Ottawa Mountain Bike Association

Thursday Night Ride in South March Highlands

David N May 4, 2013 No Comments
Thursday Night Ride in South March Highlands

The Ottawa Mountain Biking Association weekly group rides take place on the South March Highlands trail network, located in Kanata. The weekly ride is typically broken up into 3 or 4 groups based on a combination of ride duration, technical nature of the trails covered, and overall riding pace. The weekly group rides are just that, Group rides. The point is to ride in a social setting while still getting a feeling of satisfaction. When coming out to your first OMBA ride, speak with OMBA ride coordinator to determine what group you should be in. All of group rides are “no-drop” rides, that is, each group will have a “sweep rider” so that no one is left behind or lost.

In the event that OMBA Weekly Rides are cancelled (most often due to weather/or excessively wet trails), it shall be posted here no later than 5:30 pm. A cancellation announcement will be made in the Community Forums post for specific  weekly ride.

Ride Cancellation and Updates

Go to our Event Calendar and click the link to the specific Thursday  ride to check for cancellation and update details. Rides are usually posted the Monday before the ride.

Is this your first group ride?

See our article on What to Expect on your first group ride.


  • Rides start promptly at 7:00, so if you need to figure out what group to ride in or sign a waiver, please show up at least 10 minutes early.
  • OMBA members are required to sign a Waiver Form only once for the season.
  • Non-OMBA members are required to sign a Waiver Form for EACH TIME they  join an OMBA Ride (2 x maximum. After that please join).


Click here to download the waiver


Riders are divided up into of one four groups:

Group A – Expert –> K2 @ 7:00pm (on your bike)
Duration: ~120 minutes
Trails: Ridgetop, Outback, Annex, Everything…
Group A pace is very fast, with riders clearing most technical features at speed. Excellent fitness and technical skill. Minimal stopping.
Breaks as needed.
Breaks, we don’t need breaks!! Lights Recommended!


Group B – Advanced –> K2 @ 7:00pm (on your bike)
Duration: ~100 minutes
Trails: Pwt, BailOut, Rockhopper, DogSled Loop, M-Line, Outback
Group B is for riders with good technical skill and fitness. Pace is fast but with more breaks/stops than the A Group.Breaks as needed


Group C – Intermediate –> K2 @ 7:00pm (on your Bike)
Duration: ~90 minutes
Trails: Pwt, BailOut, Rockhopper, DogSled Loop, M-Line
Group C is for riders who are comfortable on there bikes and want to start to improve on fitness and technical skills. Breaks and sessioning of technical features as needed/requested.
Group D – Beginner –> K2 @ 7:00pm (on your Bike)
Duration: ~ 80 minutes
Trails: BearTree,Rockhopper, Fast out, Dog Sled Loop, Klondike and M-Line
Sessioning of any technical sections as requested by the group
Group D pace is a relaxed pace allowing for people new to mountain biking to get a taste of what SMH has to offer. Frequent stops at technical features for sessioning and/or tips/advice.
Breaks as needed
Mandatory items

  • safety helmet
  • close-toe footwear
  • 1L of water
  • spare tube and pump
  • signed OMBA Waiver Form (see note above)

Strongly recommended items

  • eye protection
  • mosquito repellent
  • more than 1L of water
  • snack bar/power drink
  • chain oil
  • repair kit (chain break, Allen keys, etc…)


Directions to K2 (South March Highlands)
Take 417 west bound
Take Eagleson / March Road EXIT
Take March Road North
Travel on March Road for approximately 5.5km
Turn left on to Klondike Road (Shoppers Drugmart will be on your left.)
Travel all the way up Klondike Road until 2nd line Extension.  This is K2.
Extra parking is available at the parking lot on the corner of Halton Terrace and Klondike Road.

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