November 16th, 2016

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

TBN has three ski trips coming up this winter. Here are some of the details.

Wanakita Ski Weekend
Jan 13-Jan 15

There's still space on our January ski trip, based at YMCA Camp Wanakita in the Haliburton Highlands. Activities include classic cross-country skiing on 25km of groomed trails, as well as snowshoeing, skating and tobogganing. Check the website for details, and to register for this trip.


Wolf Den Ski and Snowshoe WAITLIST
Feb 24-Feb 26

Our weekend trip to the rustic Wolf Den Bunkhouse 'n Cabins near the entrance to Algonquin Park is full already. Contact to put your name on the waiting list.


Feb 24-26

Registration is open for our ski and snowshoe extravaganza to Arrowhead Provincial Park, based at the Tulip Inn in Huntsville. Sign up early, as the inn will start selling rooms to other customers on January 1. 


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

Meet your board

Everyone welcome your new TBN board of directors, elected at the annual general meeting earlier this month. There are several new faces, so feel free to introduce yourself if you see them at a TBN ride or event. The annual meeting also gave members a chance to review our finances for the past year and ask questions of the Treasurer and the President. 

Pictured from left to right: Ian Rankin (president), Bob Scott (secretary), Ed Weiss (communications), Peter Middleton (co-treasurer), Dave Mader (touring), Susan Bishop (social), Peggy Kiely (co-treasurer), Andrea Calver (Cyclon), Sandra Wong (technical). Board members not pictured are Joey Schwartz (advocacy), Jeannie Lee (weekend trips) and Wilma Sanson and Donna Van (education co-directors).

And then there was cake, and then dancing.

Volunteer(s) of the year

Paul Price and Brenda Sweet  are volunteers of the year for 2016, an award that celebrates much more than the help they offered to the club and its members over the past 12 months. Paul and Brenda have been club stalwarts for years, including a long stint as secretaries, and they organize popular skiing and cycling/camping trips each year. They are technical wizards too -- a fantastic photo compilation of TBN activities was Paul's offering to the annual meeting.

More fall fun

Toronto's fall programs are up and running with city walks, and the country hikes, both of which are attracting large numbers of participants, given the crisp fall days we've been enjoying on the weekends. Check out the website, and come and join a hike.

There are a few more tourist class rides to come as well, so check out the season's final Sunday Tourist and Wednesday Wheelies excursions. Skating evenings begin this coming Friday, and the winter spinning program kicks off on November 23.

Check TBNs calendar of events for everything that's coming up.

Watts Up?

Compete against other riders on a computer-simulated cycling course at a complimentary session at indoor cycling program Watts Up on November 27. You'll ride your own bicycle, and you can see your cycling metrics, live on the big screen. If you value the fitness you gained over the cycling season and want to be sure not to lose conditioning during the winter, you won't want to miss this opportunity. Click here to register.

Did you see our video? Want to help?

Have you checked out the video on the TBN home page yet, with pictures of some of the beautiful places TBNers have visited, and comments from some of our members on what the club means to them? The video is a good start, but we are seeking a volunteer with production and editing skills to produce a new video to further publicize the club and attract new members. Contact Ed at if you think you can help.

Seeking sociable social secretary soul

TBN is already known as the most social cycling club in the GTA, and we're looking for someone to help making it even more social. TBN is seeking a co-director for social events as we try to up the ante and offer more events for your enjoyment. If you like making new friends on rides, hiking, walking or skating and enjoy organizing social events, then please contact Ian at

Edit your Quick Release in 2017 

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is now available online. 

Starting in 2017, Quick Release will become an annual publication to be issued in March, with more of a focus on features and stories, and a preview of the upcoming season. Ride schedules will no longer be printed in Quick Release. TBN is seeking an editor for 2017, so if you wish to produce and edit what should become an annual keepsake, please contact


Ride with GPS

Most TBN rides are available on Ride with GPS as well as with paper maps and cue sheets. But you can also enjoy benefits of RWGPS premium membership without paying for a premium account? Just 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 get the following benefits:

  1. One-click loading of the route to your Garmin device.
  2. You can 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. And you can 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

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

Check before you ride

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 a friend; non members pay $5.

And finally,  click the TTC link below to learn about weekend closures; you don't want to be late to a TBN event.

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

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