December 23, 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; here are 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.


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 mulled apple cider. A welcome social on Friday night with snacks and refreshments is followed by a potluck 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. 

It's Santa time

It's just hours to Christmas, so whether you celebrate or not, how-about gifting yourself something bicycle-related this year, perhaps from one of TBN's partner retailer or services.

Or sign up for one of our exciting winter ski trips -- there's space on our Wanakita ski weekend next month for example, and we all know this balmy weather isn't going to last. The white stuff will be here soon enough.

Whatever you do, have fun, and don't forget to take advantage of TBN's winter programs including spinning and skating. Check for all the activities.

Those wonderful volunteers

Special thanks to the volunteers who made all TBN activities possible in 2015. Touring director Dave Mader reports that TBN had 31 proud members of the "Four or More" club -- TBNers who led at least four rides or other events, or helped in other ways, and there may be a few more names once all the rides and other events are tallied. Under new rules, members who serve as a sweep on rides get a half credit toward their total, and you can also earn a full credit by attending the ride leaders workshop in Spring.

Topping the list was Technical Director Ken Miller, with an astounding 44 ride credits -- including 42 credits for leading rides.

What is in it for the "Four or more" club? They are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Night at a pub where the club supplies the munchies. And, if that's not enough, they receive a complimentary TBN membership.

Contact Dave at about volunteering to lead a ride in 2016.

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 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 one more chance to experience the WattsUp program, with a special instructor-led session on January 24 that allows you to measure your 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 

Sales of TBN cycling jerseys, jackets and vests have resumed, with a range of different items at prices starting from $59.40. 

Order now. 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. Order now before prices increase February 1.

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.

Deals, deals, deals

As the cycling season winds down, there are special deals available at some of TBN's retail partners. Discounts, available by showing your membership card, include 15 percent at long-time partner Cyclepath Norco Yonge Eglinton, as well as 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. Coordinators will always put safety first and cancel a ride if weather conditions pose a danger.

You can also check the TBN 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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