May Spokesperson

In this issue:

First Aid Training

The OBC wants to increase the number of members who are certified in first aid. With this in mind, we are offering to pay the cost of training for Standard First Aid & CPR for all who take the course and receive certification.

Please contact the education director, Bob Hicks, if you are interested in this training.

If enough members are available to fill a class, the training providers are willing to tailor the training for cycling-specific injuries.

Need a new helmet?

For a sixth straight year, Ottawa Public Health has partnered with sports retailers across Ottawa to bring Ottawa residents a discount on helmets from 20 - 30% off regular prices.

Click on the link below for a list of the participating stores in the region. Please note that the link to cycling courses cannot be found. The link to the Highway Traffic Act describes a helmet's structure in detail. The OBC requires all members, regardless of age, to wear an approved helmet on OBC sanctioned activities.

Women's Time Trial Series Starts in May!

Come join in on the fun! We will be starting with 10km time trials Tuesday evenings for the month of May, starting on the 2nd. All women and Minime, Peewees and Cadets (under 15 years old) boys and girls are welcome. Registration takes place between 5:50-6:10pm in a small parking lot about 2.5km east of the Aviation Museum on the north side of the Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway. We will run our 10km time trials for the month of May and switch to 15km TTs with registration at the Aviation Museum parking lot from June to August. Hope to see you there! For more details:

Club Website Updated

Almost exactly 10 years to the date of the last major upgrade I performed, the OBC website is now up and running on the latest version of Drupal 8 complete with a brand new modern layout.

In addition to modern colours, fonts and icons, the site is now fully mobile responsive which means it will automatically resize to look reasonable on phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

I've double checked everything, but if you see anything broken that I missed, please let me know.  I'm also looking for additional club photos to add colour to the site, so if you have any recent, high quality photos, please share.

Jeffrey Furry - OBC webmaster

Annual OBC New Members' Night and Garage Sale

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess on 78 Lisgar

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Just a quick reminder of the OBC Social Wednesday, May 17th! Let's hope you can come to this OBC event. All are welcome, especially new OBC members, returning members, and non-members as well. OBC directors look forward to chatting with you. For those of you that just like to browse, come on down. If you wish to unload your cycling and/or sports related stuff, please feel free to grab a space at a table and sell, sell, sell! I know Kijiji and other web-based merchandize opportunities have cut down on the number of tables at the event, so we are bringing in OBC cycling stock as well. It's also a great time to find cycling friends for, and ask questions about, the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour!


The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) at 78 Lisgar, just across the street from the south entrance to Ottawa City Hall. Look for the anchor on the lawn. Get there early for free parking on the east side of the building. There is a cash bar.

We look forward to seeing you!

George Gonis - OBC Social Director

OBC Social ‘Spring Thing' Picnic

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at Watson's Mill Historic Park in Manotick

Built into the Sunday ride route

Start building your own sandwich anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ish





The OBC 'Spring Thing'! is the invention of André Gauthier, (OBC Vice-Presidenté), with the intent of giving those cyclists getting ready for the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour another reason to get out there and train. Please cruise by to take part in the 'Build-Your-Own-Sandwich' event complete with Panini presses to heat up your creation. This is the forth year that we have had this event and over 140 OBC members managed to make it out each year!

There is a great selection of sandwich products, snacks, and various drinks. We have assorted kinds of breads, assorted gluten free and vegan products, vegetables, packages of sliced cheese, tuna, fresh lettuce, hot peppers, pickles, hummus, falafel, dozens of packets of assorted sandwich meats, bags and bags of potato chips, cheesies, pepperoni sticks, cartons of cookies, apples and bananas (to balance things off), a wide selection of pop, and great coffee and tea from Equator Coffee (at 414 Churchill in Westboro). Please email us if you think of something you would like that we didn't list. We will do our darndest to get it for you.

Cyclists on the Sunday ride come right to Watson's Mill in Manotick, and other small groups of OBC members that just can't make it for the start are most welcome as well. If you are jammed for time, drive out and say hello.

The staff at Watson's Mill Historic Park last year were incredibly accommodating and they even sent people to help us set up. As well, they checked in at various times to see if all was well, and it was

Location of Watson's Mill on Google Maps

We hope to see you in Manotick for the 'Spring Thing' this year! Take care.

George Gonis OBC Social Director

I was part of NAV Can's Earth Day Celebrations , representing the OBC on Tuesday, April 18 at their downtown head office, and on Thursday, April 20th at their facility at the Ottawa International Airport. I was a ‘booth boy', attending my table of bikes, bike tools, and OBC pamphlets. The overall themes were Eco Friendliness and Sustainability. My slant on things was to help commuters, and those thinking about commuting, become aware of the advantages of different types of bicycles. As it seems, this was a logical assumption on my part, but more often topics like tire pressure, a good fitting bike, and proper cycling clothing came up. This all tied into the premise that if something is easy to do, you are more likely to repeat and sustain it. So, riding to work did come up. ‘Build it and they will come' is happening. The exhibitors were given a tour of the airport commuting facilities. Nav Can offers indoor secure bike storage, along with change rooms and showers. What more could you ask for? And, many employees of NAV Can were interested in becoming members of the OBC. That also was encouraging. All in all the event was a success.

Below is the email we received from Tracy Sanmiya of NAV Can. It was quite a varied assortment of Eco Friendliness and Sustainability. Thanks Tracy for the invitation and the wonderful time I had talking about cycling with eager NAV Can employees.

George Gonis OBC Social Director

Thank you! Thank you for joining us for our 2017 Earth Day celebrations! We look forward to working together to spread the word about environmentalism and moving towards a sustainable future. As Canada's air navigation services provider, NAV CANADA is working to improve processes and technologies to reduce emissions.

Most recently, NAV CANADA has introduced the all new Grassroots Initiatives Sustainability Funding, a way for employees to apply for funding to cover the costs of environmental projects on company property or in their communities benefiting everyone involved.

Now, with your help, these Earth Day celebrations can motivate our employees even more. Perhaps these celebrations will inspire employees to improve something at work or in their community. Our goal is to build environmental awareness and inspire and motivate our team to make even the smallest of changes. Thank you for taking the time to help us make a difference!


RLCT Update

It is cycling season!!! Every cyclist seems to be smiling. The long sleeves, leg warmers and arm warmers are finally being peeled off and the kilometers are rolling by.

Your RLCT team has been busy busy busy! Phone calls to townships confirming construction schedules, meetings with police officers in both Ottawa and Kingston, and confirming first aid is all occurring. In the next few weeks, we will be out driving the course and checking the roads in preparation for the ride. If you see anything we should know about, please email us at:

A road trip to Kingston was in order to sort out this year's finish area. New this year, luggage for both Ottawa and Perth cyclists will be found in Victoria Hall. When you walk into the main entrance, it will be at the top of the stairs in the large open foyer. Registration will be in the same place as last year in front of Gord Brockington Hall. Yoga and massage therapy rooms are booked in Leonard Hall. And the beer, water and BBQ food for the post ride party has been ordered. It's a large order for 2000 hungry and thirsty cyclists!

In other exciting news, RLCT has a new website that has been updated with all the information you need to know about the ride, the routes, and safety. Check it out at

A few things have changed for this year regarding luggage drop-off, rider check-in/out and parking at Algonquin, all to support riders, volunteers and event site hosts. Please check the website regularly and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date so that you can show up and have the best ride yet!

See you on the roads!

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 

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Editor - Lynn Sones : 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.

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;