MS Bike Tour - Ottawa to Cornwall.

Hey guys, I believe this will be the first Spartan 300 biking event. AROO!

This is one of the funnest fitness adventures I've been on aside from the spartan race. I did the 2011 RONA MS bike tour from Ottawa to Kemptville, which was around 160k-180K, raised $250 and had a blast doing it, despite having to attend the event alone. So why did I have so much fun? well besides meeting really nice people there was lots of food, entertainment, there were evening ceremonies and even a huge bonfire and the beer tent.

This year I hope to get a group together... If I had so much fun alone I can imagine how much more fun it will be with some good Spartan company. So join me on this 2 day adventure. I promise you won't regret it, I certainly didn't :)

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This year's revised route offers a well-balanced ride with a combination of hills, flats and incredible scenery as cyclists wind through Eastern Ontario and along the Long Sault Parkway, which follows the river to a relaxing lunch on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. From there, cyclists will ride along paved bike paths which follow the river to the NAV Centre into Cornwall.

The tour offers cyclists of all ages and abilities both a one and a two day option, with routes ranging between 75km and 100km per day (with an extra 20km loop on Saturday). Those opting for the 75km route on Saturday will be provided with bus transportation to the NAV Centre from the lunch spot, whereas those opting for the 75km route on Sunday will be provided with bus transportation from the NAV Centre to the short route start point. One-day cyclists will be returned to the Metcalfe Arena from Cornwall by bus on Saturday evening.

This event includes:

  • All meals (Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday and Sunday lunch, Saturday dinner)
  • Rest stops every 15-20 km
  • Experienced Tour Leaders to guide you along the route
  • Support vehicles and first aid attendants for safety
  • Professional bike repair on both days
  • Chance to participate in cycling clinics and training workshops
  • Luxury indoor accommodations or camping on Saturday night
  • Luggage transportation for all cyclists
  • Return bus transportation from Cornwall for one-day cyclists
  • Bus transportation for cyclists doing short route(s)

Event Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Start Location: Metcalfe Arena
Check-in Time: 6:30am
Start Time: 8:00am
Route Length(s): Day 1: 75km, 100km, 120km, Day 2: 75km or 100km

Early Check-in Date: August 6 - 9
Early Check-in Time: 9am - 6pm
Early Check-in Location: Ottawa Chapter, 1826 Woodward Drive

The following is the package that I registered under. So if you'd like to share accommodations with me just search for John Paez as your roommate. Or if you want to go with a different package see if you can find others that are doing the same as you.

Cyclist - 2 Day (Indoor accommodations - TRIPLE (3) or QUADRUPLE (4) occupancy) - $60.00Cyclist Registration fees cover the cost of food, accommodations and other incidentals

-Junior Suite with one queen-size bed and one double sofa bed.

- You MUST provide them with your roommates' names when registering 
- A VERY limited amount of cots with complete bedding are available on a first come, first serve basis
- Private bathroom(s)
- Telephone, cable television and high-speed internet
- Air conditioning

- Coffeemaker

 

Go here to register,http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2140&pg=entry&s_locale=en_ca hope you can join in the fun.

When registering make sure to click on the tab "join a team" and join the "Spartan 300" group.

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  • John

    FUN FUN FUN!! see you next year.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Dan, Michele and I will be there btn 6:30 and 6:45 and John figures he will arrive on the shuttle at 7:00. Don't know how many people will be there, but we will keep an eye out for the buses when they arrive. Did anyone contact Vanessa to arrange a meetup point?

    August 9, 2013

    • John

      Oh yeah, I meant to ask you guys about our new member... She's not a member of the Spartan group, so who's friend is she?

      August 9, 2013

  • Daniel P.

    See you guys at 6:30am!

    August 9, 2013

  • John

    what time did you guys want to meet there? I was going to bike to Larry Robinson Arena but that means I'd have to wake up for like 6am, at the latest, just to be there on time for the Staggered start, and I kinda want to be there for the breakfast and opening ceremonies. So I think I'll just bike it to Carleton U and take their offer for a ride to the start line. I e-mailed them to sign up, so I just have to wait for confirmation. I'm sure it will be fine.

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Did you not want me to swing by and pick you up?

