June 17, 2015

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

Check the website for the most up-to-date information on all TBN overnight trips. Here are some of the exciting treats we have in store for you.



Early bird pricing ends on Friday. Check the website to register. 

September 7 - 9

Discovering Pelee

Registration opens on Saturday June 20 for this Labour Day cycling and camping trip to Ontario's southernmost point, known for its birds, its wine and its agriculture. Check the website for more details of this exciting trip.


September 12 - 14

Simcoe Circle

This exciting, fully supported trip around Lake Simcoe could be cancelled unless at least 8 TBN members register by June 30. The Cycle Canada trip circles the lake in three days, averaging about 100km a day. The $395 price includes two nights of hotel accommodation, plus breakfasts, two guides, a SAG wagon with snacks, and maps. Check the Cycle Canada website to enroll.


July 3-5

Presqu'ile cycling/camping

Our camping/cycling trip in Prince Edward County is SOLD OUT. Email presquile@tbn.ca to get on the waiting list.


Save the date:

Sep. 11-13 Wolf Den 

Check the Overnight Trips page of the website soon for details about this 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.

Cyclon calling

Act now to get early-bird pricing for this year's Cyclon, which takes place in Ottawa from July 31 to August 3. Enjoy great riding in Ontario and Quebec for all levels of cyclists. Register by Friday to get the early bird pricing -- the cost increases $50 after that.

Other trips are open for registration too, so check the sidebar for details. TBN's popular bicycling adventures fill up fast.

Remember the picnic
Sign up now for TBN's summer picnic at TooGood Pond in Unionville on August 9, with rides of varying length to get there. It's a free picnic, but we do ask you to register ahead of time so we can determine how many burgers and veggie burgers to order.


Check out Charlies

Toronto bicycle group Charlie's Freewheels is looking for volunteers to help lead rides, oversee bicycle maintenance sessions and otherwise offer support to the young people visiting their Queen Street workshop. Charlie's is a Toronto non-profit organization that TBN has helped in the past. They teach underprivileged kids in the Regent Park area to build up a bike, which belongs to them when it's completed. It's a chance to mentor young people, and to contribute directly to Toronto's bicycle community. As a volunteer you get access to the shop and its tools, plus a discount on new parts after you've completed 30 hours of volunteering. Contact info@charliesfreewheels.ca if you can help.

Vulnerable users

The tragic rash of cycling deaths and non-fatal collisions with cars highlights the need for Ontario to introduce a Vulnerable Road User law, that holds reckless and negligent motorists responsible for their actions. A law like this puts an extra legal burden on motorists who kill or injure cyclists or pedestrians -- they need to prove that they were driving responsibly. And it forces convicted motorists to attend court, rather than just sending a lawyer, so they learn about the damages they've caused, and face surviving victims. Click here to sign the petition urging Ontario to bring in this type of Vulnerable Road Users law.

Summer Quick Release Coming Soon

Check the website soon for the summer issue of Quick Release, our thrice yearly wrap-up of all things TBN. A downloadable version will be posted on the home page of the TBN website. For those that opted in, a printed copy will arrive in your mail box shortly.

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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