August Spokesperson

In this issue:

Ottawa Bicycle Club Salutes Three Junior Racing Team Alumni on their Selection to the 2021 Canadian Olympic Cycling Team

The Ottawa Bicycle Club would like to recognize and congratulate six cyclists from Eastern Ontario and West Quebec who have been selected to represent Canada at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad next year, particularly the three graduates of the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s youth & junior programs for having been selected to join Canada’s Olympic Cycling Team.
The three OBC Youth and Junior program alumnus selected for the 2021 Olympic Games are Osgoode’s Derek Gee (Team Pursuit & Madison), Cumberland’s Vincent De Haître (Team Pursuit), and Gatineau’s Ariane Bonhomme who will compete in the women’s Team Pursuit.  They will join Kingston’s Annie Foreman-Mackey (women’s Team Pursuit) and two well-known local professional racers, Gatineau’s Karol-Ann Canuel (Road Race, Time Trial) and Ottawa’s Michael Woods (Road Race) in Tokyo next summer.

Scott McDougall, President of the Ottawa Bicycle Club said:

The Ottawa Bicycle Club is incredibly proud of these outstanding athletes. Through their hard work and determination our three OBC Youth & Junior program alumni, competing at the highest level of our sport, will represent us proudly at the Olympic Games next summer. Vincent, Derek and Ariane continue to be role models and inspire current OBC Youth members. We look forward to cheering them on as they represent the City of Ottawa and Canada on the ultimate international athletic stage. We wish them the very best of luck as they prepare to compete in Japan in 2021

Retired OBC’s Junior Racing team Head Coach and the former coach of all three OBC athletes, Don Moxley had this to say about their accomplishments:

Having had the opportunity to work with these three individuals during their early years and witness their subsequent accomplishments has been extremely rewarding for me. The OBC’s youth and junior program has been able to support and reward this kind of athletic excellence for nearly four decades with the help and dedication of Club members and volunteers. While I am proud to have played a small part in helping Derek, Vincent and Ariane become the skilled athletes they are today, I am equally proud that all three have become such great people and tremendous ambassadors for our sport here in the National Capital Region and across Canada.

We look forward to cheering on our alumni in Japan in 2021. 

Thursday Open Timetrial Series

Key details you need to know before registering:

The OBC is happy to announce the return of the Thursday Open Timetrial Series. The course (Sir George Étienne Cartier parkway from the Aviation Museum) and the challenge will remain the same, but like everything else these days, there will be some changes. All 2020 OBC members are welcome to come race against the clock over the 15 km course. The timetrials will take place every Thursday starting at 6:00 pm. In accordance with public health guidelines and the Ontario Cycling Association, riders will be assigned and notified of their specific start times following online registration. 

How do you register? It’s simple:

1) Registration will be online, with a limit of 30 riders. No on-site registration will be possible. Registration is open to OBC members only, per Ontario Cycling Association rules and will close on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. (FIRM). The registration link can be found on the OBC’s calendar for the Thursday Open Timetrial Series. 
2) Click on this link to electronically complete and sign the COVID-19 waiver form (download and forward the completed form to

3) We will email you your start time on Thursday morning - you are encouraged to show up at the start line for your given start time, ride hard and keep your distance. We discourage gathering before/after your ride and ask that you practice physical distancing at all times.
4) New riders are welcome - Mark Manners and Peter Tregunno will be in the Aviation Museum parking lot around 5:30 on Thursday evening to answer questions (from behind a mask).
5) We are going to have to have a standing start - no holder. The "watch" starts at 6:00pm (using the time of day from a cell phone is pretty accurate and consistent).

The continued success of our TT series is truly in your hands this year - we've put a series of measures in place to make it happen (through guidance from the Ontario Cycling Association). We hope (and expect) that we can show that a TT is a safe activity during this pandemic.
Hoping to see 30 people out on Thursday!

Re-launch of the Women’s Time Trials (WTT)

Key details you need to know before registering:

Who: OBC women members. This event is open to all 2020 female OBC members, including new members who are looking to improve their cycling skills. It is not necessarily a race against others; you only need to race against yourself and the clock.

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (and every Tuesday thereafter, likely ‘til September, TBC), starting at 6:30 pm (riders will be assigned and notified of their specific start times following online registration)

Where: Meet in the Aviation Museum parking lot (intersection of Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways). Race distance will be approximately 9k NEW

How to register (advance registration latest by Monday noon):

1-the link to register will be in the club calendar


2-Click on this link to electronically complete and sign the COVID-19 waiver form (download and forward the completed for to

We will provide you with a confirmation email and the event guidelines (also shown below). 

