November Spokesperson

In this issue:

OBC's AGM 2017 - Monday, November 13th 7pm

Come one, come all to OBC's AGM 2017!

Location will be the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave West).

Date is Monday, November 13th.  Doors open at 6:30pm, with the AGM starting at 7pm.  

We will be offering light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 OBC Touring Program Season Recap

The 2017 OBC Touring Program is soon coming to an end, and it is time for a few reflections on the past season and a look to next year.

This was my first season as the OBC Touring Program Director. I kind of stumbled into the role, as I was initially a director without portfolio, but André Gauthier asked me to help with the Touring Program, as he was wearing that hat as well as being the club vice-president.

Running the touring program was made easier as André had done an excellent job digitizing the maps, and setting up a calendar on the website. He helped me get oriented this year.

The initial weather was on and off early in the season, and some rides as well as group riding clinics had to be cancelled. The weather got better during the summer, keeping cancellations to a minimum, but it was still difficult, as the forecasts were very variable. I had to check three websites before making a call to cancel a ride, and tried to hold off deciding as late as possible. Hopefully next year’s weather will be more predictable!

I really appreciated the great work of our ride leaders, and GRC instructors. They are the ones that make it possible to run the Touring Program.

I received a lot of feedback from riders and ride leaders to make improvement to routes. The construction around town and increase in traffic make this feedback very critical to help us maintain the maps and keep the routes safe. We will be reviewing the maps this fall in preparation for the next season thanks to this feedback.

As we are preparing for next season this fall, I would appreciate your feedback regarding new rides, modifications to current routes, and ideas for improvements. Some ideas floated around are more family friendly rides, and more ride options during the week.

I look forward to your feedback and the next cycling season.

Nicolas Déry, OBC Touring Program Director

Bushtukah Fall VIP Savings Event

Bushtukah (a Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour sponsor) would like to invite you and the members of the OBC to join us for our annual Fall VIP Savings Event on Sunday November 5th.

This will be an ALL DAY event at BOTH Bushtukah locations.

Bushtukah Fall VIP Savings Event

Sunday November 5th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at Bushtukah 203 Richmond Rd and Bushtukah 5607 Hazeldean Rd.

Fall VIP Savings Event Discounts

25% Off all regularly priced clothing and footwear*

20% Off all regularly priced gear and accessories*

Excluding bikes, electronics, and smart trainers

*These discounts will only be available on in-stock merchandise. Coupons, additional offers or discounts will not be valid during this event.

*Select brand exclusions apply, see in store for details.

Thank you for your past business! We look forward to serving your active needs this season!

RLCT 2018

We are open for business and looking to fill two important positions.


  • Algonquin Coordinator, RLCT Committee Member
  • Queen’s Coordinator, RLCT Committee Member

Purpose of the Position

  • To organize the start and finish areas for the 2018 RLCT. 


  • One position is in Ottawa (Algonquin College), the other is in Kingston (Queen’s University) on the weekend of June 9-10, 2018.
  • Monthly Committee meetings are held at the OBC Office on Booth Street.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • You (or if you + a friend would like to co-coordinate) will lead a team of volunteers and ensure all cyclists are registered, given bibs, provided accommodation and directions. 
  • Problem solving on the fly when issues arise is a must; as is smiling even if the weather is not cooperating.


  • Enjoy organizing logistics, being a team player and working with people.

Commitment Expected

  • Meetings are monthly from November 2017 to June 2018, lasting 60 to 90 minutes
  • Being onsite the duration of the Tour weekend


  • Both roles (Algonquin Coordinator and Queen’s Coordinator) have been ongoing for many years and there are documented procedures to assist you along with the help of experienced and friendly Committee members.

Sound interesting?  Piqued your curiosity? Bring your questions/comments to the OBC AGM on November 13 where we’ll be happy to provide answers and more insight into these positions.

You may also contact me at RLCT Event Manager.

Susanne Reid

RLCT Event Manager

OK Cycle Tours

OK Cycle & Adventure Tours is having a presentation evening in conjunction with the Slovenian Embassy on November 21 at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 120 Metcalfe corner Laurier in room B125.

Presentation begins at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please rsvp Space is limited.

Presentation will be about cycling and hiking opportunities in a country that was once part of Yugoslavia and is bordered on the west with Italy, Austria and Hungary to the north, Croatia to the east and the Adriatic Sea to the south.

Many opportunities available to cycle in or through the country.

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
Post Office Box 4298 Station E
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B3

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
Discussion Forum


Editor - Lynn Sones : E-mail



Member Services

Club Clothing Boutique

Bike Shop Discounts

Club Calendar  

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.

2017 Board of Directors

President - Jenny Moore
Vice President - André Gauthier
Treasurer - Ron Stoneham
Secretary - Jason Clark
Marketing & Communications - Lynn Sones
Touring - Nicolas Déry
Social - George Gonis
Racing Events - Peter Tregunno
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Guy Warwick
Youth Program - Greg Douglas
Education - Bob Hicks
Touring Events - Scott McDougall
Director Without Portfolio - Malcolm Townsend

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;