OVR Adventure Ride
Welcome to the Ottawa Valley Rally Adventure Ride hosted by Valley Rally Enduro! With the overwhelming success of our OVR Enduro event this past May we felt the need to give the folks on bigger bikes a chance to experience what Valley Rally Enduro is all about.
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 Sept 27th to 30th – 1 afternoon/ evening for registration and riders meeting/Welcome dinner then 2 days of great riding. The OVR ADV Ride will feature two different route classes to choose from: Touring Class and Adv Class. Touring Class will be more road oriented with some dirt access roads mixed in, the focus being great flowing twisties and cool points of interest. The Adv Class will be more aggressive and comprise of the same backroads but with more dirt access roads than the Touring class as well as some Hydro line, ATV trails and double track. There will also be some tougher options for those looking for more of challenge.
Overall both classes will be traversing through hundreds of kilometres 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 backroad and 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 on the more aggressive routes. That said, beginners/newcomers are welcome on the OVR Adventure Ride, but are recommended to stick to the Touring class route. Beginners to off road riding will find the Adv route very challenging at times and we do not recommend participating in this class if that is the case.
Bike requirements: This will be a mid to large-size bike Rally. For Touring class, larger, more comfortable bikes will be best suited. BMW GS, KTM 990+, KLR 650, Suzuki Vstrom etc. For the Adv class, 450 class bikes will fair well, but may find the road mileage a but long at times depending on rider and set up. 650 class will likely be ideal as will 990 with appropriate set up and rider experience. 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 Adv Class bikes must be off road capable and have semi-aggressive or aggressive off road knobby tires. Anything short of this will not only make things unnecessarily difficult, but could potentially be unsafe on some trails. Touring class bikes will be riding on dirt access roads, so tires should be such to accommodate both road riding as well as dirt roads. Fuel range should be at least 150km.
Team Requirements: Every team must have at least one (1) first aid kit and one (1) tool kit with extra tubes/patch kit and (1) tow strap. A bike safety check will be held at check in to ensure all teams meet these requirements.
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 3 nights accommodation at Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s Bay… a great spot, owned and operated by great people! Check them out here: sunnyhillresort.com
Some of the amenities you can expect to enjoy while at Sunny Hill are:
- Acres of woodlands and walking trails.
- Indoor pool and hot tub.
- Boat & motor and canoe rental.
- Private boat launch.
- Fishing pier and cleaning station.
- Pool/Billiards and Ping Pong.
- 3G cellular service (Rogers, Bell, TELUS)
- WIFI internet access available (free and paid access)
- Air conditioned cottages.
- Coin operated laundry facilities.
- Spectacular Sunsets by the fire!
Day 1 – Thursday Sept. 27: Arrive at Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s bay. You will go through a check in process, which will be held at the front desk of the resort office and will entail: being provided with the GPS files (if you do not receive them in advance), receive your swag bag, waiver signing and cabin/camping spot assignment. You will also be given timings for the Riders Meeting and Welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Friday Sept 28: Participants will need an early start if they want to complete Friday's route in its entirety as this will be the longest day. Touring class riders will have the larger loop, comprising of the area's best twisty backroads as well as flowing dirt sections thrown in the mix. The scenery on this one will be top, we can promise you that! The Adv class riders will be getting into a bit of everything; Double track, ATV trails, decommissioned rail bed, back roads etc. The focus for the Adv class will be "Adventure"... and you will be having a few on this route. That goes double for those that are willing to tackle the optional "Hero" sections.
Day 3 – Saturday Sept 29: After a good nights sleep, teams are free to depart at their leisure to tackle Saturdays route. Saturday will be similar to the previous day, but a bit more relaxed. This is for two very good reason's. First: one of our awesome sponsors, Pete's Sales and Service, will be on hand with a display of Beta and Honda bikes. We are working on a demo ride for the Beta's and as such we want to be able to give folks time to enjoy that option. Second, we want everyone back in time and in shape to enjoy the evening's BBQ and prize draw. 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. Post BBQ, the Raffle Prize Draw will be held and fireside tales of great deeds accomplished on two wheels shall commence.
Day 4 – Sunday Sept 30: Head Home after an awesome weekend of riding!
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.
There will be 3 ticket options based on desired comfort level (Tax incld.):
Basic Camping $200
Full Service Camping (Water and Electrical on site) $220
What IS included in the cost:
3 nights at Sunny Hill Resort in Barry’s Bay at your chosen comfort level.
GPS tracks for Friday and Saturday
T-Shirt and swag
Thursday and Saturday Night Dinner/BBQ
1 Raffle ticket for the Saturday Night Draw
What is NOT included in the cost:
- Meals and drinks other than Thursday and Saturday Dinner/BBQ as stated above
To Register: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the following:
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
Shortly after registering, you will receive a confirmation email with payment instructions (E-Transfer or Paypal for US Residence). Payment should be one single payment for your entire team, with team name indicated in E-Transfer/Paypal notes. Once payment has been made OVR will email event details (Timings, Links to area amenities, 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. This goes double for Cabins as they tend to be the first to go. There will be no refunds if you cannot attend. Spots on the rally are, however, transferable. Ticket holders are responsible for ensuring any substitute.
From meeting other bike obsessed riders to discovering new and amazing places to ride, The OVR Adv Ride is all about adventure and the many awesome experiences that come with it.
So come on out and lets Ride the Valley!