- Recreational ride 8:30-12:00 with FCV members
  • Sat afternoon -- Youth Structured Training 2:00-4:30 pm with the Kallisto FCV Club, Our youth can participate in the regular FCV Structured Youth Training session run by the FCV Youth coach
  • Sat. evening -- Private club session -  Group training. Will be based on ability and need. A mix of skills development and fitness efforts
  • Sun morning -- Private club session 8:00-10:00 am -  Group training. Will be based on ability and need. A mix of skills development and fitness efforts
  • Sun morning -- Recreational ride 10:00-12:00 with FCV members
  • Leave FCV 1:00 PM, back at OBC offices Sunday 8:30 PM

If you are interested, please let me know ASAP.  Email

Finger Lakes

June 21 to 23 2019

Once again in 2019 the OBC will be returning to The Finger Lakes region of New York State so named for its series of long, thin lakes, and also known for its vineyards.
We will be staying at Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn, NY which is about a 4 hour drive from Ottawa.
The cycling routes offer beautiful views of the nearby lakes. While many roads are quiet, they also tend to be hilly, similar to riding in Gatineau park. The nearby town of Skaneateles on the edge of Skaneateles Lake is a great place to enjoy coffee, bakery goods or ice cream by the lake.  
There’s a Friday afternoon ride starting at 1pm, for those who can make it. Maps will be provided and tour participants should meet outside the inn to form groups.
The cost per person includes Friday and Saturday night accommodation and 2 continental breakfasts. There is a happy hour from 5-7pm on Friday. Dinners are not included but there are restaurants within easy walking distance. 
While in Auburn don’t forget to check out the bargains at the outlet mall about a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Registration available on the Finger Lakes page.

For further information, please contact the OBC office or Beverley Ifill at


Virginia Registration Reminder  

Reminder: Spring to Virginia registration is open but only until March 8. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to boost your training for Rideau Lakes!  Details on the Virginia page.

Almonte Paris Roubaix - May 5th

Mark you calender - the club's annual Almonte Paris Roubaix is scheduled for May 5th. 

Why so late this year? - Easter Sunday is April 21, and the Calabogie Classic is April 28th. And with this winter's snow pack, there's a strong chance that some of the route will still be snowed in in early April. Also, for those who want to maximize their gravel season, Paris Ancaster is also April 28th. So, yes, you can ride PA and APR this year!

Registration will open in early April - watch the club website for all details. Again this year, registration will be capped at around 200 riders to keep the event manageable.

Peter Tregunno

OBC Social Double Presentation Wednesday,March 20, 2019

HMCS Bytown Officers’ Mess, 79 Lisgar Street
Doors open at 6:30: p.m. to about 9:30 p.m.ish

FREE PARKING at Ottawa City Hall from 6:00 p.m onward (enter the underground parking garage from Laurier, then walk out the south entrance of Ottawa City Hall, across Lisgar Street, to the Officers’ Mess).

Bike Tour of Sicily by Harold Blount (7:30 - 8:30ish)


Nutrition - Hydration and the RLCT by Tim Bourque  (6:45 - 7:15 p.m. or so)
Please see Tim’s advertisement below


Harold Blount and Marion Andre’s Sicily Tour

Join Harold and Marion on a 5 week cycle tour of Sicily. See the roads,  the mountains, the volcanoes, the rain, the sunny days, the Canadians at  Rest, the fabulous architecture and the quiet and busy towns of this  most interesting Island of plenty. In this slideshow, from our trip in  October 2018, we try to answer your questions of "Why?", "How?",  "Where?" and "When?". We have lots of pictures that show the beauty of  this island paradise which we think will inspire you to plan your own  Adventure.

More Pictures

Nutrition - Hydration the RLCT

By Timothy Bourque

Will you participate in the 2019 Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour again or for the first time?
Preparation is the name of the game to "guarantee" a great weekend experience with 1800 other cyclists. You will not want to miss this presentation on Nutrition-Hydration before, during and in preparation for the return ride on Sunday.  Past OBC member, Tim Bourque will present many nutritional and hydration tips from his training at Movati Athletic as well as an experienced Obstacle racer both locally and in the USA.

Education and Certifications

  • Personal Trainer Level 3
  • CanFitPro – PTS
  • Precision Nutrition Certified (Level 1) Coach
  • DTS Hypertrophy
  • DTAS Lean Body Coach
  • Trx Level 1 certification
  • Tabata Bootcamp instructor
  • CPR and First Aid Certified


  • Employed since 2012 with Movati Athletic
  • 20+ years in the fitness industry focusing on strength and conditioning training
  • Sport specific training (i.e. Obstacle Course racing, Cycling, Volleyball, Golf)
  • Last 5 years has been a strong focus on weight loss and body composition
  • Obstacle racing endurance athlete (Races ranging from 1 mile to 30+ miles)

Please come to both presentations at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Crow's Nest). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The first presentation by Tim Bourque starts about 6:45 p.m. and lasts for about half an hour. The second presentation by Harold Blount starts about 15 minutes after Tim Bourque is finished. 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, but don’t forget the FREE PARKING at Ottawa City Hall across the street from the HMCS Bytown Officers’ Mess.

