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Ottawa Valley Mountain Bike Association

Ontario Trails Events

Event: Ottawa Valley Mountain Bike Association
Trail: Forest Lea Trails
Date: 2021-01-16 to 2021-12-31
Abstract: The Forest Lea Trails are becoming widely recognized as the best technical single track system in Eastern Ontario.
Type: Mountain Biking
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Forest Lea Road
Online URL:
Cost: See website

Ottawa Valley Mountain Bikers supporting the trails they ride. The Ottawa Valley Mountain Bike Association (OVMBA) is a not-for-profit trail riding, development, and advocacy group comprised of enthusiastic Valley mountain bikers. Membership dues support building new trails, maintenance, and advocacy efforts.

We directly manage the Forest Lea trails and the Beachburg County trails. Memberships available from Gearheads in Petawawa (613-687-4624). A proud supporter of IMBA Canada.

Forest Lea Enduro has been brought to you by:

The Event:

The Forest Lea Trails are becoming widely recognized as the best technical singletrack system in Eastern Ontario. The FL Enduro is a trail focused fundraising event to celebrate the Forest Lea Trails and raise money for maintenance and development. Last year's event purchased new trail signs and a brush saw, which has been put to good use this year by our trail stewards.

Mountain bike 10, 28k (one big loop) or 55km (two laps). Kids will have a 3k ride later in the morning.Trail runners have the option of 3, 10 or 28 k. 99% singletrack trails with lots of rocks and roots. All routes start with a double track section to spread out the group, and then spend the rest of the time in the tight trails. The route will be different this year with a 3k start loop before heading out, and will include a brand new 1.3 km section of trail. Since last year's enduro, 4.5 km of new trail has been added to the system.

28k average bikers expect to take 2.5 hrs (a winning time will be 1:45 hrs). 10k runners expect 1.5 hr.

Participants must be self sufficient for water and food. There is only emergency help on trail from marshalls. One water station will be at the half way point of the 28k loop, there will be no water on the 10k run loop. All race routes will be marked with coloured arrows the day before the event.

Mtn biking and trail running can be dangerous—all riders must wear a helmet, have an appropriate bike, and take responsibility for their own safety! Enduro participants will be required to sign a waiver form.

Race route: (same for bikes and runners)
3k start loop (out road, back on ski trail and Jolly Roger)
10k start loop plus Oliver's/Q and ART to Jolly Roger
28k the whole dang thing! start loop, Oliver's/Q, then the Original Route (red arrows) and back loops (blue arrows) back to Maple Syrup, Flat Pass and Jolly Roger.
55k does the above with a second go round for the masochists out there.

The Location:

Forest Lea Trails are located at the end of Forest Lea Rd., West of Pembroke (between Pembroke and Petawawa), exit S. off Hwy. 17 on Forest Lea Rd, travel 5 km to end of pavement. Drive time is 1.5 hr from Kanata or Mattawa.

There is no running water so bring plenty of your own. There are two outhouses on site. Spectators welcome - dogs must be on a leash.

Parking lot BBQ and awards:

Included with entry. Bring a dessert type snack if you would like to contribute. Non racers can purchase lunch for $5. Award times will be posted day of event, but will take place when the majority of riders/runners are in. You must be present to win one of our rediculous number of drawprizes. Thanks to Gearheads in Petawawa, Norco and Specialized who are always very generous in supporting our event.


Online only. This is a volunteer run event and all proceeds support the Forest Lea Trails. Participants must sign a waiver on the day of the event. Please arrive at the event early to sign in and receive your number bib/plate. Registration closes the Friday evening before the event. 


We pride ourselves on a low key trail focused event, and the socializing afterwards is as important as the riding. For a taste of our event check these videos:

pro videographer Dan Caldwell's take on the Enduro: