|MTB Chicks Ride at Kingdom Trails, Vermont|
The MTB Chicks is a fun and informal mountain biking group for women of all ages and skill levels. The MTBchicks is a subgroup of OMBA, so it is included in your membership. It is a great way for women to improve their riding and confidence in a supportive atmosphere. Whether you are after some female buddies to ride with, want to get more confident on the bike, explore new areas, or just want to have fun riding, come along to one of our many activities.
- Bi-weekly mountain bike rides at Camp Fortune
- Regular mountain bike rides around the Ottawa area (approximately every 2-3 weeks, mostly on the weekend)
- Social outings
If you have any questions you can send them to:
mtbchicks ‘at’ ottawamba.org
(no email link = no spam)
Make sure to join our Facebook group too!
Ride and Event Schedule
Meet for all rides 15 minutes before the start time so we are ready to start rolling on time.
Bi-weekly women’s ride
Thursday nights, starting May 17, Camp Fortune
(Location: Meet at 6:30 to ride for 6:45 from the main Camp Fortune parking lot in front of the first aid shack)
If you are an intermediate or aspiring intermediate rider looking to up your game and take on some rocks and roots, this is the ride for you! You must have a Camp Fortune ride pass to participate in this ride. We’ll split into groups based on number of ride leaders and attendance.
Monthly Rides – WOMEN ONLY
These are just the formally organised events/rides for the season. Many women use the Ottawa MTB chicks facebook page to plan informal rides, so we encourage you to join to make the most of the riding season!
Wednesday May 2, 7:30 p.m.: Pub Night Social
(Location: Hooley’s Pub, 292 Elgin St.)
This will be a great opportunity to meet other ladies that ride. It is also the perfect time to purchase your OMBA membership.
Sunday May 6: Limerick Forest
(Meet at 10:15 at the Pit to start riding at 10:30 am)
These trails dry out first in the Ottawa area, so it is always worth the drive early in the season to bike on the singletrack. Beginner singletrack–flowy, sandy, with some climbing. We’ll be breaking up into groups based on skill level and pace. Carpooling will be arranged via email/Facebook. This ride will be followed by a tailgate party in the parking lot. Bring something throw on the BBQ and snacks to share!
Saturday May 26, 10:30 a.m.: South March Highlands
(Location: Meet at the main trailhead at Second line and Klondike Rd.)
This will be a ride for intermediate to advanced riders who want to ride at a steady pace and get out onto the most technical trails Kanata has to offer. One group will be doing a full loop including PWT, Outback and Ridgetop, and the other group will do PWT, Dogsled, and whatever inner trails the group decides on. Depending on numbers, multiple groups can be arranged.
Thursday June 14, 6:45 p.m.: Greenbelt beginner ride
(Location: P5 on Hazeldean Rd.)
If you’re slow, terrified, and possibly have never been on a mountain bike before–this is the ride for you :)! This ride will begin with a quick 30 minute clinic, going over basics like bike set up, ready position etc. Afterwards, there will be a ride on flat trails, with lots of encouragement and support. We’ll divide into groups based on numbers.
Almonte Riverside Trail (June 9 TBD)
(Location: Strathburn Trailhead, Almonte ON)
The Almonte Riverside Trail is a single track trail which winds along the Mississippi River to the Mill of Kintail. We will be riding to the end and back again, for a total of about 15km. The group will leave from the trailhead located on Strathburn Street at 10:00am. Designed mainly for mountain biking, most of the route is fast singletrack
interspersed with periodic short sections that offer a bit more technical challenge to keep the riding interesting. New riders will find the ART an excellent introduction to cross-country trail riding and perfect for building bike handling skills and fitness. Experienced riders will discover an entertaining flow at higher. Expect a fast 15 km out-and-back ride from Strathburn St. to the Mill of Kintail to take about 90 minutes.
This ride is open to all skill levels however some prior experience with
cross-country biking on singletrack is recommended.
Saturday July 7, 10:30 a.m.: Larose
(Location: Start from P1 Henri-Latreille shelter, Indian Creek Rd. )
This ride will split into two groups (or more) based on speed and fitness. This will be a beginner ride–trails are relatively smooth, with minimal climbing. There is a shelter, so bring your lunch… and bug spray!
Sunday August 12, 10:30 a.m.: Beachburg
(Location: Ride from White Water Brewery – Beachburg location)
Come discover a gem of the Ottawa valley. This ride is an intermediate ride–some technical features. Bring a bathing suit, and prepare to enjoy the post-ride delights of the local brewery!
September TBD: Introduction to Downhill at Camp Fortune
(Location: Meech Lake Chair)
Looking to dip your toe into the world of downhill? Come shred the gnar! Although this ride is a “gentle” introduction to downhill, a full-face and armour are highly recommended. You should be comfortable riding the sunset loop at Fortune. Trails explored on this ride will be Salamander and Super-Combo (parts of Smell My Finger and No Name).
Saturday September 8, 11 a.m.: Mont Sainte-Marie
(Location: Mont Sainte-Marie Ski Hill)
We will split into a minimum of 2 groups (intermediate and advanced). Expected ride length: 2 hours. A base level of fitness is required for this ride, as MSM is gloriously hilly. One group will do Ttop, Growler and Lake Loop (Intermediate). The other group will do Pilsner, Lager, and Lake loop (Advanced). Bring your lunch and a bathing suit!
Fall – Typically Late September (Date TBD): OMBA decathlon
Come out and enjoying some friendly competition, mingle with the mountain bike community, and take in some beautiful fall colours. More details to come!