November 12, 2014

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

TBN is offering these three very popular trips to winter wonderlands across Ontario:

January 16 – 18:

YMCA Camp Wanakita near Haliburton

Visit the beautiful YMCA camp on Koshlong Lake for a weekend of winter sports, five delicious meals and even a rope-climbing and balancing course. Registration is now open for members. Non-member registration opens November 22. See website for more details.


February 6 – 8:

The Tulip Inn, Arrowhead Provincial Park

Skiing, snowshoeing and hiking are all available in gorgeous Arrowhead, with accommodation at the Tulip Inn in Huntsville. Register on the online for this popular trip.


February 20 – 22:

Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park

Registration will open soon. 


Contact Jean at if you have any suggestions for a weekend or week-long trip or wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

What an evening!

More than 100 TBN members and guests dined and danced the night away at the annual general meeting, which was both a party and a look back at the last year. President Arlene Smith outlined our 2014 achievements -- online maps, more education events, new multi-day trips, charitable donations, plus those cool green-blue jerseys. Arlene thanked board members who stepped down this year: Dan Engels, Manuela Gobbato, George Witte, Richard Anstett, Carole Hill, Paul Price and Brenda Sweet. For 2015 TBN will look to more overnight trips and better rides, as well as improving safety.

Members thanked volunteer of the year Doug Innes for his years of service to TBN. One of his rewards: the chance to cut a very large bicycle-themed cake after regaling the crowd with an entertaining speech. Doug was also presented with a $100 gift certificate courtesy of MEC.

Special thanks go out to our retail and service partners who donated some great prizing. Long time TBN partner Cyclepath on Yonge south of Eglinton once again donated a variety of valuable prizes like cycling gloves and arm warmers. Watts Up offered up a one-month membership while Now Magazine donated Second City Tickets. Velotique is not an official TBN partner, but new owner Rob was kind enough to  donate the grand prize: a $400 bike rack. Congratulations to all the winners.

For those who took pictures, check the Photo page for instructions on how to upload your own pics and share them with fellow club members.

This is your 2014-15 TBN board

Pictured from left to right: Arlene Smith (president), Peggy Kiely (co-treasurer), Janet Guttsman (secretary), Wilma Sanson (co-education), Neil Connolly (cyclon), Donna Van (co-education), Susan Bishop (social), Joey Schwartz (advocacy), Dave Mader (touring), Jean O'Grady (overnight trips) and Ed Weiss (communications). Janet and Neil are, unfortunately, not quite visible. Not pictured: Marilyn Prole (co-treasurer). You can see the current board of directors with their email contacts here.

Ski program launch and discount night at MEC - December 2
Join TBN at MEC on King Street for an informative and fun night as TBN presents The 2014-2015 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Program. Learn about the day trips planned for this season, and layering techniques to keep warm and dry while out on the trails. This will be followed by a special discount shopping hour exclusively for TBN members. Registration will open in the next couple of days, so check the Education page every so often.

Sign up for weekend ski excursions

Registration has opened for two of our planned overnight ski adventures: the January 16-18 weekend in the Haliburton Highlands and the February adventure in Arrowhead Provincial Park. Check out the sidebar for more details, and reserve your spot now, before these popular trips sell out. Registration will open soon for our third scheduled winter excursion at the Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park.

Don Valley Trail
The Don Valley Trail is closed at Queen Street for repairs, although the workman directing foot and bicycle traffic tells Chain of Events it is supposed to reopen on Monday. A sign indicates that the trail is closed from Pottery Road, but there is no indication from entry points like Riverdale Park. And to further confuse matters, another sign states that the trail is closed just south of Pottery Road because of unsafe conditions, although the barriers have been moved to one side. That section can be navigated, but the trail is badly eroded, so please be careful.

If you have more information, please post it to the TBN Facebook page and TBN Forum.

Fun in the fall
There are plenty of TBN events to keep you active through Fall. Check the website for our City Walks program and for the out-of-town hikes. The fall spinning program has already started, and the first skating adventure of the season takes place this Friday at the York Mills arena at 2539 Bayview Avenue. 

Check the TBN events calendar for details of these activities, and for the latest information about the few remaining cycling excursions.

Staying warm
If you're planning on riding through the winter, why not attend a special session at the Toronto Public Library on safe, warm riding in snow and cold conditions? The seminar takes place at Lilian Smith Library on Saturday, November 15 and you must register ahead of time. Check the library's website for details. Please note this is not a TBN event.

Reminders: Quick Release 

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is on the website for your reading pleasure. Sadly for TBN, Sharon Chadwick stepped down after a magnificent two years of editing the publication, and so we're seeking a replacement. If you want to volunteer for this very rewarding position please contact

TBN is run by its volunteers

TBN needs volunteers to run all its activities. Please contact to learn how your contribution can help sustain TBN activities like Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO and our biking hiking, skiing and skating activities. Without volunteer support from members like you, we would be unable to run these programs, and all the other programs that we enjoy throughout the year.

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

Enjoy your rides, hikes, walks, spins and more, and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out about all upcoming events.

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