Join your fellow volunteers at this year's TBN Volunteer Appreciation Night, at the Firkin on Bloor (81 Bloor Street East at Yonge) on Tuesday, January 23 for a night of fun and festivities. Meet other other TBN volunteers, see who won the 'Volunteers of the Year' for 2017 and the President's Award and find out how you can help make 2018 a really great year for TBN. If you have friends who want to volunteer, why not bring them along as well.
Doors open at 6:30 and pub finger food will be available (cash bar). Please register ahead of time, so we know how much food to order.
TBN now offers you the opportunity to print your own membership card and cut down on TBN administrative costs. You will need to access your TBN profile. Use your email and password to log into the TBN website, and then click on your name at the top left of the page. The membership card will appear under Membership Details. If you want a hard copy of the card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
Still space at TBN's spin sessions
Did you resolve to stay fit this winter? TBN's superb indoor cycling training sessions at the downtown Adelaide Club are a fantastic way to do that and get ready for spring cycling. We'd love to have more participants at our next eight-week session, which starts January 17 and runs until March 7. Master spinning instructor and competitive cyclist Carmen Diges carefully develops these progressive classes and regularly tests so participants meet their personal goals. Plus, you'll get a chance to try the Adelaide's new state-of-the-art Stages bikes, with power meter technology.
Classes are from 6:35 to 7:35 p.m on Wednesday nights. The eight-week series is $90 plus HST. Please register with Lauren at 416-367-9957 x 4309 or email@example.com.
You don't have to stay inside this winter. TBN offers weekly skating through the season, visiting different rinks around the city every Friday night, plus Sunday morning city walks along quiet streets and through parks and ravines. Check out the website for more details.
Calling Hairshirt riders
TBN has opened registration for the annual Hairshirt ride, which takes place on Sunday, June 24. Ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls in the morning/afternoon, and back in the afternoon/evening for a total one-day distance of 322km. Check the website for more details of this challenging once-a-year ride.
What's coming up?
A quick note of some of the bike-focused events to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. If you have something to add to this new feature in Chain of Events, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 23: Watch your email for details of TBN's big volunteer appreciation evening.
January/February: TBN ski trips to Wanakita and Wolf Den. Details on the website.
February 3: Cycle Toronto hosts its annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride. The event starts at 11:30 am at Alexander the Great Parkette (Danforth Ave at Logan Ave), and continues with a short, family-friendly ride starting at noon. Click here for details.
March 2-4: Toronto International Bike Show. TBN will have a booth at the show, and we'll be looking for volunteers to help answer questions from visitors. More details coming early next year in Chain of Events.
May: TBN cycling trips to New York, Kentucky and the Niagara region. Details on the website.
June 3: Ride for Heart. It's never too early to start fundraising for this annual event, which gives you a chance to ride your bike along the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, along with tens of thousands of other riders.
June 24: TBN's annual Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt ride. Registration is open now.
September: More TBN trips, to Quebec and to Vermont.
After more years than the current Chain of Events staff can remember, fees for TBN membership will rise from January 1 to keep finances stable as costs rise. This means, for example, that the renewal fee for a single member will go up to $40 from $35. Respondents to TBN's 2017 membership survey described TBN as excellent value for money and they were open to higher fees.
Whistlers Bar and Grill has hosted TBN's annual meeting (and dinner dance) more often than any other venue in the club's long history. But Whistlers is closing for good in 2018, and we're looking for new ideas for a location to help us celebrate the year,. Please email social director Susan Bishop at email@example.com if you have suggestions for a venue for the 2018 event.
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.
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.