July 24, 2019

Get better on the hills

For those who missed it last time, TBN is offering a second hill climb workshop, with tips and tricks for getting better when you go uphill. Learn more about gearing and about where to position yourself on the bike in this July 29 evening session, which is perfect preparation for some of Cyclon's hillier rides. Space is limited. Register now on the TBN website. Please note: you will need a road bike with dropped bars, along with clip-in shoes, a helmet and appropriate clothing for cycling.


New picnic ride options: register now

TBN is offering six different routes to the annual picnic this year, including a new 8am start, and rides with distances from 40km to almost 90 km. Check the website for details of the rides and the event, which takes place on August 11 at Toogood Pond in Markham. The picnic and its barbecue lunch are free, but we do ask riders to register ahead of time so we know how much food to buy. If you've got the new TBN jersey, please wear it for a group picture.

If you're not riding, and can help organizer Susan Bishop, please email her at social@tbn.ca.

Travel with TBN 


Registration is closed for Cyclon 2019 in Waterloo. Watch the website in case someone has a last minute slot for sale.

Goderich Getaway: Aug 23-25 WAITLIST ONLY

Our cycling weekend at Camp Kintail Conference Centre on Lake Huron is full, but you can still join the waiting list. Check the TBN website for details.

Wolf Den: September 13-15 STILL SPACE

There's still space on our always popular fall trip to Wolf Den nature retreat. Enjoy quiet hikes and pretty bike rides on the edge of Algonquin Park. More details on the website.  

Thanksgiving in Madawaska: October 12-14 COMING SOON

Watch the website for details of our planned cycling trip to Madawaska over the Thanksgiving weekend. We'll be based at the Madawaska Kanu Centre, just south of Algonquin Park, where you can camp, or stay in lodge or dormitory accommodation. 

Fitz Fall hiking: October 18-20 WAITLIST ONLY

Check out the TBN website to join the waitlist for our sold-out trip to the quaint Fitz Hostel on Lion Head. 

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.


Sunday Tourist rides are back

After our successful Canada Day trial run, TBN's subway-starting Sunday Tourist rides are back. We're running two rides each week, a longer Tourist A ride for faster riders and a slightly more leisurely Tourist B ride. The rides start at a city subway station and head out into the countryside -- perfect for people without a car, or riders who want to reduce their carbon footprint or avoid GTA traffic jams. Details are on the TBN website.

GO to Niagara Falls

Our long summer rides to Niagara Falls are on the agenda again for 2019, with the Tourist-class 166km special scheduled for August 17 and the 151km advanced Urban Roller version on August 24. You'll ride through lakefront parks and on quiet bike lanes, and reach Niagara Falls in time for the evening GO train back to Toronto.

Space on the bike train is limited. You must register ahead of time to join these rides.

Buying at a discount

Many bike stores in the Toronto area offer hefty discounts for TBN members, as do a number of bicycle related services. Check the website for the full list. 

What's coming up

During the cycling season, Chain of Events offers a quick summary of some events over the coming weeks and months. Please email the editor at coe@tbn.ca if there are cycling-related items you would like us to add.

July 29: Hill Climbing 101

August 2-5Cyclon

August 10: St Catharines to Niagara Falls GO home

August 11: Toogood Pond picnic

August 17: Toronto-Niagara Falls GO home (Tourist version)

August 24: Toronto-Niagara Falls GO home (Urban Roller version)

August 23-25: Goderich Getaway

August 24: Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

September 8: Alan Gordon Metric Century ride

September 13-15: Wolf Den cycling/hiking/kayaking weekend

October 18-20: Fitz Hostel fall hiking weekend

As always, check the TBN website for details of all rides and other events, 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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