April 30, 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 

One slot has opened up for this spring touring expedition to horsey heaven. Check the web site for details and remember, even if spring is late in Toronto, things will look very different in Kentucky.

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. You will 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 air conditioning and swimming pool, all for approximately $125 a night. This is not an official TBN trip.

For more information, contact torontoterry27@yahoo.ca.

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. Registration is open; visit the Cyclon page of website for details.

Contact Jean at weekendtrips@tbn.ca 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. 

Saturday Spring special

Meet friends, and make new ones at TBN's May 10 spring kickoff breakfast, starting at 9am at Etienne Brule Park, just downhill from the Old Mill subway station. There will be games and prizes and you can grab a coffee or a snack before setting out on Leisure Wheeler, Easy Roller or Tourist class rides, starting between 10:30 and 11 am. For more information, please go to the TBN social page. This event is free, but please register ahead of time to help the organizers with food planning. 

Please send out vibes for nice, warm spring weather.

Cyclon signup

Find out all about this year's Cyclon adventure at our sign-up night this Thursday at Scallywag's pub, on St Clair Avenue just west of Yonge Street. Cyclon is in Ottawa this year, giving riders the chance to explore the capital's bike trails and ride into Quebec and the Gatineau Hills. The trip is bound to sell out early, so sign up soon. 

Other getaways

We're so keen on these weekend (and longer) trips that we're giving them a double shout-out: here and on the sidebar at the right.

First off, there's still a single slot on our cycling expedition to Kentucky, where spring has already sprung and you can expect glorious riding conditions in horsey heaven. See the web site for details.

And don't forget about the Toronto Niagara Toronto Overnight (TNTO), our annual visit to Niagara Falls, which takes place the weekend of June 14-15. It's a great opportunity to have fun cruising on back country roads from High Park (168 km each way) or Stoney Creek (90 km each way). We stay at the Rodeway Inn, across from the falls, and there's still one jacuzzi room left for two people, or several rooms with 2 queen beds, also suitable for two. No roommate? No problem. We'll match you with a participant of the same gender.

There is also FREE watermelon at the end of the ride in Niagara, an outdoor pool to cool off in after the trek, plus a sag wagon for your overnight bag and we provide the maps.

For more details and to sign up click here.

There's the Waterloo Wramble too; another beautiful getaway. 

Or something a little more challenging?

Just a week after TNTO is the TNT Hairshirt, a double (Imperial) century that starts and ends in Mississauga, all in just one day. To be in shape for the Hairshirt, you should be up to 300 km per week by the end of May, including some longer rides. There is still time to reach that mileage, and to get ready, so why not make 2014 your Hairshirt year?

See the web site for details and training tips. 


Riding reminder

Don't forget to check the events page on the TBN web site to figure out what ride you want to do and when you want to do it, and remember that you can print out your map ahead of time, or download the route onto your GPS device. Ride leaders will have some maps available, but perhaps not enough for every rider.

Remember also to check the site before you head out to be sure that the ride is still going ahead. If a ride is cancelled, perhaps because of unfavourable weather conditions, or because no ride leader is available, you can still print out the map and join up with anyone else who happens to show up. But if you do go on a cancelled ride, please be aware that it's an unofficial ride that's not sanctioned by TBN.

We want your help

Please think about volunteering as TBN's next Education Director, helping to organize those events that teach club members and outsiders about all the different aspects of cycling, touring and how to mend a bike. Sadly, the existing director, Manuela Gobbato is stepping down due to the demands of her job.

Please contact president@tbn.ca with questions.

Just jerseys

There's just over one month more to get your TBN jersey at the special member price of $50 before the price goes up to $59, so hurry up and place your order. Whatever the price, this is still an incredible deal -- this quality of jersey can retail for up to $100. 

Two things to remember: jersey wearers on TBN rides get a chance to win a prize valued as high as $200! The sooner you place your order, the less you pay. How can you go wrong?


Ride Coordinators

Here are the ride coordinators for the 2014 TBN cycling season. The rides offer a perfect chance to meet up with fellow TBN members and to stay fit ahead of longer trips like Cyclon, Niagara Falls, and other adventures.

"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. 

Tips & Training

The ever-expanding Education Program includes helpful tips about events we sponsor and support, as well as tips and events on things like travel and staying fit. If you have suggestions for the Education page or ideas for topics, please contact education@tbn.ca.

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.

TBN Website Update

The very busy TBN Technical Committee continues to refine and improve the look of the website. You may have noticed that Forum and Events Calendar swapped positions, and the rarely-used News Blog now appears near the bottom of the home page. The photo slide show must now be user-initiated due to a change made by Flickr. Further improvements are on tap and input is always welcome.

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

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