June 11, 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


Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt
June 22

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


Waterloo Wramble
June 20-22



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. Sign up soon for the early bird rate of $325 -- after June 15 the price goes up to $375 (both plus HST.

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


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.

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. 


We hardly dare mention this, but we've had some pretty good riding weather this spring/summer, which is only fair after that long, cold winter. Some people got caught in storms on Sunday, but mostly it's been relatively warm, with low humidity, so far. At press time, the forecast was pretty much perfect for the coming weekend, with no rain, and 15 hours of glorious Sunday sunshine. So get out and ride your bike. Maybe a little faster than this "how-slow-can-you-go" contest at last month's spring kickoff breakfast.

Visit Niagara

Two of TBN's premier events are coming up, with the two-dayToronto-Niagara-Toronto ride this weekend, or the endurance test of the Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt.

More than 100 riders have signed up for the TNTO trip, which offers both a 168-mile route from Toronto to Niagara Falls and a shorter (but still challenging) 90 km from Stoney Creek to Niagara Falls. Niagara attractions: free watermelon, an outdoor pool and those waterfalls. Overnight rooms have sold out, but you can reserve a spot for luggage and maps only until Thursday June 12 at midnight; join TBN friends, exercise your muscles, and sleep in the motel round the corner. 

And a week after that is the TNT Hairshirt, a double century that starts and ends in Mississauga. Departure is at sunrise, and you have until midnight to complete the trip.

Check here for details and training tips. 

More wonderful weekends
Spring and Summer trips are well under way. The week in Kentucky was a great success, and the Waterloo Wramble is now closed to registration. But there is still space in our camping/cycling weekends, Tecumseth Tranquilizer and Presqu’ile Prescription, and on the Simcoe Circle Trip in September. See the sidebar for details, or look at the weekend trips section of the TBN website.

Forward planning
Mark your calendars for the August 10 TBN annual picnic at Too Good Pond in Unionville, with rides from the city or the country, and a barbecue lunch that's free for TBN members. Registration will open soon -- we do ask that you register by early August for food planning.

Be patient
Please note that membership cards will not be sent out between July 3 and July 9.

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 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 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

Don't forget to order your TBN jersey for the coming season. Our special offers ended earlier this month, but the $59 price remains very reasonable. This quality of jersey can retail for up to $100. Visit the web site to place your order. 

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 wednights@tbn.ca 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.

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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