Chain of Events
August 16, 2017
Toogood fun for all
Check out TBN's Facebook page for dozens of pictures of the riders and volunteers at this year's Toogood Pond picnic. The weather cooperated, the riding was good and a fun time was had by all. Don't worry if you missed it. There's always next year.
Help keep Friday night on the calendar
The next four Friday Night Rides are posted on the TBN Calendar of Events. But unless a new volunteer steps up to coordinate the program, the last ride in this long-running series will take place on September 8.
Please contact Dave Mader at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are willing to coordinate (or help coordinate) the program. The routes are in place and the current coordinator will turn over their files to you and help you get started. But the new volunteer (or volunteers) will post all future rides on the TBN website, and make sure ride leaders are in place. Several members have already said they are willing to lead rides, so that eases the burden on the coordinator(s).
Please step up to help. It would be a shame to lose this traditional series of Friday night after-work rides.
Can you ride this fast? Marinoni's new record attempt
Come out for a special Saturday Cruising Short
on August 19
, combining a country ride with a chance to watch cycling legend Guiseppe Marinoni try to set a new one-hour distance record for the 80+ age group at the Milton Velodrome. You have options for rides of 66km or 85km, and you will also need to book tickets for Marinoni's record attempt. Check out the TBN website for details of the ride
, and visit eventbrite
to reserve your free tickets for the Velodrome.
Marinoni, who built the bikes that bear his name, rode 35.728km in an hour in 2012 when he set a new record for the 75-79 age category. That's just shy of the current record for the 80+ age group, which stands at 35.772km.
Getting out of town
We're delighted to bring back our popular Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County, where you can enjoy quiet roads, fall colours and delicious food, wine and cider. This year we're basing ourselves at the waterfront Picton Harbour Inn, in the heart of the County, with daily rides of 60 or 80km and options that include a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
Check the website for details of this trip, which runs from Oct 6-Oct 9. Early-bird member pricing starts at $215 for three nights (double occupancy). But you have to sign up by August 17 to get that price.
There's still a few spaces on our fall camping weekend in Awenda Provincial Park, with a chance to enjoy two days of cycling along glorious Georgian Bay. Check the website for more details of the event, which takes place on Sept 15-17.
This Oct 13-15 hiking trip to the Bruce Peninsula is full. But you can still join a waiting list in case there are cancellations. Check the website for details.
Contact Jeannie at email@example.com if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.
Niagara GO Home
Two special rides coming up are the annual Toronto-Niagara-GO Home
rides: Tourists on August 19
and Urban Rollers on August 26
. Ride to Niagara Falls, enjoy a great view of The Falls, dine to your hearts content, and ride the GO train home. Space on the train is limited, so register soon: Tourists (fast) Urban Rollers (moderate)
As always, check the website for details of all the rides and other events that are coming up, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather, or other factors beyond our control.
Deals and special offers on bike stuff, tours, rides, and so on
TBN partners offer great deals for our members. Discounts are also available at numerous bike stores, special bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, 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 at any TBN discount partner.
TBN has an iPhone app
TBN has a new iPhone app, which lets you see with a single click what rides are coming up. 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 (http://www.tbnapplications.com/mobile/events.php).
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.
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.