July 16, 2014

Chain of Events

Bi-weekly e-newsletter of the latest events, news and activities

Overnight trips

Get away on one of our popular overnight trips. There are just four spaces left for the Simcoe Circle trip, for example, so remember to sign up early. Watch this space for details of new trips as they become available.


August 1-4



Tecumseth Tranquilizer August 22-24

Come to Earl Rowe Provincial Park for a weekend of cycling in the Alliston area. In the evening, enjoy a night hike along the Boyne River Valley, or relax around the campfire. 

Registration closes Sunday, August 17th.


Simcoe Circle Trip
Sept 27-29

Cycle Canada is offering this trip exclusively for TBN members. Starting and ending in Newmarket, you will circle Lake Simcoe in three days, with daily distances averaging 100km.

The package includes 2 nights’ motel accommodation (double occupancy), two breakfasts, snacks, route maps, van support, and luggage transfer. Sign up here.


Prince Edward County
Oct 10-13

Enjoy the colours of Thanksgiving Weekend in beautiful Prince Edward County, cycling on quiet country routes and staying three nights at Angeline's Inn in Bloomfield. Registration will open at the end of July; watch the website for more details.


Contact Jean at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have any suggestions for a weekend or week-long trip or wish to lead one. Possible adventures could include Quebec, Stratford, Mennonite country and New York state. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

It's almost party time

The August 10 TBN annual picnic at Toogood Pond in Unionville is less than a month away, with rides to the park from the city or the country, and a barbecue lunch that's free for TBN members. Please register for food planning.

Cruise with Terry
Terry Walsh, TBN's Vice President (Skiing), is offering Easy Roller riders a chance to join him on this weekend's Country Cruise, which starts from Campbellville, to the west of the city. It's a hilly ride, but Terry promises to keep the group together and ride at a comfortable pace. The ride, which TBN is planning to offer once a month, will combine the social nature of an Easy Roller ride with the countryside of the Country Cruise. Come on out and enjoy it. 
Videos too

Did you know that TBN has a YouTube channel now, so you can share your videos as well as sharing pictures that you take on TBN rides or other events. Check it out. You might see yourself, or recognize a ride you did.

Overnight trips

See the sidebar for our range of weekend trips, including the debut adventure around Lake Simcoe, a trip offered exclusively for TBN members by Cycle Canada. There are only four spaces remaining for this trip, so sign up soon. We're also finalizing details on a Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County, with sign-ups to open later this month. Check the website for details.


Can you imagine a world without Cyclon, perhaps the best-loved event of the TBN year? The August adventure has taken TBNers around Ontario (the name does stand for Cycle Ontario), and now beyond it too, with rides scheduled for Quebec's Gatineau Region during Cyclon's first visit to Ottawa. The event sold out instantly, but in order to keep the tradition alive, we need your help. TBN is looking for one or two volunteers to direct future Cyclon event after the current team steps down this year. You will work alongside a top-tier committee of experienced volunteers and have access to all the files and routes from prior years. Please contact cyclon@tbn.ca to volunteer or get more information.

Deals and discounts

Don't forget to check out the GTA retailers and services that offer discounts to TBN members. Save money on bikes and accessories, as well as services such as tours, training sessions or a subscription to Pedal Magazine.

Cyclepath Yonge-Eglinton has reopened after a major reorganization, so head over to check it out, or to use any gift certificate you may have.

Charity and other rides in Ontario

As a service to TBN members, this website page includes a list of charity rides, gran fondos and other special weekend rides throughout the region.

Get Your TBN cycling jersey

Over 160 TBN members can't be wrong - The TBN cycling jersey is a hit!. By now, the orders are trickling in slowly, so order yours soon as every 10 orders will result in a production run. It then takes 8-10 weeks for delivery. Order here.

Stay tuned for another contest, but you must own a TBN jersey to qualify.


Check the events page on the website to decide what ride to do, and remember you can print out your map, or download the route to your GPS before you leave home. Ride leaders will have some maps, but maybe not enough for everyone. The Sunday Tourist rides offer a choice of start times -- 830am or 10am.

Remember also to check the website before you leave home to ensure the ride is still going ahead. If a ride is cancelled, you can still print out the map and join up with anyone else who shows. But if you do go on a cancelled ride, please be aware that it's an unofficial ride not sanctioned by TBN


Unofficial events

Be sure to check the TBN Forum for unofficial events organized by TBN members.  All members are welcome to organize an unofficial hike, bike ride, ski trip, skate, yoga, pub night or anything at all. You can post details to the Forum and on the TBN Facebook page.

This is not spam

You've likely all been reading about the new Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL), and getting reams of emails from businesses you barely remember signing up for, asking you to opt in to their mailing list. TBN is currently reviewing the act in terms of how it applies to non-profit organizations like ours, and how it relates to this Chain of Events newsletters, or to the other emails we send you regarding membership and event registrations.

There is a three-year transitional period as the law goes into effect, so TBN will not be requesting your "express consent' until we see how the law plays out for other non profit organizations like ours. If there is a lawyer in our club who would be willing to volunteer a legal opinion, TBN would be most grateful.

In the meantime, should you wish to no longer receive these emails, you can unsubscribe below, or adjust your settings under your personal profile, which you can access from the top right of the website, just where you log in.

Enjoy your rides, and remember to check the TBN calendar of events for everything that's coming up

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