May 14, 2014

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

Get away for a weekend (or longer) on one of our popular overnight trips.

Recent overnight trips sold out quickly, so remember to sign up early. Watch this space for details of new trips as they become available.

Kentucky Cycling Vacation:
May 17-26 

Last chance to join this spring touring expedition to horsey heaven. One spot left, for a male.

Waterloo Wramble:
June 20-22
Registration is open for the two-night trip to the country roads of the Waterloo Region, just over an hour away from the GTA. Stay in the comfortable suites at Wilfred Laurier University and enjoy rides that are suitable for Easy Roller and Country Cruise riders. This is one of the best regions to cycle in Ontario and a favourite destination for TBN members.

Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Overnight
June 14-15

Registration is open for this year's TNTO ride, a two-day challenge for experienced cyclists. Enjoy back-to-back rides of 168 or 90 km from Toronto, with an overnight stay in Niagara Falls.  

Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt
June 22

Save the date for the legendary TNT Hairshirt, a one-day double-century endurance ride that has attracted dozens of TBN members and non-members annually for 35 years; click here to register online.

Beaver Valley, Collingwood
July long weekend

TBN ski director (and Winterfest organizer) Terry Walsh is offering a weekend of "hilly and scenic rides of 60-80 km a day in the Beaver Valley, near Collingwood. Accommodation is in a comfortable B&B with AC and a swimming pool, all for approximately $125 a night. This is not an official TBN trip.

For more information, contact

Cylcon - Ottawa
August 1-4

Cyclon - the premiere long weekend event of the summer - is in Ottawa for the first time. Join 200 fellow cyclists in discovering this great region of cycling, culture, arts, food and much more. Visit the Cyclon page of website for details and register soon as there are now less than 30 spots left.

Contact Jean at if you have any suggestions for a weekend or week-long trip or wish to lead one as we seek to extend this very popular TBN program. Possible adventures could include Quebec, Stratford, Mennonite country and New York state. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

A reminder that we are looking for an experienced leader for the Pelee Wheelie cycling/camping trip over Labour Day weekend; contact Jean if you can help. 

That was one big launch party!

TBN officially launched the 2014 season in style at a jam-packed spring kickoff breakfast, with food, coffee, games, prizes, sunshine and a chance to see our new blue-green jersey up close and in person. Members and guests then set off on three organized rides, including a very well attended Easy Roller ride.

See more great pics on the TBN Photo page.

Kentucky calling

As Chain of Events went to press, there was space for a male rider on the spring touring expedition to Kentucky. This is a combination of self-supported trip, and a weekend of riding with the local Bluegrass Cycling Club, and it sounds fun.

Check the website for details.

We want your help

TBN is looking for volunteers in two crucial roles, a volunteer coordinator, who will work with the board to make the best possible use of our volunteers, and an education director, who will organize events to inform club members and outsiders about all the different aspects of cycling, touring and how to mend a bike.

Contact if you think you could help with either of these important jobs.

TBN also needs help greeting members and would-be members at our booth at the Ride for Heart on June 1, and others to act as road ambassadors during the ride. Check the here for details about becoming a road ambassador, and email if you can help at the booth for an hour or two. 

Learn to draft
TBN is offering a special education session on May 31 on the techniques for riding in a group. Pack riding reduces a cyclist's workload by up to 30 percent and helps one become stronger and faster in an efficient and safe manner. This event is ideal for intermediate level cyclists. Sign up here

Tour d'Afrique
TBN partner Tour d'Afrique is holding an information session on May 20 for people interested in working with their tours in the coming season. They are looking for cooks, medics, mechanics and communications experts for rides in Africa and beyond. See the Tour d'Afrique website for details.

Niagara or bust
The TNTO overnight weekend visit to Niagara Falls is about two thirds full -- there's room for another 30 riders. Cruise quiet roads to Niagara from Stoney Creek or High Park, and stay in a comfortable inn near the Falls. No roommate? Not a problem. We'll pair you with a participant of the same gender, or you can join the wait list for a single room.

There is FREE watermelon at the end of the ride in Niagara, and a great outdoor pool to cool off in.

For more details, and to sign up, click here. Questions: email

More miles?
Just a week after TNTO is the TNT Hairshirt, a double (Imperial) century that starts and ends in Mississauga. To get in shape for the Hairshirt, you should be riding 300 km per week by the end of May, including longer rides. There is still time to train, so why not make 2014 your Hairshirt year?

Check here for details and training tips. 


Riding reminder

Don't forget to check the events page on the TBN website to figure out what ride to do, and remember you can print out your map, or download the route onto your GPS device. The Sunday Tourist rides offer a choice of start times -- 830am or 10am. Ride leaders will bring some maps, but perhaps not enough for every rider.

Remember also to check the website before you leave home to be sure 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.

Jersey reminder

There's just a few weeks left to get your TBN jersey at the special member price of $50 before the price increases to $59 on June 9, so hurry up and place your order. This quality of jersey can retail for up to $100. 

Remember: jersey wearers on TBN rides get a chance to win a prize valued as high as $200! 

Ride Coordinators

Here are the ride coordinators for the 2014 TBN cycling season.

"Wednesday Night" is seeking ride leaders for the third Wednesday of each month. Please contact to volunteer.                   

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.

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.

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

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