Note that registration is capped at three waves of 10 (maximum 30 participants).

Once registered:

What to bring: your bike (any type of bike you have as long as it is safe and fun to ride), and your helmet. Fancy race gear is not required.

Please show up at the start line a few minutes prior to your start time, and respect physical distancing (two bike lengths between riders, off to the side of the road, please).

For new riders – A small team of WTT volunteers will be in the parking lot of the Aviation Museum starting around 5:30 to answer questions (behind masks, of course - we ask that you wear one too when not riding).

How will it work?

  • There will be 3 waves of 10 riders with a 10 minute break between each wave.
  • There will be 30 seconds between each rider within a wave.
  • There will be no holder, but there will be a starter counting down. Start with a foot on the ground or do a track stand.
  • The turnaround will not be manned. There will be a sign before the turn, and a cone at the turn around point. Remember, the turn is your responsibility. Don't become a hood ornament!
  • Please call out your name and number at the finish. We will not be handing out stickers this year.
  • Seeding is (generally) fastest first to reduce passing (for those who've done a TT in the past, that's why you got a strange number!!).
  • No drafting!
  • Be respectful to other riders who are out on the parkway. Give space when passing!
  • Be aware of your surroundings: cars, people, animals, cracks in the road. Safety first!

This is our first crack at running a WTT under the Ontario Cycling Association's COVID guidelines. If you have any feedback, please drop us an email via .

Lastly, please respect gathering limits and distancing guidelines; let's keep the pre and post gathering to a minimum and help avoid a reputational risk for the club.

What you should get from this: enhancing your cycling skills, meeting new people, and having fun!
See you Tuesday.

Thank you for your support and participation!
Your WTT volunteers

Financial Update

As a result of the cancellation of the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour and the reduction of other revenue sources, the Club's budget for fiscal year 2019-20 has had to be revised and will now show a significant deficit that will be covered from the Club's reserve.    A revised budget and explanation of the changes is available on the Members Area of the website.

Byron Johnson, OBC Treasurer


As part of the agreed upon action items at its June 23 meeting, volunteer members are currently reviewing, and will propose options to refresh the OBC poster that will be disseminated in the month of August. In addition, in line with one of the OBC's advocacy focus to educate cyclists with their responsibility to help ensure their safety, a useful and practical presentation on Traffic Safety was made by Bob Hicks, Director of Education on Wednesday, July 15. If you know of a group of cyclists who might be interested in seeing this presentation, please make arrangements with the OBC Secretary, who is also coordinating the zoom presentations. 

OBC Zoom series

We have now hosted three inspiring and educational virtual presentations: Sri Lanka from Tip to Tail (Bill Bourne), The Seven Wonders of Lanark County (Susan Roe), Traffic Safety (Bob Hicks). On July 29, we are proud to present Biking to the UCI World Championships by Les Humphreys. On August 19, Mark Manners will present his July 2020 Grand Bike Adventure: Bike Packing from Ottawa to Timmins. The OBC zoom series is also a social event; BYOB. If you wish to make a presentation, or know of someone we can invite to our zoom series, please contact the OBC Secretary.

Commemorating the OBC’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2021

The original Ottawa Bicycle Club (OBC) was founded in August of 1882, however its activities were lapsed sometime prior to the Second World War.  Following this pause in operations, the Club was reconstituted in the early 1970s, operating continuously ever since that time.  

Next year, on April 17th 2021, the modern edition of the Ottawa Bicycle Club will turn 50 years old and the Club is planning on recognizing this anniversary throughout next year.
By any measure, a golden anniversary is a major milestone and accomplishment for any athletic club.  Because of this, the Board of Directors of the OBC recently struck a special Anniversary Committee and has mandated this group to develop and integrate a golden anniversary theme into all the OBC’s programs and activities next season.  During the balance of 2020, this committee will also plan for the roll out of some special events and activities as a part of this year-long celebration.

