July 30, 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. For example, there are just four spaces left for the Simcoe Circle trip so remember to sign up early. Watch this space for details of new trips as they become available.


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 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.


Prince Edward County
Oct 10-13

Enjoy the colours of Thanksgiving Weekend in beautiful Prince Edward County, cycling on quiet country routes and staying three nights at Angeline's Inn in Bloomfield. Registration will open at the end of July; watch the website for more details.


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.

It's almost party time

This is your final reminder for the August 10 picnic at Toogood Pond in Unionville.  The annual picnic is a wonderful chance to meet your fellow riders in the lush, green park, chow down a burger and some salad, plus relax a bit before heading home.  See the events calendar for details of the rides that lead to the picnic that Sunday and please register so organizers know how many burgers to grill!


Wear to win

Your TBN jersey looks good and now it's a way to win good too! Just make sure there's a picture of you wearing the new club jersey, at any TBN event, between now and the end of August, and that the picture shows up on the official TBN Flickr page (visit www.tbn.ca/photo for instructions).

Prizes are:
- One month trial membership at WattsUp Cycling
- $50 gift certificate at a Toronto bar or restaurant
- Two movie passes for Cineplex
- $50 gift certificate valid at Cyclepath Toronto

So make sure someone shoots a picture of you or take a  selfie and get it posted to the Flickr site. (Note: Photos on the TBN Facebook page do not count.)

Also, the first two people to volunteer to choose the winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate at Cyclepath Toronto or MEC. Contact publicity@tbn.ca to become a volunteer judge.

Reminder that you can still order a TBN jersey for only $59 all in, although it won't arrive until late into Fall. Order here.

QuickRelease is here
The latest issue of QuickRelease is ready for your reading enjoyment. If you opted-in for a hard copy, it should be landing on your doorstep this week; otherwise the electronic version of the newsletter is already available for download here


Cyclon is coming up this weekend and it promises to be better than ever, for 200 members and non-members, in bike-friendly Ottawa and the surrounding region. Cyclon sold out instantly this year, but to keep the tradition alive, we need your help. TBN is looking for one or two volunteers to direct future Cyclons after the current directors step 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.

Also on the volunteer front, TBN is looking for an Education Director to organize popular events where members and guests can learn about the many aspects of cycling and more. Contact president@tbn.ca if you would like to help.

Niagara Falls - GO Home

Take a look at our annual Toronto-Niagara Falls adventure, with a flattish ride along the Waterfront Trail and then the GO train back. The ride takes place on August 16 and there is time for dinner in Niagara Falls before heading home by train. Check the website for details and to register for the ride.

Overnight trips

See the sidebar for our range of overnight trips, including the debut adventure around Lake Simcoe; a trip offered exclusively to TBN members by Cycle Canada. Details are being finalized for a Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County, with sign-ups to open soon. Visit the website for details.

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.

Old bikes wanted

Every year, the Morning Glory Cycling Club launches a used bicycle drive to donate to members of the Thorncliffe Park community, a high-density, low-income neighbourhood. Any size or type of pre-loved, but no-longer-wanted, bike can be dropped off at any of the Gears bike stores in the GTA for refurbishment and then given a new home later on. Last year the club donated and refurbished almost 130 bikes. Can TBN members help them do better this year?


Check the events page on the 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 -- 8:30 am or 10 am.

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. However, if you do go on a cancelled ride, please be aware that it's an unofficial ride not sanctioned by TBN.


Anything to sell?

You can sell your old bike or rack or shoes or anything at all bike related on the TBN Forum. Just login and select the Buy and Sell section of the Forum. Please delete your post after its sold, or if you change your mind. You can also use the Forum to arrange car pooling, to organize an unofficial ride, to discuss a TBN ride or event, or to simply post interesting factoids about cycling that would appeal to TBN members.


This is not spam

You've likely all been reading about the new Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) and getting emails from businesses asking you to opt-in to their mailing list. TBN is reviewing how the act applies to non-profit organizations like ours and how it relates to the Chain of Events newsletters, or to other emails sent to you. The law has a three-year transitional period, so TBN will not be requesting "express consent" until we see how the law plays out for non-profits. If there is a lawyer in the club who could volunteer a legal opinion, TBN would be most grateful.

In the meantime, if you don't want to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe below, or adjust your settings under your personal profile that is accessed after log-in, at the top right of the website.

Tell us what you want to read about

We hope you've been enjoying this bi-weekly email (OK, sometimes tri-weekly because we've been out riding our bikes). Suggestions are welcome, from members, on what type of information to add or eliminate from these e-newsletters. Please contact publicity@tbn.ca and tell us your dreams and desires....that is, for the Chain of Events email.

Enjoy your rides and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events for up coming events.

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