There's still space on all three of our wonderful winter weekend ski trips, so check out the web site, and get ready to sign up. Here are some of the details.
Jan. 15 -17
Wanakita Ski Weekend
Spend two nights on beautiful Koshlong Lake near Haliburton. Package includes 5 meals and activities such as classic skiing on 25 km of onsite groomed trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating on the lake, toboganning, a night ski to a bonfire and lots more. Only $213 (member rate). Registration for members opens November 7; non members November 20.
Feb. 19 - 21
Arrowhead Ski & Snowshoe Extravaganza
The package includes two nights at the Tulip Inn near Huntstville, daily ski tickets and breakfasts. Enjoy various levels and lengths of ski, snowshoe and hiking trails and then warm up by the fireplace with complimentary mulled apple cider. A welcome social on Friday night with snacks and refreshments is followed by a potlock dinner on Saturday. All this for only $180. Registration opens November 11 for members, two weeks later for non-members.
Feb. 26 - 28: Wolf DenRegistration is now open for our February weekend at the rustic Wolf Den Bunkhouse 'n Cabins at the edge of Algonquin Park. The weekend price of $95 for TBN members and $105 for non members includes two nights in the lodge, Friday night snacks, two pancake breakfasts, and supplies for two sandwich style lunches. Saturday evening will be a pot luck (group) dinner.
Check the website for details and to register for this trip.
Contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.
Well that was fun!A good time was had by all at the TBN annual meeting, where TBN members honoured Volunteer of the year John Burdett, passed a revised TBN constitution, elected a new board and danced the night away.
Your new board:
President: Ian Rankin
Treasurer: Peter Middleton and Peggy Keiley
Secretary: Jean O'Grady
Advocacy: Joey Schwartz
Communications: Ed Weiss
Cyclon: Lise Dulong
Education: Donna Van and Wilma Sanson
Overnight trips: Janet Guttsman
Past president: Arlene Smith
Social: Susan Bishop
Technical: Ken Miller
Touring: Dave Mader
We have rides, spinning and the City Walks and fall hiking programs for your enjoyment. Check tbn.ca for all the activities, including our usual array of education, social and other events that keep TBN members active all year long.
Special spinning session this week
Don't miss the special 90-minute spin session this Wednesday November 18, the third in our series of eight, where fantastic coach Carmen will offer TBN members a benchmark test and tips to calculate your heart rate and power training zones. We'll use these numbers to individualize our training in the remaining sessions, which will include aerobic base building, strength and speed phases. To sign up, register with the Adelaide Club by phone and pay when you arrive. Check the website for details.
A word of warning: This will be a tough workout. Make sure you're well rested and hydrated before you arrive, and that you've eaten something no later than two hours before the class. Bring your heart-rate monitor, if you have one.
Join photographer and bicycle adventurer Dave Trattles (Canadian Geographic, Macleans, National Archives of Canada) for an evening of stories, photographs and life experiences on Thursday, December 17. Dave has travelled via bicycle through 70 countries over 20 years, and will explain why he cycles and how he engages with the community. Dave also organizes bicycle adventures -- he has a trip planned to India in January (see TBN Retailers & Services directory).
The event takes place at Deer Park Library at 40 St Clair Ave East (north east corner of Yonge and St Clair) from 7pm to 930pm. Watch the TBN website for details of how to sign up for this event.
Cyclon turns 30
Cyclon, TBN's flagship multi-day cycling event, turns 30 this year, with the next Cyclon scheduled for historic and beautiful Kingston in August, 2016. You can be a part of the story. Help TBN and help Cyclon by designing a new Cyclon logo. The deadline for submissions is February 29 and the winner will receive a $100 credit towards their next Cyclon event. Details will soon be posted to the TBN website and future editions of this email.
WattsUp Cycling Studio in Etobicoke is offering valuable complimentary
introductory sessions for TBN members. The first session, on November 25
, offers riders a chance to compete against each other on a computer-simulated course. Learn how fast you're riding, what your power output is and how you rank against your cycling buddies; all on your very own bicycle.
Also, on December 4
and January 24
you will have the chance to experience the WattsUp program in action, with instructor-led sessions that allow you to measure your actual exertion on your bike. It's like a Spin class, but much more informative.
Check the Education page of the TBN website
for details on how to register for these great events. There are only 16 spaces per session, and a minimum of 8 registrants is required for each session to proceed.
Get your jersey before the price hike
Sales of TBN cycling jerseys, jackets and vests have resumed, with a range of different items starting from $59.
Prices will increase 4-7 percent December 15, so get your order in as soon as possible. We need 10 orders to start a production run, and then it's about 8-10 weeks delivery, so you can have your new jersey long before the spring biking season starts.
Vote for TBN as best bike club
Voting is now open
for the Get Out There Magazine
Readers' Choice awards, so vote early (and often?) to help TBN keep its 2014 prize as the best bike club in Eastern Ontario. The link to vote is here
Fall Quick Release
The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is available on the TBN website, so check out the newsletter for great pictures, reviews of events gone by, and a teaser of all the things to look forward to. You can also see all current and many prior Quick Release issues here. A printed version of the Fall issue has already been mailed out to those who opted in to receive the print copy.
Safety Tip of The Week
Your front brake does 75% of the work as you slow because forward momentum shifts your weight over the front wheel as you brake. Here are some tips on how to brake in an emergency without pitching over the front of the bike.
One tip to ensure that the pressure you apply to the brake levers is correct is to use two fingers on the front brake lever and three fingers on the rear. As you break, push your weight back over the rear wheel, if you can, to minimize skidding, which is a sign that the rear wheel is beginning to lose contact with the pavement. If that happens, ease off on the front brakes to regain control of the bike. Once the skid has stopped, you can re-apply pressure on the front brake, although you may not actually need to do so -- most of the breaking happens in the first few seconds.
In an emergency you want to be able to stop as quickly as possible, so practice using both brakes together to be effective. But you may also want to accelerate quickly out of the danger situation. By putting the peddles at three and nine o'clock, parallel to the ground, you will be in good position to keep your balance and pedal quickly out of the situation. But practice on dry pavement only.
Deals, deals, deals
As the cycling season winds down, there are special deals available at some of TBN's retail partners
. Long-time partner Cyclepath Norco Yonge Eglington
has a great selection of fall/winter cycling attire to keep you warm. Remember, TBN members get a 15 percent discount at Cyclepath -- simply show your membership card when you make your purchase.
Check out our other partners
too for TBN member discounts and deals. There's something for everybody.
You will soon see a listing here for an Italian travel company, offering discounts on some fabolous trips in one of the premiere countries in the world to cycle. Check back in a few days.
Remember to re-visit the TBN website before you head out in case your activity is cancelled on short notice. Ride coordinators will always put safety first and cancel a ride if weather conditions pose a danger.
You can also check the ride schedule on your smartphone at www.tbn.ca/mobile.
You do not have to sign up for rides. Just show up at the start point and show your membership card to the ride leader.
Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.