June 19, 2024

New TBN Facebook group

In order to provide a consolidated space to discuss TBN-related rides, social engagements, topics of interest and other activities related to our membership, the TBN Board of Directors has decided to create a TBN-owned Facebook group. We are asking our members to join the group and make it the go-to place for all TBN social interactions. Let's build this space together and make it "home". To join, click here. We are also looking for Facebook-savvy members who can help with moderation activities. If you are interested, please contact publicity@tbn.ca.

TBN seeks new Member Experience director

We are seeking candidates interested in applying for the volunteer role of Member Experience director. The person who takes on this Board position is responsible for ensuring that the club delivers a positive and rewarding experience for all members with a particular focus on membership satisfaction and retention. The director leads the Ambassador Program, a team of members who are responsible for welcoming new members and helping them make new friends, join rides that are right for them and orient them to the many programs that TBN offers. Contact TBN President Gord Irish if you are interested in volunteering.

Cycling kit store has closed

Thanks to all members who ordered kit items from our online store for this latest deadline. The store has now closed. We only had enough orders for the short sleeve jerseys. Those have been ordered and should be here in time for Cyclon. All other orders will be refunded shortly.

Social events & overnight trips

Dancing on the Danforth, June 21. The May event was so popular that we have decided to make this night out of great music and optional dancing a regular event. June’s Dancing on the Danforth will feature the band Blood Roses playing danceable hits from the 1980s at the conveniently located Linsmore Tavern. More information and registration can be found on the TBN calendar.

Finger Lakes Tour, June 28-July 1. It has been a long time since TBN has been cycling to this New York State area, and the beautiful scenery is finally calling us for a return trip. Check out Finger Lakes Tour for more information and to register.

TBN Pub Quiz, June 27. The TBN Pub Quiz series continues on the third or fourth Thursday of each month at one of Toronto’s best and most interesting venues, the Prenup Pub. Registration is open via the calendar. More details on the Pub Quiz series are available here.

Lake Erie Breezes Simcoe trip, July 13-14. Highlights of this trip include the French Bakery in Port Dover, small microbreweries, bike paths to Waterford, and antique shops in town. Check out the calendar and Lake Erie Breezes Simcoe Trip for more information and to register.

Three days in Orillia, Aug. 13-15. Members are set to gather in this beautiful Muskoka town on Lake Couchiching for a follow-up to last year's fun-filled trip. Accommodations are available at Lakehead University Residence and Conference Centre, where breakfast will be served on Day 2 and Day 3. The rides range from a 41 km jaunt around town and along the area's great trail system on Day 1, to a 108 km loop that travels through some picturesque sites in cottage country, including Bass Lake, the lock system in Port Severn, and the Big Chute Marine Railway on Day 2. Day 3 features a gentler ride along Lake Simcoe. For more details, and to register, visit the TBN calendar.

Labour Day tour of Brant County, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. TBN Touring director Dennis Szilvasy is organizing a weekend trip to Brant County. The group will stay in the area for two nights, at a cost of $160 (for the combined two nights) for shared accommodation, including continental breakfast. There is an option to book the hotel directly to stay the night of Aug. 30 as well, if desired. Registration opens July 20 and closes Aug. 1. Watch the TBN calendar. Those with questions are asked to email Dennis at touring@tbn.ca.

Cyclon 2024 sold out

Cyclon, TBN's four-day premier cycle touring event, is now sold out. The gathering is set for the Civic Holiday weekend, Aug. 2-5, at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. (campus pictured below).

If you haven't registered yet but you are interested in joining us in Peterborough, we encourage you to join the waitlist as we may possibly have more spots opening up in the near future.

For more information and to have your name added to the waitlist, click here.

TBN's cycling routes: We need your input

Do you want to contribute to the club by creating routes, but don't know how? Are you a new Program Coordinator and need to know how to maintain your routes or add existing routes? Perhaps you have an idea for a TBN weekend trip with multiple rides throughout the weekend, and you want to put together a set of routes for this trip. If you fit any of these descriptions, then watch this TBN educational video on YouTube, containing a combination of presentation and live demo, using TBN's Club account in RideWithGPS.. 

The critical message of this video is that no one in TBN needs to pay for their own RideWithGPS account for TBN-related usage. TBN pays for a RideWithGPS club account, which grants our members the privileges of RideWithGPS "Premium" level. This includes TBN members who follow club routes, and also route creators/editors.

TBN picnic, Aug. 11. Our annual picnic lunch will once again be at Milliken Park in Scarborough (pictured below). We will need a number of volunteers to set up the food, clean up afterward and to help with shopping and delivery of food and equipment. If you are interested in volunteering, email social@tbn.ca.

Brain Injury Society of Toronto charity rides

Two charity rides in support of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto are coming up this fall. For anyone interested, more information on both of these rides can be found in the TBN General Forum.

Tanya's Ride: Sept. 7, starting at 9 am in Albion Hills Park. There is an 80 km gravel route and a 75 km road route. Email Keith Luder at kvluder@gmail.com.

BIST Heroes Run, Walk, Roll or Bike Event: Sept. 29, starting at 8 am in Wilket Creek Park. This is a family-oriented ride with routes of 15/35 and 75 km.  

Reminder to update your TBN profile

Please ensure to periodically update your TBN club profile. Perhaps upload a photo of yourself (so other members know who you are), confirm that your email address listed is correct (as this is the primary way for us to contact you), confirm your phone and emergency contacts are still valid, and update your current (or former) occupation and let us know if and how you would like to volunteer with TBN. We are always looking for helping hands, especially those with needed skills. How to do this: Login to the website www.tbn.ca, click on your name, then click Edit Profile. When you are done, press Save to commit your changes.

Don't be a no-show!

Please be considerate of your fellow club members. We are seeing daily occurrences of members who have registered, but are not showing up for a ride. If you have registered for a club event, and you cannot attend, or you choose not to attend, please cancel your registration. For events where there are limited spaces, you are opening up your spot for someone else who might be on the event's waitlist. At the very least, it informs the ride leader not to expect you at the start. If you are unsure how to cancel your registration, see the Cancel-my-registration page for details.

Event registration reminder

Please remember to login to the TBN website prior to registering for our Events. If you are not logged in, the system does not know who you are, and will only offer you the Guest Rider registration choice. Also, when you are logged into the TBN website, a lot of members-only content appears.

Chain of Events editor is Rick MacMillan. Email coe@tbn.ca.

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