February Spokesperson

In this issue:

President's Message

Hello everyone:  just a reminder that you can now sign up to join or renew your OBC membership for 2020.  Remember all the benefits that come with our membership, and tell your cycling friends! 

Becoming a Member

Looking forward to seeing you in the new season, which is only a few weeks away!

Yours in safe cycling,

Scott McDougall

OBC clothing store returns  

The OBC’s Team Store returns for the 2020 season featuring a new and wide array of custom Ottawa Bicycle Club branded kit by premier clothing supplier Castelli.

Once again the club will be offering a wide variety of custom garment offerings including:

  • Jerseys
  • Bibshorts
  • Outerwear
  • Accessories
  • Socks & headwear
  • Youth cycling wear
  • A variety of new and/or updated items

New for this year in the OBC livery is the famous Castelli Gabba short sleeve jersey.  A perfect all weather jersey for cooler days; windproof, waterproof, and breathable ( https://www.castelli-cycling.com/ca/gabba-ros/p/451950219A-710 ). 

Also new this year the Castelli Perfetto long sleeve jacket. The Perfetto is the one jacket that does everything well ( https://www.castelli-cycling.com/ca/perfetto-ros-long-sleeve/p/45195001… ). The Perfetto RoS is that ideal weight: no built-in insulation so you can layer over a light base layer for moderate conditions. Or you can add a thermal jersey underneath and take it to very cold conditions. 

Also new this year is an updated (men’s and women’s) Aero Race Jersey.  The Aero Race 5.1 garment has been replaced by the sixth revision of Castelli’s top of the line high performance jersey.  The OBC will be offering Castelli’s new Aero Race 6.0 starting in January.

The San Remo 3.0 Speedsuit has also been replaced by their updated 4.0 model incorporating the new fabrics used in the Aero Race 6.0 jersey.  The Body Paint skinsuit has also been updated for 2020 with a seamless race number window attached to the lower back as well.  

All Castelli garments will be made using high quality YKK zippers starting in 2020 as well. Check out the online Team Store for all our OBC branded offerings.

In 2020, minimum orders for most items have lowered considerably and this will make ordering accessories easier for all OBC members starting this year.

The first OBC Castelli Team Store of the year will open in January and will close February 5, 2020 at 23:59 EST. Delivery is anticipated during the week of March 23, 2020.

To access the Team Store, you will need the OBC members only password provided when registered as an OBC member.  If you do not know this password, please contact Laura in the Club Office

Once you enter the team store, you will be able to sign-up using an e-mail address and password of your choosing

The OBC’s Team Store will be accessed here

OBC Team Store

For additional information on the OBC’s custom cycling kit program please contact the Custom Kit co-ordinator

OBC Youth Program February Update

It might be winter and many OBC members are more focused on skiing, skating, or regret from holiday parties and dinners, but the OBC Youth Program is still going strong. 

Registration for the 2020 season is now open! Registration options included the following:

  • Spring Development Road
  • Summer Development Road
  • Spring and Summer Development Road
  • Racing Program (13-16 years of age, born 2004-2007)
  • Racing Program (17-18 years of age, born 2002-2003)
  • Fall Cyclocross

The process involves purchase an OBC membership, purchase an Ontario Cycling Association membership (citizen permit is usually the most appropriate option unless planning to race a great deal than a UCI license is best), and then selecting and purchasing the desired Youth Program option. Register Here!

Please keep an eye out on the OBC Discussion Group on Facebook, the website, and other social media for announcements on other upcoming key dates. As usual, we are planning a new parent's night in April.

While the coaches are busy planning for the season ahead, developing training plans, race calendars, and fun activities and events, several of our dedicated athletes are still riding! Each Saturday afternoon, Youth Program riders gather at Euro-Sports to train in a group setting on Zwift.

 OBC Youth Program riders working hard for the upcoming road season on Zwift at Euro-Sports

Coaches are always happy to see the level of dedication from our young riders, especially in the middle of winter. The sessions are a great opportunity to get together as a team, push the pedals, and maintain or build fitness. Ride on!

OBC Youth Program Coach Profile

Throughout the year, the OBC Youth Program will feature some profiles of the program’s coaches and athletes. We thought, where better to start than with the current Youth Director and lead Program coach, Noel Harrington! Take a moment to learn more about the man at the centre of our incredibly successful and fast growing OBC Youth Program.

Name: Noel Harrington

Role with the OBC Youth Program: OBC Youth Program Director and Coach

Years Cycling: 40 plus!

Years with the OBC: Five

Other Sports or Hobbies You Enjoy: Cross-country skiing, swimming, running, tennis

What motivates you to ride:

My motivation to ride has evolved over the years…..first as a way to explore my childhood neighbourhood with friends and then, in my competitive years, striving to become as fast as possible.  More recently riding has become my primary mode of transportation around Ottawa, but also as a means of fitness and recreation with family and friends.  Throughout, getting on a bike has brought a sense of freedom, opportunity, and search for adventure... just around the next corner.

Favourite moment on the bike:

In my early 20s, embarking on a solo bike tour, hostel-to-hostel, traversing the rolling hills and snow-capped mountains of Switzerland. 

Hardest moment on the bike:

While living in London, Ontario, I was out for an early season training ride and found myself far from home and caught in heavy rainfall with the temperature hovering around 5oC.  I have never been colder in my life and developed almost uncontrollable shivering for the last 10km of the ride.... thinking about what I’d give for a hot shower.  

