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Ottawa-area riders - the 'cross season begins this weekend..(8 posts)

Ottawa-area riders - the 'cross season begins this weekend..SS_MB-7
Sep 16, 2003 6:36 AM
The 2003 OBC Cyclocross season officially starts this weekend (Sunday, Sept 21) with Race #1 in Brockville. A complete season schedule is here.

Not sure how the upcoming hurricane is going to play into things though.

See ya there!

Here's a pic from last year's Brockvill race:

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: Ottawa-area riders - the 'cross season begins this weekend..arctic hawk
Sep 16, 2003 8:55 AM
Thanks for the info. I am in Montreal & hope to make my way down there to watch or perhaps participate, will definitely bring the bike along, just in case. Is there a novice / beginners section? Any info will be helpful.
If I do participate, it will be my very first CX race, or bike race ever. Look for a slow moving blue Trek XO1, should I be there!

Arctic Hawk
Keep on eye on the weather and OBC website...SS_MB-7
Sep 16, 2003 9:30 AM
With the hurricane heading-up our way for the weekend, please keep an eye on the OBC Cyclocross website for race information. Unfortunately, if it is cancelled, it will likely be at the last minute. Brockville is only 1 hr from Ottawa, so it isn't too bad of a drive.

Typical OBC 'cross races are lumped by age groups, i.e., Senior Men, Vet A, etc. As a beginner, you are thrown into your age group. This race might be different. Best to contact the organizer.

Last year was my first year racing 'cross so the first race was a real eye-opener. There is a steep learning curve, but stick with it, it's a blast!

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: Ottawa-area riders - the 'cross season begins this weekend..swimbikerunjump
Sep 16, 2003 12:05 PM
How about disc wheels for this one :-) Should get around the course in no time!!!
I dont like the rules regarding club membership for this series. I would like to run both Ontario series but why do we have to belong to a local (not for me) club??
Rode the Gats on the weekend in that area - Wow - beautiful!
It's all about insurance, but...SS_MB-7
Sep 16, 2003 3:15 PM
If you have an OCA license, you are OK. I have an Expert OCA license (Master Expert 30-39 MTB and Master A for road/cross). I don't belong to a local club (OBC, etc.) either and it isn't a problem.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Bob Woods or Ian Austen.

Yes, the Gats are great! I was there on Sunday for a MTB ride.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
also OCA Citizen's license works. Yo! MTBing trail #1...Spunout
Sep 17, 2003 9:06 AM
my first experience in a long time, I ride and race road only. My friend (of TransAlp experience) on his FS XC bike takes me from Chelsea to the Firestation, I'm on a no-suspension Kona kiluea MTB. Wild Ride! Hint: You'll have no saddle sores if you haven't skin on your a$$!

I'll ride cross at Britannia, hope for the weather this weekend I'll do the crit in Brockville only. See you there!

Who's your friend?...SS_MB-7
Sep 17, 2003 9:21 AM
Hey Michael,

Just curious, who is your friend? I likely know him. Not many do the TransAlp.

To be honest, Trail #1 is boring. Granted, you are strictly a roadie, so it is a lot different than the roads. But, for some real fun, you've got to try the XC course at Fortune. Unfortunately, it's a fraction of the trail it used to be thanks to those in charge of trail maintenance. They've done some good work on some badly erroded/wet areas, but other areas are just ridiculous.....loads of gravel everywhere. It's a shame because the Fortune course was once regarded as one of the toughest XC courses.

Well, I'll be at the Britania 'cross races too.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Technical courses for this MTBeginner? No way!...Spunout
Sep 17, 2003 10:12 AM
Ya, I was told that #1 was easy. But, put a roadie on it and it turns in to a fast hammerfest. I'll need a bit more study to hit the technical aspects of other courses. No suspension limits me too, although not as much as I thought(more air, less bumps!).

TransAlp friend: N1ck W1nf1eld out of Chelsea. Rides with some boys out there, serious semi-pros. I'd rather be camp cook than their trail fodder :-p