The Ride of the Damned is a unique cycling event that will celebrate its seventh edition on Sunday, June 14, 2015. The event begins and ends at Euro-Sports, 250 City Centre, Ottawa.
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’s Raudax format 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 crux of the 155km 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 monolithic structure, riders travel along beautiful lakes and farm fields before descending to Wakefield, QC, where the obligatory stop at the Pipolinka Bakery is made. Approximately 60km of this route is on dirt roads.
100km riders ride the classic ‘Cascades Loop,’ a gem that features the Wakefield Covered bridge. Approximately 10km of this route is on dirt roads. All riders return to Ottawa on their own steam along the Gatineau River, and through Old Chelsea, QC.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, AND CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10.
155km route: $45/rider ($48.64 total with processing fee)
100km route: $40/rider ($43.29 total with processing fee)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
REMEMBER, REGISTRATION INCLUDES YOUR MEAL TICKET
A cycling license is NOT required for participation in the Ride of the Damned. All riders must sign the waiver provided and wear a helmet.
The Raudax Format
The Ride of the Damned is open to teams of 4-6 riders. This helps ensure riders are not left alone on the rugged route. We will not compose teams for riders. Individuals are encouraged to use our FaceBook page to coordinate teams.
The two routes (see below) 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.
Mobivelo will provide emergency mechanical support, but coverage will be spotty across the 155km 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 155k route. 100k riders will be able to restock supplies in Wakefield (Pipolinka Bakery is the usual stop).
Après ride meal
Registered riders receive a ticket with their entry for the après ride meal. We are excited to partner with Whole Foods Landsdowne to provide a fantastic meal for our riders and their guests. Tickets for guests need to be purchased in advance here, to ensure WF has the right quantities prepared. Cost is $17 flat per ticket. Ticket sales (online only) close at 8 P.M. Friday, June 12. Vegan and omnivore options will be served, naturally. This year, we are happy to say BEER will also be available at the meal.
Trips for Kids Fundraiser Raffle
We will hold a raffle to raise funds for Trips for Kids Ottawa. The grand prize is a custom painted, Tekne CC themed, Prologue all-road frame-set! Other prizes will be added below as they are confirmed. Raffle tickets can be purchased here for $5 flat, and on site (cash only). Online ticket sales close Wednesday, June 10, midnight.
Raffle prize list
– Prologue Aspdin Frameset – Tange Prestige tubing, 57mm caliper brake fitting, clearance for 700×30 tires, Tekne Cycle Club theme paint.
– Kunstadt Sports $100 gift certificate
– Mad Alchemy prize pack
– Absolute Black 38t narrow-wide chainrings
Event-day info for registered riders
The Ride of the Damned will start and finish at Euro-Sports, 250 City Centre, Ottawa. The shop has free parking (for riders, with event permit on dash) and a bathroom. It should be a great place to begin and end the ride!
155km route riders, please ensure you arrive to Euro-Sports between 07:30 and 08:00 to sign in and receive your cue sheets. Departure for the official start location will be at 08:30, and teams will leave one at a time at 1 minute intervals. Here is the route.
100km route riders, please ensure you arrive to Euro-Sports between 08:00 and 08:30 to sign in and receive your cue sheets. Departure for the 100k is at 09:00. Here is the route