September Spokesperson

In this issue:

President’s Message

Hard to believe that we’re already looking at summer’s end, but it has been a fine summer (once it started), and there’s some great fall cycling coming up!  Our OBC youth have been achieving some amazing results lately – please check the youth report, or the club social media for more details!

The Summer’s end tour in the Renfrew area is sure to be a big hit with those who are currently not familiar with the terrain and quiet roads offered by that region. We’re looking forward to some photos from the group – post to our Facebook/social media, or submit to the newsletter for publication.  Or both! 

If you haven’t signed up to the OBC Facebook group– please do so. We look forward to your contributions!
There are still day tours on the go, as well as youth events, the wrap up to Time trials, plus other one-off events being organized via the day tour program.

Coming up: the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for November 4 (mark your calendars).  We’ll have a number of vacancies on the board to fill this year, including Touring, Racing Events, Communications/Marketing, Social, and possibly some Director without portfolio roles.  Let us know (  if you’re interested – we’re looking for new and diverse blood to drive the OBC into an exciting second half-century!

End of year awards night/dinner will be held in early December.  We plan to go back to a moderately priced dinner venue, with a guest speaker (TBA) and some other surprises!  More information will be forthcoming on that shortly, once the date and location are firmed up. We want to make this a can’t-miss event.

Update on club policies: the 1.1 draft policy suite has been made available to the membership for your input.  You should have received an email with a link to the folder containing the policies. Please note some of the new “policies” capture best practices that the OBC has developed over many years, including our ride guidelines.  Others are adaptations of policies more or less mandated by the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA), so if they seem slightly more legalistic that’s why.  Other governance activities are also being undertaken, including a draft strategic plan under Jim Brennan’s leadership, revisions to director “job descriptions”, and new club By-laws (to conform to OCA standards).  Our OCA membership is driving most of this, linking to our race participation, and the insurance that protects all of you on OBC rides.

Club jerseys/branding –wear those new jerseys with pride, to show your membership in Ottawa largest, oldest, and (IMHO) best bicycle club!  We especially like to see them on club rides, to look like a team. We also encourage you to wear an OBC jersey with a group of friends or when riding alone, but please remember people identify you with the Club, and associate your behavior (and sometimes the behavior of your friends) with the OBC.
Last word – we’re always happy to receive your input.  If you have suggestions, or want to get more involved, give us a call or send us an email.  And help out with club activities via ivolunteer!

Yours in safe cycling –  Scott McDougall

OBC Racing  

OBC’s Joel Katz Captures Ontario Provincial Masters’ Time Trial Crown

Long time OBC Member and frequent Thursday evening open TT participant Joel Katz captured the gold medal in the Masters “D” category at the 2019 Ontario Cycling Association’s Ontario Time Trial Championships held on Sunday August 25th in Arthur Ontario, approximately 40 min NW of Guelph in rural Wellington Co.

The race was staged by the OCA on a relatively flat 35.15 Km course with 104M of elevation.  The competitors started from the town of Arthur and raced northward until the turnaround just south of Highway 89.

Katz completed the circuit in a blistering 48:29 averaging 43.3 Km/hr - and approximately 90 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

On behalf of the entire OBC, our congratulations go out to Joel on his fabulous accomplishment!

Criterium Racing

As is the case around Ontario and Quebec, the road racing schedule in the month of August eased off a bit compared to July with fewer local events, but with a selection of quality activities in which OBC racers were able to race.

In August, the most significant development on the local road racing scene has been the revival of the bi-weekly Tuesday Night Criteriums.  In the July Spokesperson, we noted that the series was reinstated in June, a bit later than planned due to challenges in locating a suitable course.  Following the decision to leave the Gatineau Airport location, an interim 1 Km circuit was identified in a Carp-area industrial park and the races were run here for the first few weeks.  

