December 7, 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. But you can still go to the online signup page 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

Tis the season

With the days closing in, and the first flakes of snow, it's time to dream of Christmas, and Christmas gifts, so why not look at TBN's retail partners for a bicycle related gift this year. Many bicycle stores offer end-of-season deals at this time of year, and things look even better if you can get a TBN discount too. Check out the website to find partners offering deals on bikes, accessories and even trips and bicycle art.

Homes for the holidays

The TBN website gives you all the details of events coming up this winter, but forgive us a special shout out to the evening City Walk on December 17, which gives you a chance to explore some of the weird and wonderful ways that people light up their homes for the holiday season.

Don't forget the trips

Our three winter ski trips are all open for registration -- and one of them is full already. Check out the side bar and the website for details of how to sign up or how to join the waitlist for adventures in wonderful winter wonderlands.

Embrace the winter

TBN's cycling programs have ended for the winter, although there's always the chance of a late-notice unofficial ride if we get one of those wonderful warm winter days -- details will be posted on the website, and likely also on TBN's Facebook page. But we've still got spinning, city walks and skating for your winter enjoyment. Check the website for more details.

Sad farewell

We are very sad to report that David Peebles, the creator and organizer of TBN's Tuesday Ravine Rides, passed away on December 3 after a long struggle with cancer. David started the Ravine Rides in 2002, targeting those he described as "freelancers, shift workers, people between jobs, retirees and ne'er-do-wells," and searching out bakeries and coffee shops for the end of the cycling adventures. David's efforts were publicly recognized at the AGM in 2013 when he was selected TBN's Volunteer of the Year.

There will be a celebration of David's life on December 19th at the Friends Meeting House on Lowther Avenue, two blocks north of Bloor Street. For more details about David's role with TBN, please see the special tribute page on the TBN website. David will be sorely missed.


Seeking sociable social secretary

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

Quick Release Newsletter - Was that the final issue?

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is now available online. However, this may be the final issue as there is currently no editor in place.

We encourage one or two TBN members to show us their creative chops and ensure Quick Release is published in 2017. The plan is for Quick Release to become an annual publication to be issued in March, with a focus on features and stories, and a preview of the upcoming season. Ride schedules will no longer be printed in Quick Release. Please contact to volunteer.

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

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