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OVR 2018 Ride report - what an epic weekend!!
What can we say about the Ottawa Valley Rally other than Amazing! Considering we put this all together on short notice and that 3 weeks ago there was snow and Ice on the trails, we could not have asked for a better outcome!
We had a total of 20 riders show up out of 27 registered, which although small, was still great as the caliber of rider was top notch! Everyone was awesome and got after it in a big way out there on the trails. We were also very fortunate to have the honour of hosting Canadian Off-Road legend, Mr. Lawrence Hacking and his team, all of whom can rip about as good as he can. It was a pleasure in the extreme to have had a chance to ride with those guys as well as everyone else, who proved there own worth out there day after day!
The rally kicked off on Thursday May 24th in Calabogie at the Red Neck Bistro where The Ottawa Valley Rally held its check-in and riders meeting. Participants would spend the night here and set off for Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s Bay, where we would base the rally out of for the remainder of the weekend.
We had a great evening welcoming everyone, while the superb staff at the Bistro ensured we were well looked after. Big thanks to the Red Neck Bistro crew for hosting the OVR!
We also had one of our rally sponsors, 613 motorsports on hand with great deals on some last minute items our participants might need. Everything from Jerseys, goggles, tires and consumables were available. Most folks got in on the action and managed to score some great stuff at great prices. Big thanks also to Aaron from 613 who drove up to hang out and support the OVR! All in all a great way to start the rally!
Friday morning everyone was up early to get a jump on what promised to be a very technical day on the bikes. The ethos here being that we start with the toughest stuff first when everyone is fresh. Calabogie is quite simply world class when it comes to hard enduro riding, and we threw the teams straight into the good stuff. Rocky trails, steep hill climbs and tight single track where on the breakfast menu for Day 1 and we reckon everyone got their fill and then some, as teams banded together to get through the toughest sections.
Teams started to roll into Sunny Hill at about 6pm, for some a long day indeed. But you wouldn’t know it by the happy faces staring back you through dirt and mud. Even though most if not all found Day 1 to be a very challenging day, all agreed that it was an excellent day out.
The evening wrapped up around a campfire with everyone sharing stories about their adventures throughout the day. If the riding is half of why we put on the OVR, moments like this are the other half. A great end to a great day!
For Day 2, the route consisted of ATV and Sled trails as well as rough double track with a few little surprises thrown in here and there. Overall, a much less demanding day than Friday, but still a haul at 245 km from beginning to end. After sending everyone off in the morning, team OVR Saddled up on Day 2 and trucked the bikes down to Bancroft, where the rally stopped for fuel and a bite to eat. Once bikes and bodies were refuelled, it was into the heart of Weslemkoon Lake for the rest of the day. All teams made it through the day with relative ease and enjoyed the day as much as the first. Team OVR had a blast as well, stopping at a couple large sandy hill climbs to get our Ezberg on and even managed to catch up with Lawrence Hackings group in McArthur Mills. Darrin would continue on with Hacking and Co. to tackle the final off road section for the day, leading the charge and setting the pace. Darrin pushed hard, but Lawrence rode bar to bar with him the whole way, seemingly without breaking a sweat. Needless to say, a definite highlight to Darrin’s weekend.
The rest of us trucked the bikes back to Basecamp to get ready for the evenings festivities, as we would be hosting a BBQ for the rally as well as holding our prize draw afterwards. We had a great spread of prizes for everyone, all graciously provided by our sponsors, 613 Motorsports and Woody’s Cycle KTM. Valley Rally Enduro also threw in a bunch of T shirts. Pretty much everyone went away with something and we soon got down to telling tall tales by the campfire….yet another awesome end to an equally awesome day.
For the final day of the rally, teams made their way back to Calabogie via scenic backroads and ATV trails with a final run up some great Hydro line tracks, while the support truck shadowed them on the main roads for the final link up at Red Neck Bistro. The previous evening we were invited to ride with Lawrence and his team back to Calabogie, and naturally we accepted. The first half of day 3 was mainly back roads, but it was a gorgeous morning and frankly riding with Hacking and his guys was more than making up for the lack of off road terrain. But we soon remedied that as it wasn’t too long before we hit the dirt. Darrin waved me ahead for the lead, which I took right away… no pressure. LOL! Forget the coffee, nothing wakes you up like having 6 exceptional riders, one of them a Baja veteran and Dakar finisher on your tail first thing in the morning!
