Ride of the Damned 2019


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The Ride of the Damned raudax is a unique cycling event that celebrates its 11th Anniversary on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Born out of the desire to share interesting and challenging routes off the beaten track, the RotD has grown into a must-ride event for scores of Ottawa-Gatineau cyclists. With an emphasis on challenge and adventure, rather than competition, the RotD takes teams of 4-6 riders north of Ottawa, over rolling hills and through rural Quebec communities, covering paved and dirt roads far from traffic and the trappings of big-city life.

The Ride of the Damned is a party ride! An audacious party ride! Its a RAUDAX!

The Ride

The Ride of the Damned raudax is open to teams of 4-6 riders. This helps ensure riders are not left alone out on the rugged route. Two route options are on offer: 120k, 180k.

These are the UNCONFIRMED route files:

180k: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27673758

120k: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27637301

The Ride of the Damned will start and finish at Euro-Sports, 13 Bullman St., Ottawa. The shop has parking and two portable toilets will be on-site. A large party tent will protect us from the elements.

The two routes are minimally supported by follow cars, and NOT MARKED. Riders navigate via GPS and provided cue sheets. This is a feature of the event, not an oversight.

VeloFix will provide emergency mechanical support, but coverage will be spotty across the 180km of road covered. Riders are all expected to be self-sufficient, and to help their team-mates with issues. Food and water will be provided at the Low checkpoint, mid-way on the 180k route. Pipolinka is providing their fabulous bagels!

The crux of the 180km route is the Paughan hydroelectric Dam (the event’s namesake), close to Low, QC. This monolithic structure punctuates a series of ascending dirt roads, and provides a spectacular view of the Gatineau River. Beyond this spectacle, riders travel along beautiful lakes and farm fields before descending to Wakefield, QC, where the obligatory stop at the Pipolinka Bakery is made. Approximately 80km of this route is on dirt roads.

Food and water will be provided at the Low checkpoint, at approximately the 103km mark on the 180km route, preceded by a depanneaur at 75k. Pipolinka is providing their fabulous bagels for the Low checkpoint! The 120k route will pass through Wakefield twice, at 40 and 80k, which will provide opportunity to stop at Pipolinka and/or other bakeries/cafes/deps in town for supplies, as required.

120km riders ride the classic ‘Green Bridge Loop,’ a gem that features the Wakefield Covered bridge and the Green Bridge north of Wakefield. Approximately 30km of this route is on dirt roads. Riders will pass through Wakefield twice: at 40k and 80k. All riders return to Ottawa on their own steam along the Gatineau River, and through Old Chelsea, QC.

Registration instructions:

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. There will be no day-of registration.

A cycling license is NOT required for participation in the Ride of the Damned.

Price of entry is $70/rider for 180km and $65/rider for 120km. CCN’s transaction fee will be added.

Your entry includes your meal, but not beer.

Each rider’s meal is included in their entry; please don’t buy an extra meal ticket for yourself. If you’d like to invite guests to join everyone after the ride, you can purchase extra meal tickets ONLINE ONLY up until the close of registration for $20. The meal will be catered by Whole Foods, who did a fantastic job for us since 2015. Omnivores through vegans will be served excellent meals, as always! Local craft beer will be variable for purchase.

Start/Finish Information:

The Ride of the Damned will start and finish at Euro-Sports, 13 Bullman St., Ottawa. The shop has parking and portable toilets will be onsite. A large tent will provide cover. 


NEW START PROTOCOL – We’re adapting our start protocol to accommodate teams that will be on-course for longer than average. We are using a randonnee style start window for each route. 

Each team will proceed to the start ‘gate’ once all team-members are present and the team is ready to roll out. As each member passes through the gate, they will sign in and collect their cue sheets (one set per team).

Merchandise will be collected at the end of the ride. Beer and meal tickets will also be received upon return. 

If numerous teams are lined up to depart at the same time, 2 minute intervals will be applied. 

180km route: Roll-out between 07:30 and 08:30

120k route: Roll-out between 08:30 and 09:00

Event Merchandise

The following items will be available in limited quantities on event day. All sold items will be for pick-up at the event, unless purchaser makes alternative arrangements with us in advance.

  • Trucker hats
  • T-Shirts – SOLD OUT
  • Water Bottles
  • Posters

Fundraiser Raffle

As usual, we run a fantastic raffle for a local charity. Every dollar collected for the raffle will be donated to http://maisonlibere-elles.ca/. Each ticket is $5, and purchasers are assigned numbers, which are randomly drawn, Anyone, anywhere, can purchase tickets, and winners don’t have to be present at the drawing post-ride to qualify. If your number is drawn, you win! If prizes require shipping, the winner will be responsible for shipping costs.

The GRAND PRIZES will be:

Prologue Brittania carbon gravel frameset

  • Rhus carbon fork and seat-post
  • Size of the winner’s choice
  • Semi-custom paint. 

Hand-built Steelwool Rover all-road/gravel frameset

  • Tubing: Columbus Spirit SA, 44mm head tube
  • Dropouts: Paragon Machine Works 12mm disc, with eyelets
  • Bottom bracket: 68mm BSA threaded
  • Fork: Columbus Futura Cross with adjustable rake, painted
  • Down-tube cable routing, Di2 compatible
  • Fender friendly up to 700c x 34mm
  • 5yr race warranty.
  • Steelwool will build the size needed for the winner – (stock geometry, S – XL)
  • Winner will be able to choose from a variety of paint schemes
  • Frame geometry

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