Welcome to the inaugural Ottawa Valley Rally, hosted by Valley Rally Enduro. We’re pumped to have the opportunity to put on a great show for everyone this Spring.
About the organizers: We are riders first, who annually participate in events such as BMA Calabogie Boogie, Rally Connex Rock Hound, Dacre Rally challenge, Roaming Rally etc. We are annual OFTR members. We ride with respect, in hopes that keeping area residents happy will allow us to ride these areas we love for many, many years to come. We are aiming to take the best features of the many other events we experience annually and improve on them through the perfect mix of trail types combined with excellent accommodations to provide the best overall experience of organized off-road rally riding in what we feel is one of the very top areas to ride- the Ottawa Valley.
The rally will take place May 24-27 – 1 afternoon/ evening for registration and meet and greet then 3 days of great riding. The OVR will be traversing through hundreds of kilometers of backroads and trails in the Ottawa Valley, featuring established routes that have been long time local favourites as well as more obscure, less known tracks. While there is no minimum amount of entrants (this event is happening no matter what), there will likely be a maximum and we will close registration once our maximum is reached, so get your name/ team registered ASAP.
The OVR is not a race! It is an adventure ride designed to give participants a chance to experience the spectacular trail networks the Ottawa Valley has to offer, as well as provide a taste of what awaits you on one of Valley Rally Enduro’s weekend tours. Participants can expect great riding, great scenery and great company on the OVR!
As the OVR is an adventure riding event, participants must possess at least a novice level of riding experience and well above that will fair best. Beginners/newcomers to off road riding will find the route extremely challenging and we do not recommend participating.
You will need to be part of a team (minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 5). This is for safety reasons – A team provides a safety net for you and your teammates to rely on in case of injuries and/or mechanical issues. You will be provided with the GPS tracks for each days ride. It is not mandatory for you to follow these tracks, but it is part of the challenge and as such, a big part of the fun. We also provide you with 2 nights camping at Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s Bay… a great spot, owned and operated by great people! Check them out here: sunnyhillresort.com
Day 1 – Thursday May 24: You will go through a check in process, which will be held at The Redneck Bistro (http://www.redneckbistro.ca/) and will entail: being provided with the GPS files (if you do not receive them in advance), receive your swag bag, attend the riders meeting and waiver signing. We are working on something really special for the riders meeting on the Thursday, so get in early if you can. NOTE: You will need to book your own accommodations in Calabogie for Thursday and if applicable, Sunday as well. Links for local hotel/motel and campsite listings will be provided upon registration and payment.
Day 2 – Friday May 25: We will Leave Calabogie early making our way up to Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s Bay via a combination of trails, backroads and possibly even a bit of single track. This will be a long day of riding (250-300 kms to complete the full track). Once you arrive at Sunny Hill you will check in at the front desk where you will be assigned your camping spot or cabin. We will be here for the next two nights.
Day 3 – Saturday May 26: After a good nights sleep, teams are free to depart at their leisure to tackle Saturdays route. Saturday will be a mix of passable snowmobile trails, ATV trails and quick fire service roads. Expect everything from rocks, mud and even a bit of sand (again, 250-300 kms to complete the track). The day ends back at Sunny Hill where we will have the BBQ fired up and ready to serve Burgers and Sausages from one of Ottawa's finest butcher's,The Butchery (http://www.thebutchery.ca/#about-marquee) as well as cold non-alcoholic beverages (See ticket price descriptions below). We also have a surprise special guest, a true Canadian enduro and off-road riding legend, who will be saying a few words during the BBQ. Post BBQ, the Raffle Prize Draw will be held and fireside tales of great deeds accomplished on two wheels shall commence.
Day 4 – Sunday May 27: With the assumption that everyone got after it on Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s route will be a 50/50 mix of easy to medium trails and backroads to get everyone back to Calabogie and on their way home in reasonable time.
OVR will not be providing sweep riders. Once you start each days track you will effectively be on your own. Please prepare and plan accordingly.
Bike requirements: This will be a small to mid-size bike Rally. 450 class bikes are ideal. 250 will be fine, 650 class will struggle on some technical sections. Anything larger is not recommended, though you may participate if you wish. Bikes must be insured and plated for on road use as trail sections are joined using roadways and highways. All bikes must be very off road capable and have aggressive off road knobby tires. Anything short of this will not only make things unnecessarily difficult, but could potentially be unsafe on some trails. Every team must have at least one (1) first aid kit and one (1) tool kit with extra tubes/patch kit. A bike safety check will be held at check in to ensure all teams meet these requirements.
There will be 3 ticket options based on desired comfort level:
- Basic Camping $160
- Full Service Camping (Water and Electrical on site) $172
- Cabin/Glamping $200
What IS included in the cost:
- 2 nights at Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s Bay at your chosen comfort level.
- GPS tracks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- T-Shirt and swag
- Saturday Night BBQ – 1 Burger and 1 Sausage + Pop
- 1 Raffle ticket for the Saturday Night Draw
- Hauling of Gear from Calabogie to Barry’s Bay and back
What is NOT included in the cost:
- Accommodations in Calabogie on Thursday/Sunday night
- Meals and drinks other than Saturday BBQ as stated above
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the following:
- Team Name
- Names (first and last) of each team member along with their advrider handle (if applicable).
- The bikes each person will be riding
- Level of riding experience
- Indicate ticket preference for each team member i.e. Basic camping, FS Camping or Cabin
- Indicate whether you want to have the support truck carry any gear and what that will likely be. This service is free and optional.
Shortly after registering, you will receive a confirmation email with payment instructions (Paypal). Payment should be one single payment for your entire team, with team name indicated in Paypal notes. Once payment has been made OVR will email event details (Timings, Links to Calabogie accommodations, detailed route information etc.) to the team organizer for distribution to their teammates.
Tickets for each option are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis, so please do not wait till the last minute to book or risk disappointment. There will be not refunds if you cannot attend. Spots on the rally, however, are transferable. Ticket holders are responsible for ensuring any substitute
From meeting other dirt bike obsessed riders to discovering new and amazing places to ride, The OVR is all about adventure and the many awesome experiences that come with it.
So come on out and lets Ride the Valley!