January 7, 2015

Chain of Events

Bi-weekly e-newsletter of the latest events, news and activities

Overnight trips

TBN is offering three very popular trips to winter wonderlands across Ontario:

January 16 – 18:

Camp Wanakita trip is SOLD OUT.

Contact organizer Frank Remiz at wanakita@tbn.ca to get on the waiting list.


February 6 – 8:

The Tulip Inn, Arrowhead Provincial Park

Skiing, snowshoeing and hiking are all available in gorgeous Arrowhead, with accommodation at the Tulip Inn in Huntsville. Register  online for this popular trip.


February 20 – 22:

Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park is


Contact wolfden@tbn.ca to get on the waiting list. 


Believe it or not, some spring cycling trips are already in the works. We'll share the details soon.

Contact Jean at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

Quick Release
Quick Release, TBN's newsletter of events, news and comments may cease publication this year unless we can find a new editor - or maybe a team of two editors - two publish the magazine and sustain a 30-year tradition. You will need the time to write, commission and edit the stories, and then the design skills to bring it all together.

Contact publicity@tbn.ca  by January 15 if you can help. The first QR of 2015 is due in early March and a new editor will need six weeks to pull it together.

But remember, all the event information you found in your Quick Release is already on the website. If you click this link, you will see all the ski trips planned for the season, and later in the year the ride schedule will be available online too. You can also view everything at www.tbn.ca/events, where you can navigate between months and view events either as a calendar or as a list. In fact, the website has always been more current than Quick Release, so there's no reason to miss out on any TBN activity.

Skiing's starting 
There's much more snow up north than in the city, so you've still got time to sign up for the weekend's bus to ski country. Check the website for details on this weekend's adventure, and on all upcoming ski trips. Let someone else do the driving -- all you have to do is ski or snowshoe. 

You can also still join one of our three winter ski weekends, at Arrowhead Provincial Park, Feb 6-8. See the sidebar for details and sign up soon, before this trip sells out. The other two ski weekends have sold out, but you can still put your name on the waiting list in case somebody drops out.

Want more jersey options?

TBN jersey sales will resume in January, and we may add some sleeveless, vests and long sleeve jerseys, but this depends on demand. Details here.

Sad spinning news
You're running out of time to train with TBN's long-standing spin guru Kimchan Ramrattan, who is stepping down after many years of fantastic coaching. So sign up shortly for the new 4-week season at the downtown Adelaide Club. The sessions are for TBN members only. Check the website soon for details. TBN members will be sorry to see Kimchan go -- his personal commitment to fitness, his enthusiasm and his dedication to keeping club members fit and road-ready have been an inspiration to many of us.

TBN hopes to continue the spin sessions with a different trainer/coach. Watch this space for details.

Rounding the rinks
Stop hiding, and come out and embrace the winter with TBN's weekly Friday evening skating program. We're skating on public rinks, so there's no fee for non-members. Come out and enjoy yourself.

Other events
Don't forget to check the TBN Forum and the TBN Facebook page for unofficial events that members organize from time to time. Remember to post unofficial events on the forum as well as Facebook to announce your events. Less than half of TBN members have a Facebook account, so organizers will reach more people if they use the forum, which can be found on the menu bar at the top of the website, or on the bottom of the home page.

Thank you for answering our questions
A team of volunteers is still going through the results of our two membership surveys, and we'll let you know when we have more information to share. In the meantime, we are delighted to congratulate our two prize-winners: Kim Carnegie and Sandra Focsenau

IMPORTANT - Please confirm your status
Please take two minutes to ensure that your information is up to date on the TBN website.
  1. Log into your TBN account at the top right hand side of the www.tbn.ca home page.
  2. Click "view profile".
  3. On the second row, if your Membership status shows Active, then you are good to go.
  4. If your status shows Pending renewal, then you will need to pay your discounted membership renewal fee.
  5. If your status shows lapsed, then you are no longer a current TBN member, and so do not qualify for all those great membership benefits. You will have to pay full rate upon rejoining the club. If you believe you are in fact a member, then please contact membership@tbn.ca to straighten out your account.
Please also confirm that your email address is correct, as this is how TBN communicates with you. An invalid email address means that you do not receive emails from TBN, and then we have no way of reaching you, other than a phone call to straighten out your profile. Just imagine how time consuming that can be for our volunteers.

If you wish to use a new email address, simply adjust this in your profile, and do not create a second TBN account. Unfortunately, some members have done this, which has added undue extra time for our hard working volunteers to sort out the accounts.

If you are having any problems with your account, please contact webadmin@tbn.ca, and a volunteer will be happy to help you out.

Post-Christmas retail therapy?

Check out the GTA retailers and services that offer discounts to TBN members. Save money on bikes and accessories, as well as services such as tours, training sessions or a subscription to Pedal Magazine.

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities, including ski trips, skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO and much more. Without volunteer support from members like you, we would be unable to run these programs, book the venues, pay the bills, send out newsletters, process memberships, get prize donations, flip the burgers, and much more. There are many small, short-term tasks that can use a set of hands so please contact president@tbn.ca to learn more.

Stay warm, and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.

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