February 18, 2015

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

We've got a raft of exciting cycling adventures for you this year. Some are listed below, but more are coming. Check the website for the most up-to-date information. 


February 20 – 22:

Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park is SOLD OUT.

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


May 15 - 18

Niagara Bike and Hike

Registration will open soon for a new Niagara Region Hike and Bike trip, including optional wine tours, a hike along the Bruce Trail and perhaps a Friday afternoon ride. Accommodation will be in two-person suites at the Niagara College residence in Niagara on the Lake. Price approximately $145 per person, including 2 nights' accommodation, 2 breakfasts, route research and maps.


May 16 - 25 

Kentucky Cycling

Our motel-to-motel trip to Lexington, Kentucky, is sold out.

Be the first in line for a cancellation (gender-specific) by emailing leaders Dinsmore and Marie: dinsmore99@gmail.com


June 13 - 14


Registration for our popular overnight ride will open on Friday April 17th. Ride from High Park to Niagara Falls and back (168km each way), or get a head start from Stoney Creek (90km each way). Overnight is in a comfortable Niagara Falls motel. 


June 18 - 21

Prince Edward County

Cycle the quiet roads of Prince Edward County before the crowds arrive at this popular summer destination.  This extended weekend trip, Thursday to Sunday, is based in Wellington at a charming lakeside motel with many amenities. Fee for members: $240 per person. 

Registration will open soon


July 3 - 10

Cape Breton Island

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Save the date for this exciting new summer trip around Cape Breton Island, taking in the famous, scenic Cabot Trail, the Margaree Valley, and the Bras D’or Lakes. We're planning six days of cycling averaging about 70k a day. This challenging trip will include a sag wagon to carry your luggage and, if necessary, you. More details coming soon.


September 12 - 14

Simcoe Circle

This fall trip, organized by Cycle Canada exclusively for TBN, circles Lake Simcoe in three days, averaging about 100k a day. This trip needs at least 8 TBN registrants by June 15 to go ahead, so please register now for the early-bird price of $395.50 (later price $446.35). The price includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts, two guides, sag wagon, and maps.


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.

Travel, travel, travel
Check out the sidebar for exciting bicycle adventures this summer. See the TBN website for more details.

Wounds and warriors - Feb 25
Don't miss next week's special education session, Wounded Warrior II. The February 25 session will focus on the injuries experienced by cyclists of all levels and emphasize cross-training to prevent injury, and give you specific exercises to build a solid fitness foundation. Wear clothing that allows you to move.

Click here for more details of the session. Refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required.

More jersey options 

In just one year, the blue-green TBN jersey has carved out a niche on the roads and bike lanes, and now you have a chance to get more of that good thing. Check out the website for a range of new options, including wind vests, jackets, sleeveless and long sleeved jerseys. There's even a thermo shield winter jacket for colder days. Order yours here.

Rules of the road - March 11

TBN is proud to introduce a discussion evening with police officer Arshad Khawaja, who oversees all aspects of bicycle training and safety for the Toronto Police Services Bicycle Division. It's a rare chance to discuss the challenges facing cyclists in Toronto, and to learn about the rules of the road, how to ride safely and what to do if something goes wrong. This is your opportunity to hear from the voice of authority, and to ask questions.

The session starts at 6pm on Wednesday, March 11, at the Toronto Police facility at 40 Toryork Drive (near Finch and Weston Road)

Please register on the TBN web site.

On the Go with TBN
It's time to bookmark the new mobile edition of TBN's website, www.tbn.ca/mobile, which provides convenient access to upcoming TBN events. You never need to worry about missing a ride again.

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Ski Ski Ski (spin, skate, snowshoe) 
Check the website for details on this weekend's ski adventure, and on all upcoming ski trips. Let someone else do the driving -- all you have to do is ski or snowshoe. 

And if that's not your cup of cocoa, don't forget our other wintertime activities: Spinning sessions at the Adelaide Club in downtown Toronto, and Friday night ice skating at rinks around the city.

Toronto International Bicycle Show

TBN will once again have a booth at the Toronto International Bicycle Show March 6-8, Toronto's premier event to showcase new bikes and gear, and an opportunity to stock up on all those things you really don't need, but have to have. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to greet visitors for a three-hour shift at the TBN booth, which will include free admission to the show. Please contact publicity@tbn.ca for more information.

The bike ride countdown begins

We're just over a month from the first scheduled TBN rides of 2015. The Wednesday Wheelie riders kick things off on March 25 at 10am, and the Sunday Tourist rides will start just days after that, weather permitting of course. Check the cycling section of the website for details of all ride programs as they are added.

And as the season nears, we're putting out our regular plea for ride leaders and sweeps to make the program work. If you can help, please access your profile on the TBN website and check the box "Ride leader/sweep" in the section "Do you wish to volunteer." It's your club, we need your help.

Thursday Night Rides
Talking of bike rides, TBN is delighted to introduce a new ride program this year: Thursday Night Rides. They will be similar to our current Wednesday Night and Friday Night Rides, but kicked up a notch to the Advanced Easy Roller level for faster and more experienced cyclists. More information will be posted to the TBN website shortly.

Diversion of the day
A New Zealand pilot has developed a new way to get bikes from one end of a bike trail to another. Just don't try it with a floatplane.

(See Bicycling Magazine for details.)

Get discounts at TBN partners

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. We are currently in the process of renewing businesses for 2015. You can help by visiting your favourite shop and encouraging them join the program by contacting publicity@tbn.ca.

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities, including ski trips, skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO 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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