However, we are pleased to report that as of July 30th the Criterium series has found a more suitable home on the Tunney’s Pasture campus where new a new 8-corner circuit located on the north east corner of the property adjacent to the Sir Frederick Banting Research Centre has been established.  This new course is closed to traffic and is centrally located making it a convenient and popular spot.  Organizers hope that it may well result in a criterium racing renaissance in Ottawa.  Our thanks go out to both The Cyclery and the Ride with Rendall Club for investing considerable time and effort to identifying this site and putting this series on stable footing.

At this new location, a decision has been made to run the series on consecutive weeks with a 7 pm start.  Under this schedule, the “A” Crit is being run on weeks opposite to the “B” or learning Crit.  This later start is hoped to attract more participants and make it easier to administer.  The positive results are already being seen, with a healthy level of participation from all National Capital Region clubs.  Participation by the OBC’s senior men and women, juniors, and cadet racers has been high at the new location, and we expect it to grow in 2020.
The Tuesday Night Criterium series runs until Tuesday September 3rd.  For more information, please visit

Cyclocross Racing 
With the summer of 2019 quickly coming to an end, the Cyclocross season is now just around the corner.  Cyclocross is one of the most popular activities among the OBC membership, and many club members are already preparing to race in the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series (EOCX), which gets underway on Sunday September 22nd at Upper Canada Village.

Last year, the OBC had nearly 80 registrants (men, women and youth) participate in the EOCX series, and we expect this to grow in 2019.  Also last year, OBC racers won the points classification finishing first overall in the EOCX Series team standings.

The EOCX series schedule is now posted and there are some significant changes in store for this fall.  The biggest change in the series is a return to a race staged within the City of Ottawa.  Due to issues with the use of Ottawa area parks, the EOCX left the city more than a decade ago and has run all its races outside of the city core with the exception of events run in North Gower and Carp.  However, race organizers are promising a return to the City in the hopes that a local race will provide a new challenging local course that will attract new racers due to its ease of access.  

In 2019, the series will once again showcase nine races, pausing for the Canadian National Championships which will be staged by our friends at the Peterborough, ON cycling club on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday November 2nd and 3rd.  Last year saw several OBC members race at nationals and we expect to send a complement of youth and senior racers again this year.

Also on this fall’s schedule are two other marquee events slated for Ontario. The OCA’s Ontario Provincial Cyclocross Championships will be held at Centennial Park in Etobicoke on Sunday, October 27th, and The Silver Goose Pan-American Cyclocross Championships will be held once again in Midland, Ontario over the weekend of November 9th and 10th.

More information on the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series can be found at

Gravel Racing

The fourth event in the Eastern Canada Gravel Cup series, the Walsh Wiltshire Renfrew Randonneur was held on July 27th.  77 racers lined up for the Competitive race with another 25 registering for the Sport course.  The men’s competitive winner was Trek-Hyperthread’s Derrick St. John of Gatineau and his spouse and fellow teammate Natasha Elliott took top spot for the Women.

On the Sport course, Joe McNamara was the top men’s finisher and Andrea Bacik took top spot for the women.

The 2019 Gravel Cup series will wind up on the weekend of September 7th and 8th with back-to-back races.  The 5th in the points race series will be the Wheelers Lanark Lombardy, and the last chance for racers to accumulate points in the overall gravel cup race series.  The following day, Sunday September 8th, will see the staging of a 6th non-points event, Kin Vineyards Fall Grally race starting at Kin Vineyards in Carp.

For more information on the Eastern Canada Gravel Cup Series, please visit:

OBC Racing Team

Are you a current Senior or Masters level licensed racer who participates in cycling competitions as an OBC registrant?  Are you a former racer who would like to return to competitive riding?  Or, are you an aspiring adult competitor who would like to learn to road race, time trial, track race or cyclocross within a supportive team/group environment?

If you fall into any of these categories, we invite you to register with the Club’s OBC Racing Community: OBC Racing. 

The 2019 racing season is well underway and many OBC members having already participated in various spring & summer events regionally and at the provincial level.  There is still more to come including gravel races, OBC time trials and the very popular Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series.  