      August 5, 2013

    • John

      if I don't hear back from them, I'd really appreciate it :)

      August 5, 2013

  • Marianne A.

    Just wondering if you 4 have done a lot of training yet for this. (I have done the bike tour before (about 4 yrs ago), but haven't really done much more than 25 km on my bike this year.

    July 29, 2013

    • John

      Plus it will be good bonding time for the MS Spartan 300 before the tour ;)

      July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've done a handful of 30+ training rides, but I keep reminding myself it's not a race, it's a test of endurance. We should be good.

      July 29, 2013

  • michele

    Anyone want to start training soon?

    June 19, 2013

    • Daniel P.

      I use run keeper, I find it gives good stats and features and you can select many activity types

      July 12, 2013

    • Robert

      I'll train train with you, the only thing is that I have shared custody of my kids so that mean I can train every second week

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will attempt to go for a training ride tomorrow early evening, say around 5:00ish if anyone wants to join. Not sure where I am headed yet.

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I may try to go again Tues or Wed evening.

      July 13, 2013

    • John

      Cool, I should have my bike by then. I've been looking into things. Can't wait to have my new bike.

      July 13, 2013

  • michele

    I'm also doing the night ride at city hall this sat with cycling Ottawa meetup you guys should check it out :)

    May 28, 2013

    • michele

      This bike must be in rough shape you have been fixing it for awhile :p

      May 28, 2013

    • John

      Lol actually, if I'm going to be honest, it's a mixture of laziness and being too busy. Plus i think i just want a new bike. I will have one next week for sure and we can all get together for a good bike ride :)

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Michele, I am out of town for the next two weekends, but I plan on going for a ride Friday after work.

    June 19, 2013

  • michele

    Alright I'm all signed up :) but have admit I'm nervous about it. I think training should Start soon lol

    May 27, 2013

    • michele

      I'm not very fast on my road bike yet

      May 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just offering. Something tells me we'd all be pedalling our hearts out to keep up with Daniel. :)

      1 · May 28, 2013

  • michele

    I'm thinking of signing up but have not done many rides on my new road bike. So feeling hopeful that I can do that distance lol. Would love to train with you guys if it is more central than some of the other spartan events as I have to bus from kanata

    May 11, 2013

    • John

      Hey Michele, hope you end up coming to this event, it's going to be lots of fun. I still have to fix my bike, but hopefully I'll do it soon enough for some training.

      May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Michele, I am rather new to cycling, other than for leisure so haven't joined any groups. I am more of a runner.

      May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All signed up!

    March 17, 2013

    • John

      awesome :)

      March 17, 2013

  • John

    wow Daniel, I'm super impressed with your fund raising skills. Any tips? maybe I just need to know more people :S great job man.

    March 16, 2013

    • Daniel P.

      I sent a pm to all my Facebook friends, family and coworkers. I'm thinking of doing some crafts later on to raise money too.

      March 17, 2013

    • John

      nice! I'm thinking of selling some of my stuff. I have yet to ask family and co workers, we'll see how it goes.

      March 17, 2013

  • Daniel P.

    For sure, I find 40km is a nice bike ride. It's usually 2 hours we could do a meetup somewhere and park our cars, bike to somewhere else about an hour away, grab a snack and /or drink and bike back. Once the paths clear up I'd be up for that!

    March 12, 2013

    • John

      You read my mind!

      March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just officially bumped up my training for Spring/Summer races so will definitely join in on some rides as often as I can.

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Think I'd like to join in on this too. An event I've always wanted to participate in.

    March 12, 2013

    • John

      It's a great event. I also plan on posting some meet ups to prepare for this event :) It will be fun.

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Checking the calendar. Seriously considering this. Good idea John.

    March 10, 2013

    • John

      would love to have you along for the ride :) trust me you'd love it!

      1 · March 10, 2013

  • Daniel P.

    I got approval from my wife, I'm in! :)

    March 7, 2013

    • Daniel P.

      I'm signed up!

      1 · March 7, 2013

    • John

      awesome... it's going to be so much fun, you'll see :D

      March 7, 2013

  • Daniel P.

    Would be cool to get some team jerseys too if we can get atleast 6 orders in

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Daniel P.

    Doesn't sound like a bad idea, I bike 40km a day once the snow if gone so this should be fun.

    March 7, 2013

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