Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club - General Information
Please read the KNBC Tour Etiquette (see below) before showing up for
your first tour. Our rides have a wide range of distances and speeds. We
suggest you choose rides that match your endurance and biking speed.
Tour and Ride Schedules
The official up-to-date schedule of KNBC's rides and tours is found in the club's calendar. It will provide you with any recent additions, cancellations, or other changes to the ride schedule. To avoid any surprises, always check it before heading out on a club ride or tour. For the convenience of members, the ride schedule is also presented in a PDF documents which is suitable for printing. However, these documents will NOT reflect the recent additions, cancellations or changes. When there is sufficient lead time, efforts will be made to announce additions, cancellations or changes to the club's ride schedule in the Bike Shorts weekly emailing. Remember, always check with the calendar.
Tours leave on time, so please arrive at least ten minutes prior to the
indicated departure time.
Tours that show KTC as a starting point refer to the Kanata Town Centre,
150 Katimavik Rd, in the parking lot near Kanata Opticians. Centrepointe
starts are from the vicinity of 101 Centrepointe Dr, which is the parking lot behind the Royal
Oak (just south of the City of Ottawa building on Centrepointe Dr).
Distances quoted are either known, or in the case of estimates, they are believed
to be within plus or minus 10%.
An asterisk next to a ride in the calendar means a remote start. For these rides, you should call
ahead and inform the tour leader that you plan to be on the ride and
leave a number where you can be reached. If you don't call ahead and the
tour is cancelled, nobody will be able to inform you. If a ride has both
standard and remote starts, the above only applies if you plan to join the
ride at the remote starting point. Club members needing a drive may call
the tour leader who may be able to arrange or help you arrange a lift.
Difficulty Levels (Speed Ratings)
|Category||Distance (increasing over season)||Speed (flat surface, no wind)||Stops||Terrain
|L1||40-65 km||18-21 km/h||frequent||mainly flat
|L2||55-80+ km||22-24 km/h||occasional||flat, rolling, hilly
|L3||70-100+ km||24-26 km/h||occasional||flat, rolling, hilly
|L4||70-100+ km||25-28 km/h||limited||flat, rolling, hilly
|L5||100+ km||30+ km/h||very limited||flat, rolling, hilly
Over the years the club has developed a culture. This page is to describe how that culture
has affected the club's tours.
- Participants in a ride are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the ride departure
time, slightly earlier if you need time to take your bike off your car. It takes time to
distribute the directions and sign in for the ride, which is necessary so the tour leader
knows who is on the tour. The tour leader will also make some introductory remarks concerning
the route and safety tips. Members will introduce themselves, and then you'll be on your way.
- Usually it will be acceptable to ride ahead of the group, but make sure that the tour
leader knows you are doing so, that you know where the next regrouping point is, and that
you go to that point and wait for the rest of the group to catch up. We take good care of
you, so the tour leader needs to be able to account for you. If you find our touring groups
ride too short and slow for you, you can always offer to lead some longer, faster tours
- Drafting is a technique whereby cyclists ride close in behind others so that they will
encounter less wind resistance. A line of cyclists using this technique is known as a pace line.
We don't normally draft on our tours and some of our riders don't like to be drafted, but
we don't prohibit drafting, either. Once in a while a couple of our more athletic and exuberant
riders form a pace line and blast off. However, if you do want to ride closer than half a
bicycle length away from riders in front of you for any reason, make sure you do so only with
their knowledge and approval.
The flip side of this is, of course, that even if cyclists behind you are not riding particularly
close, you should not suddenly apply your brakes or apply them without alerting those behind you.
- Our tour leaders do a lot of work preparing for a tour. Often our leaders actually drive
or ride the route a couple of days ahead of the tour to make sure there are no surprises. And
all those route descriptions and maps didn't appear by magic. Add to this the fact that we are
known, and want to be known, as a club with a big social component and you'll see why it's
important to work together and support each other. If you plan to leave early from lunch, or
to take another route, please let the tour leader know, or ask someone to tell them.
- If you feel that the tour route is too busy, too rough, too long or whatever, you may wish
to take a different route from the rest of the riders. However, please don't do so without the
knowledge of the tour leader. Also, be aware that during the time you are not on the route
taken by everyone else, you are not on the club tour. This means that if you told the tour
leader you were going to take such-and-such a route and meet everybody in Perth it's up to
you to get there on time on your own. If you break down, nobody will ride in the reverse
direction along such-and-such in hopes of finding you.