May 19, 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.


June 13 - 14


NEW ROUTE. Registration is now open for this popular trip, now in its 22nd year, and rooms are still available. Cycle from High Park to Niagara Falls and back (150km or 180km out, 150km back), or take the shorter route from Stoney Creek (86km out, 90km back). You'll stay overnight in a comfortable Niagara Falls motel. New route follows the Lakeshore, avoiding Ridge Road construction, and the roads taken by the Ride to Conquer Cancer


July 3-5

Presqu'ile cycling/camping

Enjoy three days of camping and cycling in scenic Prince Edward County, with two pancake breakfasts and provisions for two sandwich lunches. Check the web site to register and sign up.


July 31-August 3

Cyclon in Ottawa

Registration is open for Cyclon, TBN's premier event of the year, including great rides, a fabulous Sunday dinner and comfortable accommodation at the University of Ottawa. Register online before the adventure sells out.


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 proceed. 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.


May 16 - 25 

Kentucky Cycling

Our nine-day spring cycling trip to Lexington, Kentucky, is SOLD OUT. Be first in line for a cancellation (gender-specific) by emailing leaders Dinsmore and Marie:


May 29 - 31

Niagara Bike and Hike

This new Bike and Hike trip in the Niagara Region is SOLD OUT. To join the waiting list, email


June 18 - 21

Solstice cycling in the county

Our extended weekend trip to Prince Edward County is SOLD OUT. But there's always a chance of a cancellation. Contact to get on the waiting list.


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

Sign up to kick off this Saturday

They are promising sunny, summer weather for the always popular TBN Spring kick-off breakfast at Etienne Brule Park on Saturday, May 9, where we've got a special focus on safety, and prizes for riders who show off their best safety gear and accessories. We have lots of great prizes this year, including movie passes, tickets to Second City, bike shop gift certificates, and a great prize pack from Reflx, a TBN partner company that specializes in reflective gear to ensure you are seen in the dark. Thursday is the last deadline to register for the event. Also on offer: breakfast, tips, contests and, of course, a full range of great rides.

Cyclon is open 
Registration opened this month for Cyclon, TBN's summer adventure, which takes place in Ottawa for the second successive year. Cyclon will offer rides in Ontario and in Quebec over the August long weekend. See the sidebar for more details.

Other trips are open for registration too, so don't miss out. TBN's popular bicycling adventures fill up fast.

Check out Charlie's
Watch this space for information about a late May open house at Charlie's Freewheels, a downtown Toronto non-profit that uses bicycles to empower and engage the city's youth. TBN gave Charlie's a donation last year, so this will be your chance to see where your money went, and meet the people involved. Check the next Chain of Events for more details.

Bookmark that calendar

Check the calendar section of the TBN website for details of all rides, and remember to revisit the site before you head out, in case your adventure is cancelled on short notice. Ride coordinators will always put safety first and cancel a ride if weather conditions pose a danger.

You can also check the ride schedule on your smartphone at You do not have to sign up for rides. Just show up at the start point and show your membership card to the ride leader.


Ride for Heart
TBN is seeking volunteers at the annual Ride for Heart on a traffic-free Gardiner and Don Valley Parkway, both to greet members and would-be members at our booth, and to act as road ambassadors on the route. TBN has a 20+ year tradition of helping cyclists on what for many is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a great cause. Check this link on the TBN website to be an ambassador, or email if you can help at the booth for an hour or two.

More jersey options, win a prize

Don't forget that we are offering a new range of TBN jersey options this year -- sleeveless, long sleeved, vests, jackets, wind vests, wind jackets. At some point this year, we may just randomly award a gift to a TBN jersey wearer or two, or three.... That could be you!

Check the website for the options, and get your order in soon -- it takes 2-3 months from when you place your order to when you receive your new gear. Check instructions on how to order your new jacket or jersey.

TBN partner discounts

The number of groups partnering with TBN is growing all the time, so check out the retailers and services section of the web site for all the member discounts.

You can help expand the list of TBN partners by visiting your favourite shop and encouraging them to join the program by contacting

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities, including ski trips, skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO and much more. Many small tasks can use an extra set of hands so contact to learn more.

We always need ride leaders and sweeps to make the ride programs 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." Or, email

Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.

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