Eventually we got to our final leg of the day and the rally, which consisted of one of our favourite hydro line runs from Plevna to Calabogie. By this time I had surrendered the lead back to Darrin, as I kind of wanted to watch how Lawrence rode. Kind of hard to watch a master at work when he’s hot your tail. Darrin was holding no punches and was on fire up front, setting a blistering pace. Lawrence, as before was his shadow the whole way with me close behind. Folks, all I can say is the man can ride a bike! Try as I might, I could only keep up before my skill was out matched by my determination and I soon found my self inspecting the flora up close after coming over a hill a bit to hot. I slowed it down a bit after that and was able to keep the faintest sight of them up ahead. Similar to Darrin’s experience the day before, riding with Lawrence was both and honour and a privilege I soon won’t forget.
As we rolled into the Red Neck Bistro parking lot, the rest of the teams were already on the patio enjoying the sun and having a well earned pint. We soon joined them. After some brief exchanges of riding prowess throughout the day and the weekend, we bid everyone farewell until next year.
A huge, HUGE thank you to everyone who took chance on the Ottawa Valley Rally. You all contributed to making the weekend a massive success! We would like to thank our sponsors, 613 Motosports, Woody's Cycle KTM and Dundas Performance, who sadly was unable to make the event do to last minute commitments. Next time guys! Big thanks also to Dave and Kev for lending a hand, you guys are solid and we really couldn’t have done it without your help. A special shout out to the “Lads” from Napanee and the boys from La Belle Province! You guys are animals and are welcome back to the OVR anytime! And finally, to Lawrence and his team. It was a pleasure to have you all on the rally and we look forward to riding with you guys in the future.
Thats it for Team OVR for 2018! We had a blast!! Will we be back again next year? 110% Book it off now, because we are already scheming and planning a bigger and better OVR for 2019!
May 2018 - ottawa valley rally
21 days!! 21 days until the Ottawa Valley Rally kicks off and man are we STOKED!! Lost of new and updated info on the OVR:
The Red Neck Bistro (owned by the Calabogie Brewery…Masters of Beer!) will be hosting the Riders meeting /Event Registration. We can't think of a better place to kick things off!
Woody’s Cycle, the region’s authority on KTM and off road riding in general is on board as a sponsor and has been gracious enough to throw in some great door prizes! If you’re in the Ottawa region and need KTM parts for your ride in preparation for the OVR, or just in general, hit up Woody’s at (613) 267-6861. Their prices and service are hard to beat…. They’ll even mail your stuff to you!
Speaking of sponsors…. We are very fortunate to also have 613 Motorsports, Dundas Performance and of course, our Rally hosts for Friday and Saturday, Sunny Hill Resort.
Dundas Performance will have a vending point on site at Sunny Hill where participants can get any oil, fuel, fuel enhancers or 2 stroke mix they might need throughout the rally. In addition to this, they will also have a fully equipped and lighted repair bay/area available to use should anyone need to service or otherwise work on their bikes over the weekend. But wait… there’s more! As if that wasn’t enough Dundas Performance will also be providing fuel at our mid-day fuel stop on Day 2 and have a recovery vehicle on call should anyone need it. Fuel prices will be competitive to the pumps
For all of your riding gear/parts needs outside of oils and fuels, 613 Motorsports will be on site Friday evening and Saturday morning with a selection of gear and consumables available to ensure everyone is good to go! Word has it they'll be some great deals on Sidi riding boots - Adventure Goretex
Deep Rain, All Road Goretex at REDICULOUS prices! :O Sizes wont last long. Call and reserve and we'll have em at the rally for ya...or better yet, drop on by and get yourself a pair before hand (613) 482-9594
Saturday’s BBQ and prize draw will be an evening to remember! To take care of everyones appetites from riding great trails all day, we'll have burgers and sausages provided by The Butchery (http://www.thebutchery.ca/#about-marquee), one of Ottawa’s finest providers of naturally sourced, grain fed meats; a great prize table, graciously donated by our sponsors and last, and finally, we will have a very special surprise guest on the rally that will also be giving a short talk on his experiences in the industry as well as some of the events he is currently involved with. Plus, he’ll also be riding on the rally! So… who is this “very Special Guest”? We’re keeping that a surprise….But here’s a hint: He’s Canadian off road riding royalty, is a Baja veteran and has done the Dakar.
If you haven't registered for the OVR yet, nows the time. Trails are opening up and bike fever is ramping up...big time!
To Register, go to www.valleyrallyenduro.com/ottawa-valley-rally/
If you have registered.... get ready for an EPIC weekend!