December 9, 2015

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

TBN's winter ski trips are filling up fast, but there's still space on all three adventures, so check out the web site, and get ready to sign up. Here are some of the details.


Jan. 15 -17

Wanakita Ski Weekend

Spend two nights on beautiful Koshlong Lake near Haliburton. Package includes 5 meals and activities such as classic skiing on 25 km of onsite groomed trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating on the lake, toboganning, a night ski to a bonfire and lots more. Only $213 (member rate). Registration is open, for members.


Feb. 19 - 21

Arrowhead Ski & Snowshoe Extravaganza

The package includes two nights at the Tulip Inn near Huntstville, daily ski tickets and breakfasts. Enjoy various levels and lengths of ski, snowshoe and hiking trails and then warm up by the fireplace with complimentary mulled apple cider. A welcome social on Friday night with snacks and refreshments is followed by a potlock dinner on Saturday. All this for only $180. Registration is open now.


Feb. 26 - 28: Wolf Den

Registration is now open for our February weekend at the rustic Wolf Den Bunkhouse 'n Cabins at the edge of Algonquin Park. The weekend price of $95 for TBN members and $105 for non members includes two nights in the lodge, Friday night snacks, two pancake breakfasts, and supplies for two sandwich style lunches. Saturday evening will be a pot luck (group) dinner.
Check the website for details and to register for this trip.


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

Still plenty to do

The official cycling program is over for this year, but TBN has spinning , Skating and City Walks  programs for your enjoyment. Check for all the activities, including our usual array of education, social and other events that keep TBN members active all year long.

Bicycle tourism

Join photographer and bicycle adventurer Dave Trattles (Canadian Geographic, Macleans, National Archives of Canada) for an evening of stories, photographs and life experiences on Thursday, December 17. Dave has travelled via bicycle through 70 countries over 20 years, and will explain why he cycles and how he engages with the community. Dave also organizes bicycle adventures -- he has a trip planned to India in January (see TBN Retailers & Services directory).

The event takes place at Deer Park Library at 40 St Clair Ave East (north east corner of Yonge and St Clair) from 7pm to 930pm. This event is free, but please sign up on the TBN website, so we know how many people are coming.

Cyclon turns 30

Cyclon, TBN's flagship multi-day cycling event, turns 30 this year, with the next Cyclon scheduled for historic and beautiful Kingston in August, 2016. You can be a part of the story. Help TBN and help Cyclon by designing a new Cyclon logo. The deadline for submissions is February 29 and the winner will receive a $100 credit towards their next Cyclon event. Details will soon be posted to the TBN website and future editions of this email.

What's WattsUp

WattsUp Cycling Studio in Etobicoke is offering a chance to experience the WattsUp program in action on January 24, with a special instructor-led session that allows you to measure your actual exertion on your bike. It's like a Spin class, but much more informative.

Check the Education page of the TBN website for details on how to register for this session. There are only 16 spaces per session, and a minimum of 8 registrants is required for each session to proceed.

Get your jersey before the price hike

Sales of TBN cycling jerseys, jackets and vests have resumed, with a range of different items starting from $59.
Prices will increase 4-7 percent December 15, so get your order in as soon as possible. We need 10 orders to start a production run, and then it's about 8-10 weeks delivery, so you can have your new jersey long before the spring biking season starts.

Details here.

Vote for TBN as best bike club

Voting is now open for the Get Out There Magazine Readers' Choice awards, so vote early (and often?) to help TBN keep its 2014 prize as the best bike club in Eastern Canada. The link to vote is here.

This is your TBN board for the coming year

President: Ian Rankin (
Treasurer: Peter Middleton and Peggy Keiley (
Secretary: Jean O'Grady (
Advocacy: Joey Schwartz (
Communications: Ed Weiss (
Cyclon: Lise Dulong (
Education: Donna Van and Wilma Sanson (
Overnight trips: Janet Guttsman (
Past president: Arlene Smith
Social: Susan Bishop (
Technical: Ken Miller (
Touring: Dave Mader (

Deals, deals, deals

As the cycling season winds down, there are special deals available at some of TBN's retail partners. Long-time partner Cyclepath Norco Yonge Eglington has a great selection of fall/winter cycling attire to keep you warm. Remember, TBN members get a 15 percent discount at Cyclepath -- simply show your membership card when you make your purchase.

Check out our other partners too for TBN member discounts and deals including some great travel company offers to destinations like Italy and India.


Remember to re-visit the TBN website before you head out in case your activity 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.

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

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