October 29, 2014

Chain of Events

Bi-weekly e-newsletter of the latest events, news and activities

Overnight trips

Our weekend biking trips are over for the season. But our ski season plans are up and running. We've already booked three weekends. Save these dates and watch for more details on the TBN website


January 16 – 18: YMCA Camp Wanakita in Haliburton


February 6 – 8: the Tulip Inn in Arrowhead Provincial Park


February 20 – 22: Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park 


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.

Just look at the prizes

Check the TBN website for details of the prizes you can win at the TBN AGM Dinner & Dance on November 8 -- a $400 bike rack, gift certificates and warm weather accessories. A record number of members are attending this year and so more tables are being added. Tickets are available until November 6, and your entry fee includes a great dinner and dancing, as well as the chance to win. You will also be able to elect a new TBN board of directors and learn more about club activities. You can submit music requests to the DJ in advance -- check the social page for details.

Festivities take place at Whistlers Bar and Grill on Broadview (north of the Danforth). Click here to register. 

The price is $35 ($40 for non members). If you wish to simply attend the AGM portion of the evening and vote for the new board, then please arrive after the dinner, at 8:30pm.

Hiking, walking, spinning, skating 

TBN Fall programs are under way, and we're offering both city walks and hikes out in the country. Explore corners of the city with your TBN friends, or hike the trails further afield. Check the website for our City Walks program and for the out-of-town hikes. Also, spinning starts next week, and Friday night skating gets under way on November 14.

Check the TBN website for details. More off-season events will be scheduled soon.

Or if you still want to ride
TBN is still offering rides to meet most rider categories, and will continue to do so until it gets too cold, or too dangerous to ride. Check the TBN events calendar for details, and remember to wrap up warmly. Fingers and toes are particularly prone to freezing when the temperature drops. 

Don Valley Path Closure
Attention trail riders: According to a recent Facebook post, the paved portion of the Don trail near Pottery Road is closed indefinetely due to the slope collapsing. If anyone receives any further information, please post it to the TBN Forum

Reminder: Quick Release 

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is on the website for your reading pleasure. Sadly for TBN, Sharon Chadwick is stepping down after a magnificent two years of editing the publication, and so we're seeking a replacement. If you like to write, please consider volunteering for this very rewarding position. You need a keen eye for detail and layout, and powers of persuasion to get members to submit articles. Contact publicity@tbn.ca if you can help.

TBN is run by its volunteers

TBN relies on activities occur exclusively because of volunteers. Contact president@tbn.ca to learn how your contribution can help sustain TBN activities like Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO, hiking, skiing, skating, the new TBN jersey, the Alan Gordon Metric, Hairshirt, the QuickRelease newsletter and so many more programs that would not occur without volunteer support from members like you.

Deals and discounts - Three travel partners too

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. With the winter looming here, take a special look at our three travel partners: Tour d'Afrique, South India Bicycle Adventure and Two-wheeling Women.


Check the events page on the website to decide what activity to do and remember you can print out your map, or download a ride to your GPS, before you leave home. Remember also to check the website before you leave home to ensure the activity 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.

Also check the TBN Forum as there may be some unofficial rides and events open to all.

Enjoy your rides, hikes, walks, spins and more, and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events for up coming events.

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