Favourite thing about being an OBC Youth Coach:

I love being a part of a great community of coaches who work with our youth riders to develop their bike handling skills, confidence and fitness.  Seeing that translate into our youth riders challenging themselves and supporting their teammates at touring and racing events is inspiring. 

Advanced Skill Clinic

Monday, April 20 2020, 6:30pm in the Council Chamber at Ben Franklin Place

Being a better rider does not mean being a faster rider. For those of you who have already taken the group riding clinic and/or have some experience riding in groups, this advanced clinic will help you to improve the skills you already have and to develop additional skills and confidence to enjoy your cycling at a level you may not have thought possible.


This is an eight-week clinic aimed at experienced riders who want to develop the skills needed to ride safely in a group with a high level of skill and fun. The sessions will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm during April, May and June.
Sessions: Mondays from April 20th, 6:30 pm 
Organizer: Bob Hicks, e-mail , 613 862-1024   

Registration & Cost

All participants should register on-line or at the first classroom session.  There is a charge for the course of $50, which includes on-line access to all course materials and covers the cost of dinner on the last night. 

More information and registration is on the Advanced Skill Clinic page.

OBC-Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour ~ June 13 & 14, 2020  

Ottawa to Kingston, return
Perth to Kingston, return

It’s February already and RLCT registration has begun! If you are ski training, this is a good warm (HA!)-up for the spring cycling season. Come join us on one of four beautiful routes to Kingston; three return rides from Ottawa, and one from the charming town of Perth. 

View the Tour website for pricing, information, and for links to register. OBC members receive up to $55 off the registration fee (including tax) and, until March 31st, all riders can take advantage of special Early Bird pricing

If you are interested in signing up as a Tour Marshal, please tick the corresponding box while registering for the Tour. Mandatory Marshal training will take place on Wednesday, April 8th from 6 to 8pm at the Mill Street Brew Pub (Ottawa). Details to be reconfirmed upon registration. Please note Marshals must register by March 31st

If you are not cycling, please consider volunteering with the Tour. Volunteering is a great way to stay involved with your cycling club and support your fellow cyclists. If you are an experienced volunteer or rider, the RL Committee is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator - both to assist with the 2020 Tour and to help establish a solid Volunteer Recognition Program. There are many ways, big and small, to contribute to our 49th annual Tour. Some of which allow you to volunteer AND ride. Sign up via the ivolunteer website or, if you have questions, please contact rideaulakescycletour@gmail.com  

Finally, the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour Committee is excited to present our fresh new logo!  We think this bright, inviting and timeless design complements the updated OBC kit and captures the spirit of the Tour - And we hope you do too!


Third OBC Trip to Forest City Velodrome Feb 28 - Mar 1st

With two successful trips behind us, it’s time to register for the third!  Our next trip is coming up Friday, February 28th to Sunday, March 1st. Registration is open! Just send an email to Bill Bourne bill@bashd.ca

Forest City Velodrome (FCV)  is the perfect track to get introduced to track cycling as well as to develop your track riding skills. 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. 

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. 

The cost is $125 per rider for the 3 days, including track bike rental.  Hotel cost is about $120 per room per night (so $60 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.

You can see photos from previous trips at OBC-FCV-2Nov19 and OBC-FCV-25Nov18  And check out the FCV website at  http://forestcityvelodrome.ca/

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 bill@bashd.ca

Westport Tour

The Westport tour is back once again for a fourth year. This is a popular mid-week tour in May offering a variety of routes to suit participants interests and abilities. New remote starts are planned this year for participants who do not feel comfortable cycling along County Rd 42. These new routes will allow participants to discover new destinations such as Portland on the Big Rideau Lake, Athens and a choice of lock stations along the Rideau Canal. 

André Gauthier will not be hosting this year’s tour. I would like to thank him for his time and effort in creating this tour and hosting it over the past three year. I am looking for a member therefore  to host this Westport tour. Most of the planning and reservations are in place. Accomodation at the The Cove Country and meals are booked. All the routes are available online. André will be available to support with questions or concerns. 

If you are interested in hosting the Westport Tour in May, please contact either me (obc.touring.events@gmail.com) or Andre at ajgauthier19@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interested in taking on the position of host. 


Eric Burpee 
OBC Touring Events Director

Spoke N' Wheels (Brockville) Announces its spring ride

Spoke & Wheels(Brockville) announces its Spring Ride. There is one spot left from Mar 9-16 in Girona Spain. If you would rather be cycling than shoveling consider this break.
Lots of rides to be taken and unparalleled hospitality, food and of course wine. Lovely Spring temps 15-20. Pickup can be arranged in Barcelona. Cycle all you want, great hiking too.

Cycle where the pros do! Please contact John at 1-613-349-6232 or email mazjohn2004@yahoo.ca.In other news Spoke & Wheels is adding another bicycle to rent or hire this summer. Come ride in the Brockville area. Lots of options, lots of distances.


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
Google Photos
Google Discussion Forum


Editor - Richard Persaud : E-mail

Submissions: newsletter@ottawabicycleclub.ca


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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.

2020 Board of Directors

President - Scott McDougall
Vice President - Jim Brennan
Treasurer -Byron Johnson
Secretary - Emily Graves
Marketing & Communications - Richard Persaud
Youth Program - Noel Harrington
Membership and Volunteers - Michel Ferland
Education - Bob Hicks
Touring Events -  Eric Burpee
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Carolyn Gail Tannenbaum
Director Without Portfolio - David Palmer
Director Without Portfolio - Doug Corner

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;