Join us in building our internal OBC racing community and show off your new Club team wear in upcoming competitions.  We encourage any interested members to register with OBC Racing and become a part of this community within the Club.  

All OBC Racing participants will be registered with OBC Racing’s TeamSnap, an interactive information hub that will keep you abreast of upcoming races across all road & track cycling disciplines, training and development opportunities and keep you in touch with your fellow OBC racing enthusiasts.
To register with the OBC’s racing community and the OBC Racing TeamSnap, or if you have any questions or require additional information, please contact:

OBC Youth and Junior Programs

August was another busy month for the OBC Youth and Junior Programs.  Our regular practices have continued on Tuesdays for the Enhanced Youth Program, and Wednesdays and Saturdays for the broader Youth Program. While vacations and other summer activities took some athlete’s attention away from cycling, the level of enthusiasm and dedication in the final month of the summer program has remained high.

Post practice ice cream stop for some OBC youth, parents and coaches.

On the racing front, the team has been busy since the last update. This report will focus on three big events:

Coupe de Quebec #5 (Boucherville)

The final installment of the 5-race Q-Cup series for riders from U9 to U17, this event was held over the August long weekend.  Youth riders representing the OBC included Carter and Cooper deVeer, Robin Williams and Jazmine Lavernge.  Results highlights included:

  • Robin (U13), 5th in the individual time trial
  • Jazmine (U17), 3rd in the individual time trial and 2nd for the weekend overall
  • Carter DeVeer (U11), 1st in the criterium and 1st in the road race
  • Cooper Deveer (U11), 8th in agility and 11th in the criterium

To top the week off, Jazmine scored sufficient points through the full set of races to claim third place overall for the Coupe du Quebec series. This result is a demonstration of hard work, dedication, and consistency throughout the series and is a huge accomplishment for Jazmine!

Les Mardis Cyclists de Lachine Criteriums

Every Tuesday night in the Montreal suburb of Lachine, roads shut down for super popular and super competitive criterium bike races. There are 3 separate races on the night that are suited to different ages and abilities, from youth just learning the ropes of bike racing to the regular appearance of professional racers in the marquee race of the evening.  There is great atmosphere with lots of spectators. This year, the OBC Junior and Youth Program have been regular participants, leaving Ottawa in the early afternoon and returning late in the evening. These have been great learning experiences for our riders. One such Tuesday saw two of our female cadet racers (Jazmine Lavergne and Mallory Williams) joined two female junior racers (Laury Milette and Emilie Forget) give it their all and saw Laury take second place in the Junior women’s race.

Park art marking the start line of the iconic Les Mardis Cyclists de Lachine Criterium

Mallory Williams aggressively taking corner #3 at Lachine.

Tour de l’Avenir Makadance

The OBC and our sister club from Gatineau, Cuisses Or, joined forces to field and support three teams at this premier four day stage race in the Quebec City area. This premier event was a target event for many athletes across Canada and the United States. After partaking in a June training camp, riders from both clubs became familiar with their teammates and were ready for the rigours the race would bring.  For the event, Junior Team Coach, Shawn Clarke, was assisted by a number of parent volunteers from both the OBC and Cuisses Or as we raced teams in the Cadet Female, Cadet Male and Junior Female categories.

Impressive results rolled in each day! 

  • Stage 1 – a very wet and intense affair - saw Laury Milette take third place on the day and the Best Young Rider Jersey in the Junior women’s field; and Dan Coolican taking sixth place in the Cadet men’s race. 

Tough day in the rain for the Cadet (U17) boys peloton on stage 1.

