Cyclon registration closes this coming Monday July 17, so this is your final chance to register for our exciting long weekend in beautiful Kingston on August 4-7. You'll stay in the comfortable residences of Queens University, and enjoy a full weekend of rides and social events. Check out the Cyclon section of the TBN website for everything you need to know about routes, activities, food, and much more. The Kingston area is a great place to ride, combining quiet roads and gentle scenery, island hopping, as well as a few challenging hills. Just ask last year's participants about the Big Hill on the Sydenham Slide, a long, straight wall of asphalt that never seems to end.
Please register now for our summer picnic, a beautiful barbecue lunch at Toogood Pond in Markham on Sunday August 13. You can ride to the picnic from a number of different start points, and then meet your TBN friends at the barbecue. The picnic is free, but we do ask you to register ahead of time so we know how much food to order. Check out the website for more details.
A challenging year for Hairshirt this year, with a cold front, stiff west winds and rain and hail at times. A total of 85 riders started the 322km ride, from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back, and the lead group took just 9 hours and 11 minutes to finish, a new record. Here's what one of those speedy riders had to say about the ride: "Then it started raining, then pouring, then biblical pouring, then hailing. West winds slowed us down, but we stayed strong on Fly Rd... Came in at 9:11 - cutting 22 minutes off the old record. Elated."
TBN wouldn't exist without its volunteers, and we want to be sure that we're not missing any of them when it comes to our thank you messages for the year. So now's the time to put forward any groups or individuals as our Volunteers of the Year, a nomination that the board will consider in the fall season. Please email Ian Rankin at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. We will present our award(s) at a volunteers' party in the fall -- there is no task or individual too small to be considered.
TBN has a brand new iPhone app, so you can see with a single click what rides are coming up with a single click. Just open up the AppStore and look for "Toronto Bicycling Network." We'll have an Android app soon as well, but for now if you don't have an iPhone, please bookmark our mobile friendly site -- you can reach the mobile site on http://www.tbnapplications.com/mobile/events.php
Our Freedom Friday rides have started, the latest addition to TBN's stable of rides. These early morning rides use start locations within an hour's drive from central Toronto, and aim to let you get home before the weekend traffic builds up.These are tourist class rides -- there's no sweep and no regrouping. But some are on paved trails, so the pace will be slower than for a regular tourist ride.
TBN is looking for a new coordinator for our popular Friday night rides. Contact Dave Mader at email@example.com if you can help.
1. You must be a member of the club account at RWGPS to take advantage of some of the features outlined below. First, create your own personal account (either a free one, or a paid one) and then go to the club page (https://ridewithgps.com/clubs/27-toronto-bicycling-network), and submit a request to join. Membership gives you access to 300+ club rides, and you can filter those down to find the ride you want.
2. Check this comprehensive summary of how to use the TBN account on RWGPS to load a map and route onto your Garmin or to generate a printable map and cue sheet. As mentioned above, you must be a member of the club account at RWGPS to use these facilities.
3. Visit YouTube for an instructional video on how to create and print a customized map and cue sheet using TBN's RideWithGPS account.
4. And check out this video for details on how to load a TBN ride onto your smartphone -- a useful tool for people who don't own a separate GPS device.
TBN partners offer great deals for our members. Newer entries include a couple of bike shops, special bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration discounts, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners. There are so many new businesses out there that its tough to keep up and so If someone can help to keep this list up to date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at Hoopdriver or at any other TBN discount partner.
Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures, of which there may be many in 2017.