Take your cycling season to a new level with these great TBN overnight trips.
July 29 - August 1
Cyclon REGISTRATION CLOSED
Registration is now closed for Cyclon, TBN's flagship weekend event, which takes place in Kingston over the August long weekend. Click here to join the waiting list and let our Cyclon team notify you if a spot becomes available.
Rock Point Relaxer
Our second 2016 camping trip gives you the chance to cycle along the Lake Erie shoreline, starting from Rock Point Provincial Park. Two pancake breakfasts and provisions for two lunches will be provided, while the Saturday night dinner will be potluck. The cost is $40 for TBN members and $45 for non-members. Click here to register.
Thanksgiving in the County
Registration is open for our Thanksgiving weekend in Prince Edward County. Stay in a charming country inn in the small village of Milford, surrounded by the natural beauty of “the County,” with great rides, and options for a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner.
Check the website to register for this trip.
Contact Janet at email@example.com if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN
Save a picnic date
Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at TBN's popular summer barbecue at TooGood Pond in Unionville on August 7. We'll have a range of rides to the picnic site, and then you'll have plenty of time to eat, drink and chat. Please register ahead of time, so we know how much food to order. Click here for more details.
Something for Saturday?
Easy Roller class riders still have time to register for this Saturday's train-bike-boat day trip from St Catharines to Niagara Falls. The 70km route includes bike paths and the trail along the Welland Canal, plus a ferry crossing at Port Robinson. There will be time for dinner in Niagara Falls before returning by train to St Catharines or Toronto. Space is limited. Check the website to register.
Thanksgiving may seem a long way away, but we need a dozen people to sign up for our exciting Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County by the end of this month, or TBN will have to cancel our reservation, and the trip won't run. Check the sidebar and the website for more details of this trip.
Volunteer for volunteers
As mentioned in previous Chain of Events, TBN is looking for someone who can act as a volunteer coordinator, to work closely with the board and match our wonderful TBN volunteers to the tasks that need to be done. Please contact Ian Rankin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TBN learned with sadness of the death of Canadian cycling great Joycelyn Lovell on Friday, June 3. Jocelyn welcomed a group of 30 TBN members into his home last year for a special education event, where he shared stories about his life. "It was magical for all of us," writes past president Arlene Smith. "He shared stories about his racing success, and the road-blocks he had to overcome. His success in cycling and in life came from his focus on what was important."
In lieu of flowers, TBN is making a donation in memory of Jocelyn to the Canadian Spinal Cord Society, a cause that was very dear to Jocelyn -- he was its Canadian president and coordinator.
If you wish to make your own donation in memory of Jocelyn, please visit: www.scsus.org.
TBN on the Go
Re-introducing TBN's mobile app. This new app displays all upcoming rides and events and allow you to check the most current details in advance of the event or while on route. If you have any comments or suggestions about the app, please contact TBN's Technical Director Sandra.email@example.com.
Paceline riding tips
Some of the faster "Tourists" enjoy riding in a paceline. It speeds up the pace and conserves energy. Pacelines are also popular on Wednesday Wheelies and Country Cruises. Find tips here on the Education page of the TBN website. If you end up in a paceline but are unsure what to do, mention it to one of the more experienced cyclists and they'll be happy to guide you along.
Get there with GPS
As you may recall, TBN has a club account with Ride With GPS (RWGPS), which means TBN members can enjoy all the benefits without paying for a premium account. All you need to do is click on this link, and follow the instructions. If you already have a RWGPS account, you're good to go. If not, it takes only a minute or two to set-up a free account.
As long as the ride is listed in the TBN Club section, you will get the following benefits:
- One-click loading of the route to your Garmin device.
- Customize the layout and font-size of the cue sheet PDF to the way you like it.
- Get turn-by-turn directions from the mobile app on your iPhone or select Android smartphones.
- RSVP to rides.
You must be an active TBN member to get access to the free upgrade. If you have questions, please contact Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save with TBN
Dozens of firms, stores and services offer discounts to TBN members, so look at the list here and remember to mention TBN when you shop for gear. Bike Depot just joined the list, with two locations in the GTA.
Remember to re-visit the TBN website before you head out in case your activity is cancelled or changed at short notice. Coordinators will always put safety first and cancel a ride if weather conditions pose a danger. Schedules and start locations can also change so don't rely on the Quick Release newsletter, which may be out of date.
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.
Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.