  • Stage 2 was an individual time trial with Jazmine Lavergne the best placed OBC rider in the Cadet Women, Laury our best placed rider in the Junior Women, and Dan our best placed rider in the Cadet Men. 
  • Stage 3 was that afternoon, an uphill race that saw some big wins for the OBC team. Nicolas Girard won the Cadet Men’s race and Noemie Beaulieau won the Cadet Women’s race. After the stage. 
  • Stage 4 was another grueling road race with lots of places to smash the peleton and a big finishing kick; and again our team delivered big. Dan finished second on the day and Nicolas sixth for the Cadet Men; Noemie (Cadet) challenged the stage winner and Junior National Champion Magdeleine for the win to finish in second place overall and first in the Cadet field.
  • Stage 5 - The final stage was a brutal criterium at Laval University. In the Cadet Men’s race Nicolas finished tenth; meaning that he finished eighth on GC and Dan finished ninth!  Laury, secured second place overall in the Junior category and won the Best Young Rider Jersey! In the cadet category, Noemie finished second and Jazmine sixth!

The full complement of Tour de l’Avenir riders from OBC and Cuisses Or, including Junior (U19) Girls, Cadet (U17) Girls, and Cadet (U17) Boys.

Overall, the team and all of their support crew put on a fabulous show of strength and dedication. Well done everyone! All of our athletes should be incredibly proud of the efforts and successes of the joint venture between the two clubs!

OBC 'Build Your Own Sandwich' Fall Picnic at Watson's Mill in Manotick

Sunday, September 15th, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.ish

It's happening! We are back in Manotick to have a 'Build-Your-Own-Sandwich' event. Sunday's OBC ride will pass through Watson's Mill along it's way.

There will be the usual components for a `Make-Your-Own-Sandwich’ event, including a great selection of buns and bread, followed by lots of sandwich meat, cheese, and vegetables, ladened with a wide assortment of condiments, that you can warmly combine together by panini pressing. YES … panini pressing! Lots of hot and cold drinks will be on hand, including medium roast coffee from Equator Coffee. Treats such as potato chips and cookies along with veggie and fruit trays welcome hungry cyclists.

If you can't ride that day, you are still most welcome to drop by to join the fun and say a friendly 'hello'. We are also offering decaf coffee, as well as gluten free and meat substitute options for those with dietary concerns.

We look forward to seeing you in Manotick! Take care.
George Gonis – OBC Social Director


Changes at RLCT….A Personal Note

As mentioned by Scott in his August NL President’s message, I have decided to pass on the torch to someone new to continue the tradition that is the OBC’s annual Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour.

I cannot thank everyone who shared my journey these past 6 years enough for their support, encouragement and participation. I was blessed with amazing volunteers, predominantly great weather and few accidents relatively speaking. 

The Club is now preparing for my successor. A job posting is now on-line. If anyone is considering the Event Manager position for RLCT 2020 and has questions, please feel free to contact me at I’ll be happy to share my personal experience on the job.

Every exit is an entry somewhere else and mine happens to be in the world of Pilates and Yoga as I prepare for my certification in both these disciplines. And in my eternal quest for good news stories, I am happy to be part of a program that gives students the chance to learn and engage with the creative process on the road to future innovations. 

Oh yes, and I’ll be doing a whole lot more cycling now too!

All the best.

Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, Event Manager - Job Posting

A job posting for the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, Event Manager is posted on-line on the OBC, Tri-Rudy and OCA websites. In addition, an email has been sent to the OBC membership.

Resumes will be accepted from OBC members and non-members alike.  

Deadline: Resumes accepted up to and including Monday, 16 September 2019. 

Submission Details: Please submit your resume electronically to 

Contact Information: Please direct all questions to

Carolyn Gail Tannenbaum
Director, Rideau Lakes

Vermont 2019 Review

The unusual format of the tour this year, no fixed dates with sign-up and payment directly to the Brandon Inn rather than the OBC, which I confess left me with mixed feelings, turned out to work very well for this tour. In all, there were about 25 of us at one time or another from August 2nd to the 11th. A few found themselves a bit alone on the tail ends of the schedule, but several of us were able to attend for a few days mid-week who would not have been able to make it for either the weekend or the full Monday-Sunday inn trip that we have always organized in the past.

