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October 18, 2017

Get early bird pricing for TBN annual dance

You have just over a week to get early bird pricing for TBN's annual meeting and dinner dance, to be held at Whistlers Bar and Grill just north of Broadview subway station on Saturday, November 4. This is your chance to elect the new TBN board and meet the volunteers who are behind everything that TBN does. Learn about TBN's priorities for the year ahead, and enjoy food, drink (cash bar) and great company, with a choice of menus for vegetarians and meat-eaters. Register before October 26 for the early bird pricing - $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Price goes up to $40 for members and $50 for non-members on October 27

Check the website for more details.


Fall Programs

Our program of City Walks has started up again, offering sociable walks along quiet Toronto streets and surprisingly rural ravine trails with your TBN buddies. The walks start and end at TTC stations, and there's always at least one coffee stop.


And Sunday October 29 sees the first of our series of out-of town fall hikes, circular, rural routes starting from close to the big city.

Please note we're still seeking a leader for November 26, the last fall hike of the season. Contact coordinator Vicki Bondy at hiking@tbn.ca if you can help. She'll even let you pick the destination.


Travel with TBN

The board has listened to the feedback from this year's member survey, which included requests for more TBN trips. And we're responding. There will be more weekend and multi-day trips next season, and more variety. Keep a close eye on the overnight trips section of the TBN website for details.

The extra trips will also offer more opportunities for TBN members to volunteer. Contact TBN president Ian Rankin if you want to help.

Wanakita January 12-14

Spend two nights at the comfortable YMCA Camp Wanakita on beautiful Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Friday snacks and five delicious meals are included in the cost of $234 for members and $246 for non-members. Activities include classic skiing on 25km of onsite groomed trails, snowshowing (showshoes provided) and skating on the lake (bring your own skates). There's also toboganing, and a night ski to a bonfire. 

Registration for this Jan 12-14 trip will open on October 29 for TBN members, and on November 12 for non-members. Check the Overnight trips page of the website soon for details and to register.

Wolf Den February 2-4

Register here for our Feb 2-4 weekend ski trip to Wolf Den, near the entrance to Algonquin Park. The weekend price of $100 for members and $110 for non members includes accommodation, Friday night food, two pancake breakfasts and supplies for sandwich lunches. Saturday dinner is a potluck. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are both available.

Contact Jeannie 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. 


What's TBN up to?

Did you know that there's tons of information about TBN's policies and priorities on the website, and we'll soon have lots of information about what will be coming up at the annual meeting too? Check the About TBN section of the website for information about the board and for minutes of past board meetings. Note, you must be logged in as a TBN member to access certain documents, including the minutes.

Riding unofficially

The weather has been more like September than October right now, with a few days of June and August thrown into the mix. That means several groups are extending their cycling season. Watch the TBN Forum and the TBN Facebook page for details on unofficial rides and other events. In fact, anyone can organize an unofficial ride; you do not have to be a ride leader. (Note that TBN insurance does not cover unofficial rides.)

High Park Ski Club

High Park Ski Club welcomes TBN members at their Trips night on Thursday, October 19th at 7pm at the Raiders E-Sports Centre at 439 St Clair Avenue West.

The evening is a chance to find out about HPSC's Alpine and Nordic ski day and overnight trips ahead of their October 26 sign-up date for overnight trips. High Park's Alpine programs comprise downhill skiing and snowboarding, while the Nordic ones are for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If you join the club at the event, you will be eligible to sign up for trips. In case you miss first event, HPSC has a second new members night November 23 at Raiders.

Learn more about High Park Ski Club here.

Keep in shape this Fall and Winter at WattsUp

TBN will soon post details about its 2017-18 Spinning sessions at the Adelaide Club downtown, a long time TBN off-season tradition.

TBN also offers another option for those in the west or east end of the city. WattsUp Cycling is offering a 10% discount to any new customers who sign up as of November 1, 2017. WattsUp Cycling offers a structured yet personal and effective winter training program in a social environment with like-minded individuals. At WattsUp Cycling, you ride your own bike on a CompuTrainer. 


Free open houses are offered as follows: 

Leaside: October 25-31 per this schedule

Etobicoke: a complimentary week of riding before committing, anytime.

 

Reminders

Rides starting later

With the cooler fall weather, some TBN rides are starting later than during the summer months -- both the Sunday Tourist ride and the Wednesday Wheelies now start at 10am. Check the website for details of these rides, and of all the other activities that TBN is offering. 

Ride the Big Apple

Do you want to help TBN explore the possibility of a trip to the massive Five-Boro-Bike ride in New York next year? The event, which takes place on the first Sunday in May, takes 32,000 cyclists along a relaxed-pace 40-mile (65-km) route through New York City's five boroughs. You'll cross bridges that are usually closed for bicycles, and ride along traffic-free streets in the company of thousands of others, with music along the way and a big party at the end. Click the link for a short video of the tour.

Please contact Dan Richards if you are interested in joining a small committee to look at the options for TBN participation in the ride.

Deals and special offers on bike stuff, tours, rides, and so on

TBN partners offer great deals for our members. Discounts are also available at numerous bike stores, special bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners. 

Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at any TBN discount partner. 


As always, check the TBN website for details of all the rides and other events that are coming up, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather, or other factors beyond our control.


Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures.

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