If you would like to contribute any thoughts or suggest any special ideas that will better assist the Club in marking this major milestone, we invite you to please share your thoughts and ideas with the Committee via the OBC’s Vice-President, Jim Brennan, at

OBC Spring 2020 Cycling Kit Order Update

The Club’s custom kit supplier, MV Canada, has recently informed us that there will be an additional delay in receiving the balance of our 2020 orders this year.  For Canadian orders, Castelli employs a Latin American production facility based in El Salvador to produce our custom OBC garments.  Like most of Latin America, El Salvador has been particularly hard-hit by the COVID 19 virus, and their national government has stopped the operation of most public transportation, which is impeding the ability of staff to regularly go to work.  As a result, all production deadlines have been pushed back.  We expect that delivery of our 2020 orders will therefore be delayed until late August 2020.

If you have any questions about the OBC’s kit orders or the Club’s team store, please contact the OBC’s kit order coordinator, Steve Cornick via e-mail

OBC’s Team Store to re-open between August 2 and August 9th

The OBC’s custom kit team store will open for one last time during the 2020 season starting on Sunday August 2nd through Sunday August 9th at 11:59 pm ET.  In this final order for the 2020 season, the OBC will be offering a selection of cool weather cycling gear in men’s and women’s styles.

This fall, we will be offering a selection of long sleeve jerseys, bib tights, outerwear, wind and waterproof jerseys, accessories for your head hands and feet.  This year, for the first time, we are also offering Castelli’s new stock jerseys and bibs for use on your indoor trainer, the Insider jersey and bib shorts – in a cool mesh fabric to keep you comfortable when riding your indoor trainer during the indoor winter training season.

We would also like to announce that, starting next season, the OBC’s standard club-cut jersey – the Podio – will be retired and replaced with a new and improved model, the Competizione , at no additional cost to the members.  This jersey will have a similar cut to the Podio but will feature some improvements to the fabric and the design.

The OBC’s custom kit store can be accessed in our Team Store

Youth Program Update

Youth Development Program Begins

On July 5th, a smaller Youth Development Program began the 2020 season with a variety of COVID-19 safety measures in place. As we are required to operate in small groups and start from unique locations, one never has a sense of the full size of the program. It turns out we have over 40 youth riders split amongst six training groups that start from different parts of the Central Experimental Farm every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning through till the end of August.  In spite of the challenges, our youth athletes are developing bike handling skills, developing fitness, building friendships and having fun.

OBC Coaches, Philippe Berthelot and Chris Fenn with six ‘Learn-to-train’ athletes (ages 9-12) at the Central Experimental Farm. 


Youth Racing Program

Our youth cyclists who are keen about racing had their first chance to officially do so  in Gatineau on July 22nd with an individual time-trial for athletes between 11-16 years of age hosted by the Club Cycliste les Cuisses Or de l’Outaouais.  From a total field of 40 competitors present on a rare rainy summer’s evening, the OBC was well represented with 13 athletes, 7 of whom finished on the podium.  Everyone gave his or her best effort and plan to learn from the experience in order to improve the next time out on August 12th.


U17 athlete, Henrique Martins, on his way to winning his category at the first youth race event in the region for 2020, an 8km individual time-trial. 

While the OBC’s younger racers have been able to test themselves, Coach Alan and has been very busy training and challenging the U19 cohort. 2020 has certainly been the year where adability has been tested. In this case it provided for a bit of levity. A group of the older racers had intended to go out and complete an imperial century (160km); but the day had other ideas. Early into the ride, the team experienced a peculiar flat; a screw had embedded itself not only into the rubber and tube but directly into the rim as well. After fixing this flat as best as possible, not 10 minutes down the road another tire went flat… and then another… before long the crew had six flats. 

Even though the group only managed to cover 95km in the end, with the help of an ice cream stop, the ride ended up being a fun and somewhat ridiculous experience for all involved. Definitely a story that will be retold for a long time to come... And hopefully the only time any OBC club ride ever experiences six flats on a ride. 

The OBC U19 squad preparing to roll out for an adventure.

Prologue Partnership - A Coach’s Review

It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I started my first season coaching a road racing team not actually being in possession of a road bike. I lost my road bike last year when I was hit by a car riding in the West end and since have been relying on my Tri bike.

It seemed only natural that since Prologue and Euro-Sports are supporting our racing athletes this year, I should make sure the bikes are up to the challenge! I picked up the redesigned Prologue Ciociaro aero road racing frame and built it up with a Di2 group set I’d had already. Suffice it to say, it’s a great bike. It’s incredibly light and stiff in all the right places. What I like most is the cable-routing. Because of routing through the handlebars into the headset, there’s basically no exterior cabling. It’s a clean bike and Mike does amazing work with an airbrush.

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

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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;