June 25, 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.


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


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. 


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. To keep the tradition going, 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.

Other weekends

And remember that there's a raft of other weekend trips coming up as well -- we're particularly proud of our first excursion around Lake Simcoe, a trip offered exclusively by Cycle Canada. See the sidebar, or check the website for details.There is still space on the Simcoe Circle trip, as well as on the Tecumseth Tranquilizer and Presqu’ile Prescription.

It's almost party time

Mark your calendars now for the August 10 TBN annual picnic at Toogood Pond in Unionville, with rides to the park 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.

Hairshirt - That long, long ride

54 brave cyclists started this year's TNT Hairshirt, and by press time all but 5 had reported back on their grueling one-day adventure from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back. Completion times ranged from just under 10 hours to just under 17, an incredible accomplishment by all. We salute you! A big thanks to Dave Mader for making this happen

The gladiators just before beginning the marathon.

TNTO - Tailwinds both ways

Aeolus (google it) smiled upon us during the TNTO weekend, with a tailwind out to Niagara (from Stoney Creek) and a tailwind back. About 100 riders joined the fun, with mostly sunny weather (but not too hot), no accidents, and fabulous treats awaiting the cyclists in Niagara Falls. Big thanks to Bob Everett, Chris Jacobs, Daniel Ho, Liz Pang Engels and Brenda Porter, as well as to organizer Dan Engels.

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.

One new deal, exclusive to TBN members, is a 50 percent discount on the $500 VIP registration for the Sept. 7 GTA Gran Fondo. Use the coupon code TBNVIP2014 to register. This offer closes on July 2. If you don't want the VIP treatment, you can still get $25 off the regular registration fee by using the code TBN2014. This video gives details on the ride. 

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.

Prizes for Jerseys 

All members who bought a TBN jersey before June 8 were entered into a draw to win Blue Jays tickets, the first contest for TBN jersey owners. The winners: Galina Mushtaler and Joanne Kurys, who win two tickets each for a Jays game later this month. Stay tuned for another great contest later this summer.

You can still buy a jersey for only $59, so visit the website now to place your order. You may not receive your jersey before Labour Day.


Check the events page on the TBN 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

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.  

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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