June 3, 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


Registration for this trip closed on June 2. However, a few places may still be available. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jimmy Yeung at tnto@tbn.ca.


July 3-5

Presqu'ile cycling/camping

Only four spots remain for this popular three-day trip of camping and cycling in scenic Prince Edward County. Fee of $40 includes two pancake breakfasts and provisions for two sandwich lunches. Check the website right away to register.


June 18 - 21

Solstice cycling in the county

Our extended weekend trip to Prince Edward County is SOLD OUT. Contact brendastrips@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.


September 7 - 9

Discovering Pelee

Watch the website for more details and for registration to open for this cycling and camping trip at Ontario’s southernmost point.


September 12 - 14

Simcoe Circle

Enjoy a little luxury with this late summer trip, organized by Cycle Canada exclusively for TBN. The trip circles Lake Simcoe in three days, averaging about 100k a day.  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.


Save the dates:

Sep. 11-13 Wolf Den 

Check the Overnight Trips page of the website soon for details about these and other trips currently being finalized.


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.

Be nice to bikes

The Ontario legislature has passed new laws on distracted driving, which should make life much easier for cyclists and help police prosecute drivers who don't watch out. Among other things, the law means cars must give bikes one metre of space, where possible, and it makes it legal for us to ride on paved shoulders on most Provincial highways (although not on 400-series highways like the DVP). Oh, and it's now legal to ride with a blinking rear light. Hands up those who didn't know it was illegal before.

All those rides

You're spoiled for choice with TBN's rides right now, with rides on offer on almost every day of every week. Take a look at the online schedule. Among the rides of note is this Sunday's 221km Advanced Tourist ride to the Kawartha Lakes  -- it will make the long version of the annual TNTO seem so easy. Please register ahead of time for this ride, and note that the ride starts at the unusually early hour of 7:30am.

TBN offers shorter distances too -- check out the Tuesday Ravine rides for a leisurely, good-company jaunt along Toronto bike paths that you never knew existed.

Cyclon in Ottawa

Register now for Cyclon, TBN's summer adventure, which takes place in Ottawa for the second successive year. Cyclon will offer rides in Ontario and 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.

322km anyone?

Many of you know about the legendary one-day Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt Classic. Will this be your 15th year, your 3rd, or maybe even your first? Register for what was recently voted one of the top 10 endurance cycling adventures in Canada.

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 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 gear. Check instructions on how to order your new jacket or jersey.

TBN partners 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 encouraging your favourite shop to join the program by contacting publicity@tbn.ca.

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

Don't forget 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 www.tbn.ca/mobile.

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.

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 president@tbn.ca 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 touring@tbn.ca.

TBN 2014 financial statements are available here.

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