Devil’s Week 2022
The Ottawa Chapter is excited to be hosting the 2023 Devil’s Week, based out of Kanata, Ontario.
All rides start from the Comfort Inn 222 Hearst Way.
Saturday, Devil Week 2023 starts with the DW Animalathon 300
named by Ottawa Bicycle Club as a ride only an animal will do. The route winds its way west out of Kanata, avoiding most busy urban roads. It passes through Almonte and then a few km in Ottawa valley farm land before the first hills on Clayton Road. At about 60km there is an active rehabilitation in progress and we will have to ride on 3km of new chip seal or gravel on Tatlock Road. The first control, Calabogie 91km, is Charbonneau’s Grocery where riders wil often be buying water and snacks and reducing clothing as the day heats up. The grade on the hills increases when the route passes the ski hills of Calabogie at 96km. On the Opeongo Road the elevation increases from about 120 meters to 400 meters as you climb out of the river valley. Although the distance is short, the time spend climbing the Opeongo Road may be long. An Ottawa Randonneur will be parked on the hill to top up your water. The time spent returning to the river valley will be brief and then a gentle down hill leads to Eganville 170km. It is only about 130km now back to Kanata. The route passes through the larger towns of the valley, Renfrew and Arnprior where supplies or restaurant meals can be obtained.
Starting is at 0700 on the 4th of June, we'll ride a special Devil's week version of the DW Chenaux 200
. Route meanders north west of Ottawa to Renfrew, after a few climbs you descend to follow up the Ottawa River. Upon reaching Storyland Road stop for a drink and admired the vista of the Ottawa valley. Caution on the descend as you may will encounter heavy traffic and crappy pavement. After passing Chenaux Generating Station your will be entering "La Belle Province" and to you next control at Dépanneur Thompson. Quite roads will take you to Quyon your last location to replenish your supplies before boarding the W. Carleton- Quyon ferry back to Ontario. Make sure you have a few gold coins for the ferryman. Last 50km will gently wind you back to the finish line.
Tuesday the 6th, at 0500, we tackle the DW Frontenac 400
. The ride is relatively flat for the first 120km to Athens,after Athens to Sydenham expect rolling terrain. From Sydenham to Highway 38 expect steep climbs and descents. Make sure you fuel up in Westport as you will be climbing till you reach max elevation at Elphin. From there on you are back on rolling terrain to the finish.
Thursday the 8th we'll depart again at 05000 to ride the challenging DW Barrys Bay 600
. The ride start with rolling terrain for the first 200km to Westport. After Westport you will be exercising your climbing gears to the overnight stop in Barrys Bay. Hopefully some kind soul steps up to provide support as after Sharbot Lake roadside picking are slim to non-existent.Leaving Barrys Bay spin out the stiffness in your legs before you start the climb to the highest point of the ride at Foymount. Take care coming down the hill into Cormac, with a little effort you may be able to exceed 100kmh, which should help with your average speed. Rollers will bring you into the Eganville control. Gentle rollers with a few kickers will get you to Calabogie. If time allows kick your feet up at the Redneck Bistro for a meal and beverage. Rollers and a few steep grunts will get you the Clayton. Aside from the steep hills at Blakney and along Panmure Road enjoy the gentle rolling descent to the finish.
All rides are scheduled to start from the Comfort Inn West Ottawa,222 Hearst Way, Kanata, ON K2L-3A2.
To book a room please call the hotel directly, use booking code: 4586041. A block booking at Comfort Inn at a rate of $149/night (2nd floor) or $159/night (main floor.) Bookings must be made before May 2nd.