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April 11, 2018


All ride programs are ready to roll

It's mid April already, and all TBN's ride programmes up and running, from the social, gently paced Ravine Rides and Leisure Wheeler adventures to the fastest Tourist rides. But the weather has not cooperated, and we've had to cancel a number of this season's rides. Don't forget to check the website before you head out for a ride, to be sure that your ride is still happening.



Vaughan subway: shrink the sprawl 

TBN is proud to announce its first ride from the TTC's new Vaughan terminus this Sunday, a new start point that will eliminate some 10km of suburban riding. For this briskly paced Tourist ride, we have three distances to choose from, all passing through Kleinburg, and two of them lunching in Bolton. Come along on Sunday and check things out.
 


Eat, drink and ride merry

Join TBN consultant, coach and medical researcher Fred Yagi to talk about hydration and nutritional needs for a bicycle ride. Fred will explain what you should be eating and drinking before, during and after a ride, what to do if you experience dehydration or overhydration, and review various energy products and labelling practices. Register now for the session, which takes place at 630pm on April 17 at the Northern District Library.



Sign up now for TBN's kickoff breakfast

Register now for TBN's May 12 kickoff breakfast, which takes place at Etienne Brule Park, on the popular Humber River bike trail. If you are interested in joining the club, this is your chance to come out and try one of our TBN rides at no cost. Rides will be available at different levels. You may be lucky and win a prize! This event is free, but we ask you to register ahead of time so we know how much food to order.

 

Ride for Heart for free as a TBN ambassador

TBN is seeking volunteers to act as ambassadors at the Ride For Heart, which opens the multi-lane Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway up to cyclists for a single day. Ambassadors help riders with flat tires or mechanical problems and act as the "eyes and ears" of the popular fundraising event. Please check the TBN website to register to help. Ride for Heart waives its entry fee for TBN ambassadors.




The bicycle ABC: Got any cool cycling tips for us?

Check out the new cycle tips section on the TBN website, including useful videos on the ABC of every bicycle trip -- the key things you should check before you ride (Air+tires, Brakes+handlebars and Chain+crank). If you have suggestions for additional articles or you read a tip that you disagree with, let us know at publicity@tbn.ca

Travel with TBN

TBN is offering a big range of multi-day bicycle trips this year, so start planning your bicycle vacations now.  See the overnight trips section of the TBN website for more details.

Toronto-Niagara-Toronto, June 16-17 

Challenge yourselves with our 2-day ride from Toronto or Stony Creek to Niagara Falls, and back, an event that's now in its 25th year. The route features exhilarating ride along the Niagara Parkway and a return through picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, with a couple of climbs up the escarpment to add excitement. Registration opens April 1 for members, and April 15 for non-members.

GO to GO Tour , June 21-24 

No car? No problem! Take your bike on the GO train to Mount Pleasant Station in Brampton and leave your luggage with the support vehicle for our four-day trip to Burlington, Stratford and the Halton Hills. The ride finishes at Aldershot GO station in Burlington. See the website for more details.

Midland History Bike Tour, July 20 – 24 , 2018

Ride into history on a relaxed 4-day tour starting at Georgian College in Barrie. You'll explore Ontario’s first European settlement and First Nations heritage, and then ride the Georgian Bay shoreline and visit a lighthouse and marine museum at Port McNicholl before riding through Orillia back. This trip includes a support vehicle and has GO train options. See the website for details.

Camping weekend August 24-26

Watch the website for details of Paul and Brenda's annual camping/cycling weekend, at a location that's yet to be decided. 

Eastern Townships/Vermont Sept 15 – 21 

TBN and Velo Quebec are offering a 6-day tour in the Eastern Townships and Vermont this fall. This tour includes a support vehicle, an experienced guide trained in first aid and bicycle mechanics, and well-designed and tested routes. The package includes 6 breakfasts, one 3-course dinner and comfortable 2-3 star hotels/motels. Registration is open now.

Wolf Den Sept 14 - 16

Details will be coming soon for our fall cycling trip to Wolf Den lodge, near Algonquin Park.

New trip ideas?

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


Reminders

Ride leader clinic

You can still show up for TBN's annual ride leaders' workshop at the downtown Ralph Thornton Centre on Queen Street East on Wednesday April 11. Learn the important points of leading rides, and what you can do to make each ride a perfect experience for TBN members. 

Hairshirt calling: TBN's ultimate challenge

Registration is open 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. Cyclists from ages 16 to 76 have completed this ride. Register here for this challenging once-a-year ride.

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

TBN partners offer great deals for our members, with discounts at numerous bike stores, bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners.

Special things to note this spring:

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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