The Riding

I received quite a few questions from members, who either had not read my pre-tour promotion or didn't believe me, asking whether they would be able to cope with the difficult Vermont terrain. While it's true that there are some long, difficult climbs over the spine of mountain that runs from north to south the length of the state, far more of the routes were on rolling terrain that was manageable and fun for even the weakest of our riders.

Famous marble bridge, Proctor VT

I did six different rides while in Brandon, with a different group each ride, all picturesque, all fun.

On the way to Lake Hortonia

One feature of cycling in Vermont that makes it unlike any place else we ride is the number of small towns along the way, with general stores, bakeries, and restaurants. We were able to stop for lunch, more or less halfway on every ride.

The Cafe in Rochester

And don't forget the covered bridges; there are a dozen in the area.

What If You Don't Know Anyone or You're Not Very Fast?

Let's face it, for many riders, this is the number one reason they don't go. There have been tours not so many years ago when we had over a hundred riders and it wasn't hard to sort out groups for every level of ability and interest. When the numbers are smaller, as they are trending lately, finding a compatible group can be challenging. If you're a touring one rider, you're not likely to enjoy a ride with a bunch of extra-sportifs going flat out.

That's partly the reason for this recap of the 2019 tour; attracting more participants is not a guarantee, but it helps to ensure a better tour for everyone, including the new members and the easy rollers. Another reason is to reconsider the notion of what it means to be a club rider. The fact is, those extra-sportifs need rest days like everyone else and, with a little planning and compromise, they can enjoy a touring one ride. Believe me, I do it and it is no sacrifice.

As I say every year to the Advanced Skills Clinic, being a good bike rider is not particularly about going fast, but about knowing how to manoeuver a bike smoothly and safely in a group. Every cyclist can learn a lot from mixing with riders of different levels.


The inn has a swimming pool with large patio, tables and chairs, where we tended to gather after our rides before dinner.


As part of its accommodation package, the Brandon Inn offers a buffet breakfast with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, porridge, pancakes/waffles/french toast, real maple syrup, all kinds of bread, jams, coffee, and juice. Everyone thinks it's great.

Cafe Provence

The town of Brandon, astonishingly, has a successful French restaurant, the Cafe Provence, which has thrived in the town for over 20 years. It was our most popular dinner destination, but the inn will also serve quite a nice dinner if enough people ask for it. There are a few other restaurants in town and most of us had at least one meal at one of the restaurants in Middlebury, a beautiful college town 25 km north.

Mountain Biking

It's not Kingdom Trails, but there is lots of mt biking in the area, including Killington. The innkeeper is a keen mt biker and will gladly offer tips on where to go.

What Is There Besides Cycling?

When we weren't riding, there were other attractions to keep us entertained. Brandon is not a big city, but it has a grocery store, a general store, a drug store, an ice cream shop, library, book store, gift and clothing shops, and a hardware store.
Breweries, wineries, and a cidery all offer tastings; the Middlebury Tasting Trail includes seven producers of beer, wine, cider, and spirits within a few kilometers.

There are a couple of churches, a museum, a music and arts centre, and a bakery/gourmet foods store.
On Wednesday evening, we were treated to a free, live jazz concert, part of a summer-long free concert series in Brandon.

Finally, my wife and I enjoy live theatre, so we took a day off and drove down to Williamstown, MA to catch a couple of plays at their theatre festival. There was a reception after the evening show and I’m pleased to report that I am now close personal friends with Uma Thurman and Dylan Baker.

Bob Hicks, Vermont tour organizer

Club Office Information

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Ottawa Bicycle Club
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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.

2019 Board of Directors

President - Scott McDougall
Vice President - Jim Brennan
Treasurer - Ron Stoneham
Secretary - Emily Graves
Marketing & Communications - Larry Sargent
Group Rides - Nicolas Déry
Social - George Gonis
Racing Events - Vacant
Youth Program - Noel Harrington
Education - Bob Hicks
Touring Events -  Eric Burpee
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Carolyn Gail Tannenbaum
Director Without Portfolio - Jason Clark
Director Without Portfolio - Doug Corner
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;