Get a jump start on cycling season with the first of TBN's Spring/Summer trips.
May 20 - May 23
Niagara Hike and Bike
Our Niagara trip is almost full, with just one slot for a male participant who will share a suite with another male rider (two single rooms). Contact Carl Friesen at email@example.com to fill that slot or to join the waiting list.
June 18 - June 19
Registration is open for the always popular two-day adventure from Toronto to Niagara Falls and back. Take the long route, from Toronto's High Park for back-to-back rides of over 160km each day, or the shorter version from Stoney Creek near Hamilton. The price includes motel and baggage transfer for this challenging, unsupported ride.
July 29 - August 1
Cylon, TBN's flagship weekend event, takes place in historic Kingston, with rides, meals and a fabulous banquet. Click here for details. Early bird pricing ends on May 31, so register soon.
Contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.
Finally Spring is here
TBN rides are up and running, with routes along trails, roads and everything in between. Enjoy the spring weather, and come out and try new rides and meet new people. Remember we've got group rides virtually every day of the week, with an abundance to choose from every Sunday. For those new to cycling and for those who just want a refresher, we'll be offering some great training sessions for free; see below for details.
Don't forget to check the TBN website before you head out, in case of cancellation due to inclement weather, or a potential change to start location or route.
Start the season in style
Even though some of us will have already been on rides for a few weeks, you will not want to miss TBN's spring kickoff, which is just over two weeks away, on Saturday, May 7. We're offering a free breakfast, handy tips from Velofix, info from Cycle Toronto; all followed by rides at different speeds and lengths.
Bring a non-member guest (no cost) to show them what TBN is all about and you will both be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate from a local bike shop. We'll be doing other prize giveaways as well.
Don't miss this celebration, at Etienne Brule Park, just down the hill from the Old Mill subway station. Breakfast starts at 9am, and rides will depart between 1030 and 11am.
Please register in advance so we know how much food to order.
Skills and safety
Learn how to improve your cycling skills and become a safer and more confident rider with a two-evening session of classroom and on-the-road instructions. Learn and practice basic riding skills, including navigating around streetcar and railroad tracks, how to signal your intentions to fellow riders in a group, and emergency evasive techniques. The course will take place on May 9 and May 16 at the Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Avenue East.
Please register for the sessions and note that participants must commit to attend both sessions.
Cyclon and TNT
Both Cyclon and the two-day TNT (Toronto-Niagara-Toronto) adventure are open for registration. Sign up for Cyclon before May 31 to take advantage of the early bird price, while early registrants for TNT will be entered into a draw for some great prizes. See sidebar for details.
As a new service, Chain of Events will occasionally feature websites of general interest to cyclists, some of which may be Canada/Ontario focused, and some of which will look further afield. If you have sites to add, please email email@example.com.
Here's a few to start with:
Crazy Guy on a Bike -- Low tech cycling blogs from cyclists in every corner of the globe, including quite a few from TBN. Even if you can't be bothered to read the words, check out the pictures, and take a look at the comment pages.
Adventure Cycling --
The Granddaddy of U.S. long-distance cycling, and the compiler of routes from east to west, from north to south and from point to point in between.
-- Sign up to host a travelling cyclist in your home (or to have someone camping on your lawn), and sign up to stay with like-minded people around the world when you're travelling by bike.
Order a TBN jersey before April 29
The next deadline to order one of those super stylish and durable jerseys is next Friday, April 29. This will ensure you have it by early June, otherwise, it will be part of a subsequent production run later in summer. Details here.
Spread the word
Tell all your friends that TBN is waiving the guest fee during the entire month of May. We want everyone to experience the joy of cycling with the great members that make up our club.
Also, if you have a friend that is a non member, but who you think might enjoy receiving these Chain of Events emails, please direct that person to www.tbn.ca/subscribe.
Please check your profile on the TBN website to ensure its up to date. If you move, or change any other information including email address, phone number, emergency contacts or anything else, please take a couple of minutes to edit your profile. Also remember to check off the activities and rides you typically do. Sometimes an important email is sent only to those people who checked a certain ride program box (eg news about a Saturday Morning Ride may be sent to those who check off that box). Log on to your account, click "view profile" at the top right of the screen, and edit away. Please also ensure you have checked off the box for Terms & Conditions.
This is also where you can offer to volunteer. As you know, TBN relies on volunteers for all its activities. If you can help, please complete that section.
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 do not have to sign up for rides. Just show up at the start point and show your membership card to the ride leader.
Bring out a friend; non members pay $5 (except May, when guest rider fees will be waived)
Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.