July 16, 2023

Gord's message: Join us for TBN's BBQ Picnic

Don't forget to register for TBN's always popular Annual BBQ Picnic and Rides, Aug 13. The rides will be starting at various locations and heading again to Milliken Park where, this year, back from their world BBQing tour, our very own TBN renowned chefs extraordinaires, Paul and Brenda, will serve up meat and meatless burger options as well as gluten and gluten-free buns, salads and cold liquid refreshments.

The picnic is always a great opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow members, meet some of our newest members, and head out on one of the wide variety of rides we have set up for the day.

Enjoy the summer riding season, find a way to beat the heat by drinking plenty of fluids, and stay safe out there.

--Gord Irish, President

Cyclon co-directors confirmed; 2024 volunteers wanted

The Cyclon committee is pleased to report that new co-directors have been confirmed. Those names will be announced at the upcoming Cyclon weekend, Aug. 4-7 at Western University in London, Ont.

Registration for the weekend is now closed, but if you are attending, get ready to sign up for the Saturday night dinners no later than Aug. 2. Watch the website and TBN's Facebook group for more info. This year we have some new restaurants as well as some of the favourites from last year.  

To make this year's Cyclon a success, we are in need of volunteers to help with the registration desk, Saturday night dinners, and snacks throughout the weekend. If you can help, contact LoraFlanagan, weekendtrips@tbn.ca.

TBN wraps up another Hairshirt

The TNT Hairshirt. A total of 322 kilometres in one day, Toronto to Niagara Falls and return? That’s crazy!

Yet that is what a bumper crop of TBN members accomplished this year on June 25. Anthony Ndirangu finished in a touch over 12 hours. Congratulations Anthony.

There were six more TBN finishers: Paul Min, Awadh Alkelifi, Cesar Mayers, Shane Jao, Ron Rillera and Renat Gazoukin. Congratulations all. You have earned massive bragging rights.

A big chunk of credit goes to Paul Min, who took over this year as Hairshirt coordinator (and cheerleader). Paul started making his mark last year by sponsoring Program-X events for training and a Hairshirt Lite event. 

This year, so far, there are 15 registrants for the upcoming 200 km Hairshirt Lite, Aug. 26. Good luck to everyone taking part.

Thanks to Paul for stepping up to lead this.

No-drop Camp and Bike weekend - one spot still available

As we "go to press" there is still one spot available on TBN's No-drop Camp and Bike weekend, Aug. 25-27, in Wheatley Provincial Park, which will include rides in the area on the shores of Lake Erie and a visit to a local winery. Check the dates on the calendar if you wish to register.

Free CAN-BIKE classes for TBN members begin July 21, 22

Want to boost your cycling skill level? Be a safer and more defensive rider on the road? Increase your confidence about riding on city streets? Whether you are a new or a long-term rider, there is always something to learn, some skills to improve, and, admit it, some bad habits to unlearn. Perhaps you are a TBN ride leader, but you are uncertain about what skills/behaviours to demonstrate and encourage as you lead your ride.  

CAN-BIKE provides structured classes to help you with all this and more!  CAN-BIKE provides a Canada-wide skills curriculum as defined by Cycling Canada, and is recommended by provincial governments and many Canadian cities. 

For information on this TBN educational offering, see PROGRAMS/EDUCATION/CAN-BIKE LEV 3 / LEV 4 EDUCATION or https://www.tbn.ca/CAN-BIKE-Classes

Labour Day overnight trip to Brantford

Join TBN Labour Day weekend when we will explore the various paths and byways of Brant County, where TBN has never been before for a weekend event. This region boasts an unbelievable variety of quiet roads, and it's just a short distance from Toronto. Check out Brantford for Labour Day Weekend for more info. Cutoff for registration is July 30.

How to cancel a reservation for an event

Due to an issue we have discovered on Apple devices, we have had to revert to the original wording for the link used to cancel your reservation for an event. If you need to cancel your reservation for an event, see the Cancel-my-registration page for details.

New RideWithGPS features

RideWithGPS has released a new way to browse for routes, based on map location. Using a computer's browser, our TBN routes can be found here. Zoom in to an area you are interested in riding in (for example, we have 19 different routes starting from Edwards Gardens in our library, situated in the first image below). Then select an arrow (if there is only a single route), or if there is a number (as the number 19 here), click on the number and choose from the list that appears (the second image below).

Another way to find a route is to browse the TBN Route Library directly. You can filter based on tags, or search based on strings, or locations.

We are waiving our Non-member ride fees for Evening Rides this summer

Until the end of July, we are waiving the $10 Non-member fees for our Wednesday Evening and Friday Night programmes. Non-members will still have to register, but there is no $10 during this time period. Let's get some new faces trying out our TBN evening rides.

Event registration reminder

Please remember to login to the TBN website prior to registering for our Events. If you are not logged in, the system does not know who you are, and will only offer you the Guest Rider registration choice. Also, when you are logged into the TBN website, a lot of members-only content appears.

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