May 28, 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. Recent trips sold out quickly, so remember to sign up early. Watch this space for details of new trips as they become available.

Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Overnight
June 14-15

There are 15 spots left for this year's TNTO ride, a two-day challenge for experienced cyclists. Enjoy back-to-back rides of 168 or 90 km, with an overnight stay in Niagara Falls. 

Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt
June 22

Sign up now for the legendary TNT Hairshirt, a one-day, double centure endurane ride that has attracted TBN members and non-members for 35 years. Click here to register online. 


Waterloo Wramble
June 20-22

Ride the quiet country roads of Waterloo Region, staying Friday and Saturday nights in student apartments at Wilfrid Laurier University. Private bedrooms are grouped in suites of four. Cost is $105 for TBN members. Nine spaces remain.


Presqu'ile Prescription
July 11-13

Cycle the scenic Prince Edward County area starting from Presqu'ile Provincial Park. In the evening enjoy a starlight walk to the lighthouse or relax around the campfire. Cost is $40 for TBN members.

Registration closes on Sunday, July 6.


August 1-4



Tecumseth Tranquiliser 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 on 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 price includes 2 nights’ motel accommodation (double occupancy), two breakfasts, snacks, route maps, van support, and luggage transfer.


Contact Jean at 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.

A reminder that we are looking for a volunteer to lead the Pelee Wheelie cycling/camping trip over Labour Day weekend; contact Jean if you can help. 

Did you know it's bike month?

Toronto has a series of events planned to celebrate bike month, including this week's Ride to Work day, which culminated in a pancake breakfast at Nathan Philips Square. TBN was well represented.

Check out the bike month website for more details of what's going on.

Visit Niagara

You still have two opportunities to ride to Niagara, snagging one of the last 15 spaces on the annual two-dayToronto-Niagara-Toronto ride, or on an out-and-back ride on the Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt.

Accommodation for the TNTO trip is in shared rooms, with two queen sized beds. You have until June 1 to sign up for this exciting ride, which offers the chance to ride 168 km each day, or ramp things down to a mere 90km.

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

Next up is  the TNT Hairshirt, a double century that starts and ends in Mississauga. 

Check here for details and training tips. 


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 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.

Please note that the June 8 Country Cruise has changed to the Courtice to Bowmanville ride because of construction around Durham College. See the web site for details.

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.

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. 

Jersey reminder

There's less than two weeks 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.                   

Day Trips

TBN volunteers are busy organizing summer day trips to destinations like Niagara Falls and Barrie in combination with the GO Train. Check for details in June.

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.

We still await the re-organization of Cyclepath Yonge-Eglinton, so if you have a gift certificate, please do not redeem it yet. Check back here in two weeks for an update.

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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