|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 18, Camp Fortune
Location: Meet at the main Camp Fortune parking lot in front of the first aid shack
Time: 6:30 to ride for 6:45 start
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 April 26, 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.
Saturday May 6: Limerick Forest
Meet at 9:30 at the MacEwens if you want to carpool/convoy, or meet at 10:30 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 27, 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.
Saturday June 10th, 10:00 a.m. – Almonte Riverside Trail
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.
Part of Almonte Bicycle Month, VAMOS Outdoors, our local outdoor clothing and footwear shop (& owned by fellow mtn bike chick) will be giving away prizes to every participant! Should be a fun morning.
This ride is open to all skill levels however some prior experience with cross-country biking on singletrack is recommended.
Thursday June 15, 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.
Saturday July 8, 10:30 a.m.: Gatineau Park Ride,
Location: Start from Camp Fortune parking lot
This ride will split into two groups (or more) based on speed, fitness and ambition. The trails are suitable for beginners, but there are a lot of hills, and the ride will be much more enjoyable if you have a base level of fitness/cardio. Riders will be tackling parts of the 4, the 1, the 3, and 14.
Saturday August 12, 11 a.m.: Mont Sainte-Marie
Location: Mont Sainte-Marie Ski Hill
We will split into a minimum of 2 groups. One group will do Ttop, Growler and Lake Loop (Intermediate). The other group will do Pilsner, Lager, and Lake loop (Advanced). Bring you lunch and a bathing suit!
August 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 9, 11 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!
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!