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November 1, 2017

This is your last AGM chance

Registration for TBN's annual meeting and dinner dance closes on Thursday ahead of the party, which takes place at Whistlers Bar and Grill, just north of Broadview subway station, on Saturday, November 4. This is your chance to learn what TBN changes are afoot and find out who are the volunteer(s) of the year for 2017. No bicycles are allowed in the dining room, but you'll have lots of opportunities to meet people and have fun.We're offering food, drink (cash bar) and great company, with a choice of menus for vegetarians and meat-eaters. The price? Just $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

Check the website for more details.


Annual meeting agenda

Check out the 'documents' part of the About TBN dropdown menu of our website for information on the AGM including the agenda, a proposal to amend the constitution, the draft 2017 Financial Statement and the minutes from the 2016 meeting. You must be logged into the TBN website as a member to view these items. 

Splendid spin sessions coming up

We would love to have more members join TBN's superb indoor cycling training sessions at the downtown Adelaide Club, the perfect way to keep your cycling muscles all tuned up during the winter. The sessions are set to start again on Wednesday nights in the second half of November. Carmen Diges, a cycling coach and certified master instructor for spinning, draws on her racing and coaching experience to develop a program that meets TBN members' goals and needs. She develops progressive classes, and tests regularly so participants meet their personal goals. Plus you'll get a chance to try the Adelaide's new state-of-the-art Stages bikes, with power meter technology. 

These are not your run-of-the-mill spin classes. It's an opportunity you won't want to miss. Contact spinning@tbn.ca if you are interested.



Travel with TBN

To meet your requests, TBN plans more weekend and multi-day trips next season, and more variety. Keep a close eye on the overnight trips section of the website for details.

The extra trips will also offer more opportunities for TBN members to volunteer. Contact TBN president Ian Rankin if you want to help.

Wanakita January 12-14

Spend two nights at the comfortable YMCA Camp Wanakita on beautiful Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Friday snacks and five delicious meals are included in the cost of $234 for members and $246 for non-members. Activities include classic skiing on 25km of onsite groomed trails, snowshowing (showshoes provided) and skating on the lake (bring your own skates). There's also toboganing, and a night ski to a bonfire. 

Check the Overnight trips page of the website for details and to register.

Wolf Den February 2-4

There's just one space, for a male, for our Feb 2-4 weekend ski trip to Wolf Den, near the entrance to Algonquin Park. The weekend price of $100 for members and $110 for non members includes accommodation, Friday night food, two pancake breakfasts and supplies for sandwich lunches. Saturday dinner is a potluck. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are both available.


Ride the Big Apple

Some TBNers are looking to organize a small group to participate in the New York City 5 Boro ride on May 6 next year, and we're seeking a sense of how many of you might be interested. 

The tentative plan includes car pools to the New York area and shared accommodation for four nights in New Jersey, just across the river from Manhattan. Costs for registration and accommodation are likely to be around $675 per person, which will include time to explore New York, plus a couple of bike rides near the city. We're looking for expressions of interest by November 10, and and soon after that will be seeking a small, non-refundable deposit to guarantee your spot, followed by full payment. Check the website for details, and click here to express interest.

The 5 Boro ride started in 1977 with 250 riders. Next year 32,000 riders will cycle 65 kilometres through NYC's five boroughs, along streets and bridges closed to traffic for the once-a-year occasion. There are bands and music all along the route, plus a big party at the end. Note that because of the numbers, this ride takes place at a “relaxed pace.” Click the link for a short video of the ride.

Please contact Dan Richards if you are interested.


Contact Jeannie at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN. 


Fall Programs

Our programs of Fall Hikes and City Walks have both started up again. Check the website for more details.

Please note we're still seeking a leader for November 26, the last fall hike of the season. Contact coordinator Vicki Bondy at hiking@tbn.ca if you can help. She'll even let you pick the destination.


Reminders

Still riding?

Most of our cycling programs have finished for this season, with the exception of the Sunday Tourist and Wednesday Wheelie rides, which keep going until the end of December (weather permitting). But watch the TBN Forum and the TBN Facebook page for details on unofficial rides and other events. In fact, anyone can organize an unofficial ride; you do not have to be a ride leader. (Note that TBN insurance does not cover unofficial rides.)

Someone to ski with

A friendly reminder about High Park Ski Club's New Members' night, which takes place at the Raiders E-Sports Centre at 439 St Clair Avenue West on Thursday, November 23. You can meet the HPSC leaders and join a charity raffle -- a $5 ticket gives you the chance to win special prizes as well as a big Grand Prize. Proceeds go to Ontario Track 3 Ski Association, a volunteer charity that helps kids and youth with disabilities to “discover their confidence, develop their talents and achieve their physical potential through the magic of snow sports.”

HPSC offers Alpine and Nordic ski day and overnight trips in Ontario and beyond. Learn more about High Park Ski Club here

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. 

Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at any TBN discount partner. 

As always, check the TBN 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.


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.

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