July 20, 2016

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

Take your cycling season to a new level with these great TBN overnight trips. 


July 29 - August 1


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 our Cyclon team will notify you if a spot becomes available.


August 19-21

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.

October 7-10

Thanksgiving in the County

Registration is open for our Thanksgiving weekend in Prince Edward County. Enjoy a 3-night stay in a charming country inn in the small village of Milford, surrounded by the natural beauty of “the County,” with great rides (including a ferry ride to one of the starting points), awesome breakfasts and the option to enjoy a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner.

Check the website to register for this trip.


Contact Janet 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

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 details.

Cyclon - check your email

The Cyclon committee recently emailed information about your weekend adventure in Kingston. If you registered and did not receive the email, please check your spam filter or contact cyclon@tbn.ca. Another email with important information will be deployed in the next few days.

Think Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may seem a long way away to make plans, but we still need a few more people to sign up for our exciting Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County. We must have 12 registrants by July 31 in order to secure the inn. There is room for 18 people in total, so there may still be vacancies in August, but no guarantees. Check the sidebar and the website for more details of this very scenic trip in a region renown for cycling.

Ride and GO home

Watch the website for details of our two Niagara-GO Home rides, where you ride to Niagara and return by GO Train. Tourist riders will get their chance on August 13, with Urban Rollers following at a less brisk pace on August 20.

We might also run a second annual Barrie-GO Home trip in late August for Tourist class riders. Details to come on the website, and by email to members who have checked "tourist" in their profiles.

Quick Release online

The summer edition of Quick Release is now available online, so please take a look at the news, pictures, events, and see the President's message. 

Please note that the Fall/Winter edition will be released in October, but online only -- there will be no printed and mailed-out copy. The TBN website has undergone considerable improvements in recent years and is now your primary source for ride schedules and all things TBN. Ride schedules listed in Quick Release may change after press date and you may end up at the wrong place and perhaps at the wrong time too.

We are grateful to Alexandra Djukic for her outstanding work as Quick Release editor over the last two years.

Unfortunately, Alexandra is stepping down and so we are seeking a replacement for 2017. If you want to volunteer to produce and edit what will become an annual magazine, please contact publicity@tbn.ca.

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 president@tbn.ca for more information.


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.wong@tbn.ca.

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:

  1. One-click loading of the route to your Garmin device.
  2. Customize the layout and font-size of the cue sheet PDF to the way you like it.
  3. Get turn-by-turn directions from the mobile app on your iPhone or select Android smartphones.
  4. 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 tourist@tbn.ca

Save with TBN

Dozens of firms, stores and services offer discounts to TBN members, so check here and remember to mention TBN when you shop for gear. 

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.

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