RLCT Update

The 48th edition of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour (RLCT) takes place in less than 100 days!  It’s never too early to start planning and preparing for the Tour on June 8-9.

Let us help you check off some of your RLCT to do list:

Ballot Box With Check on HTC Register at

Ballot Box With Check on HTC Tell your friends and family about the Tour at

Ballot Box With Check on HTC Not riding this year? Sign up to volunteer at

Ballot Box With Check on HTC Learn about Nutrition-Hydration and the RLCT by Timothy Bourque (past OBC member and certified trainer and coach). This 20 minute presentation will benefit not only RLCT riders but anyone who enjoys cycling. 

Whether you are a regular or a first timer at an OBC Social, mark your calendars for March 20th and make it a great evening of learning and fun. Following Tim’s presentation there will be another presentation by one of our own RLCT Committee members (Harold Blount) on Cycling in Italy. Doors open at 6:30pm. Presentations start at 6:45pm at 78 Lisgar Street. Note the free parking under City Hall after 6:00pm. Enter from Elgin Street.

Club Calendar Changes

Last season, the OBC maintained four separate google calendars.  One for each of the three group riding programs, and one for all other club events.  To reduce administrative effort, there is now a single group riding calendar which shows the combined Sunday, Saturday and Tuesday Evening group riding schedules.

If you've previously synced your personal calendar to any of the group riding calendars, please view the Club Calendar Instructions for information on syncing with the new group riding calendar.

Youth and Junior Programs  

Winter Track Racing - OBC at the Eastern Track Challenge 

Track cyclists from across Canada and the U.S. met at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre the first weekend of February for three days of very competitive racing. OBC was represented by five riders… Emmanuel Cheff and Kyle Fyfe in the U17 category, Ben Harrington and Brett Stoppa in Junior, and Isabelle Bryenton riding Cat 2 Women. 

Our riders were in tough with a top-quality field, especially the U17 and Junior men categories, with some of the best riders in North America, including riders with international and world championships experience competing. They acquitted themselves well, riding with passion and grit, and looking solid in peloton.


Kyle Fyfe, middle, awaiting the starter’s gun for the race start.

The best was saved for last on Sunday, with Ben Harrington taking a Bronze in the Junior Men’s Points Race. Ben attacked hard to win the second-last sprint for 5 points, then kept going and managed to gain a lap on a fast-moving bunch for 20 points. He finished with 25 points, with Jackson Kinniburgh of Calgary winning with 27. To put Ben’s accomplishment in perspective, Jackson is 2nd year Junior (Ben’s a first year), who represented Canada at the World Junior Track Championships last year. 

Spring/Summer Road Registration, Parent Information Night and Gear Swap



OBC Youth Program riders participating at the 2018 Preston Street Criterium.

Attention all youth riders and their parents! The approach of spring means that another OBC Youth Program spring/summer season is just around the corner.  This program, delivered by dedicated coaches and volunteers, introduces young riders (typically 5-18 years of age) to cycling (road, track and cyclocross) and develops their skills in a supportive, friendly, and fun environment. This season we'll be offering additional opportunities to ride including a variety of touring, track, and racing outings. A program description and link to registration can be found on the OBC web site’s Youth Program tab. 

Registration for the spring/summer sessions opens on March 1st. Please join us for  Parent Information Night on Monday April 8th, 2018, 7pm to 9pm, at the Tom Brown Arena Hall, 141 Bayview Road. As we have a large venue, we will also use the night as a ‘Gear Swap’ opportunity for those looking to buy or sell bikes, clothing and equipment that their kids have either outgrown or are in need of. 

Junior Racing Team

This month, an update on one of last year’s team members, Carson Miles, who in 2018 was selected to Canada’s National Junior Team for Tour of Abitibi and the World Road Cycling Championships. Carson recently signed on with Floyds Pro Cycling team to continue his pursuit of a career as a pro road cyclist. 

It takes a village to raise a competitive athlete. The support of the OBC and the broader cycling community in Ottawa has been instrumental in helping Carson grow as an athlete. The article  One thing you need to know about Carson Miles right now is an excellent description of the entrepreneurial spirit and “behind the scenes” support young athletes need these days in our sport.

Club Office Information

170b Booth Street (Downtown Ottawa at the corner of Booth and Albert)

Office Hours

Mon - 3 PM to 8 PM     
Wed - 3 PM to 8 PM
Sun - 12 Noon to 4 PM

Mailing Address

Ottawa Bicycle Club
170b Booth Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 7W1

Office Administrator

Laura Jane Johnson : E-mail

OBC Contact Information

Telephone 613-230-1064
Fax 613-230-9504

Find us On-line

Webmaster Jeffrey Furry : E-mail 

Club website
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Discussion Forum


Editor - Larry Sargent : E-mail



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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
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - 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.

Club Members

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.

How to Become a Member

Club application forms are only accepted electronically via the on-line registration site.

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;