TBN held a special thank you party last week to recognize volunteers from past years and welcome members who want to volunteer. President Ian Rankin presented two awards, to Patsy Cook and Mick O'Meara as TBN's Volunteers of the Year, and the special President's Award to Mary Newman for managing the 2017 Membership Survey. Mary has also stepped in to run the Friday Night riding program, which was threatened with extinction last year. Thank you Mary, Patsy, Mick and all the other volunteers.
If you want to volunteer, please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toronto International Bike Show, on March 2-4, will showcase everything that manufacturers are plotting for the season, and offer retailers, bike-friendly regions, tour operators and other vendors a chance to tout their wares. It's the perfect place to look for a new bike or new biking swag, or to find maps for that region that you've always wanted to explore.
As in past years, TBN will have a stand at the show to explain the club to newcomers and encourage them to join, or at least explain how they can come out for a test ride. Contact Ed at email@example.com if you want to help at the booth.
The Bike Show takes place at the Better Living Centre on the Exhibition Grounds. TBN volunteers get free entry to the show.
TBN's Friday night skating programme runs right through the winter. Remember, you do not need a TBN membership to participate as we skate on public rinks. This is a social event, not an athletic one, and we welcome all levels of skaters, including beginners, as well as non-skaters. "Non-skaters?" you may ask. Well yes, sometimes we have had more people at the apres-skate than on the ice. Once we know the venue, skaters call their friends, and then the more the merrier. Watch the website for details.
TBN has opened registration for the annual Hairshirt ride, which takes place on Sunday, June 24. Ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls in the morning/afternoon, and back in the afternoon/evening for a total one-day distance of 322km. Check the website for more details of this challenging once-a-year ride.
A quick note on some of the bike-focused events to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. If you have something to add to this new feature in Chain of Events, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 3: Cycle Toronto hosts its annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride. The event starts at 11:30 am at Alexander the Great Parkette (Danforth Ave at Logan Ave), and continues with a short, family-friendly ride starting at noon. Click here for details.
March 2-4: Toronto International Bike Show. TBN will have a booth at the show.
May: TBN cycling trips to New York, Kentucky and the Niagara region. Details on the website.
May 12: TBN's Spring Kickoff breakfast. Stay tuned for details.
June 3: Ride for Heart. It's never too early to start fundraising for this annual event, which gives you a chance to ride your bike along the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, along with tens of thousands of other riders.
June 16-17: TNTO. This is our annual ride-to-Niagara Falls weekend, with a choice of routes starting from Toronto or from Stoney Creek near Hamilton.
June 24: TBN's annual Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt ride. Registration is open now.
August 3-6: Cyclon. Join 200 TBNers for our annual signature event, offering four days of riding from a comfortable base in Waterloo, Ontario.
September: TBN overnight trips, to Quebec and to Vermont. Details coming soon.
TBN now offers you the opportunity to print your own membership card and cut down on TBN administrative costs. Use your email and password to access your profile on the TBN website, and then click on your name at the top left of the page. The membership card will appear under Membership Details. If you want a hard copy of the card, please email email@example.com to request one.
TBN's superb indoor cycling training sessions at the downtown Adelaide Club are a fantastic way to stay fit and get ready for spring cycling. Master spinning instructor and competitive cyclist Carmen Diges develops these progressive classes and tests regularly so participants meet their goals. Plus, you'll get a chance to try the Adelaide's state-of-the-art Stages bikes, with power meter technology.
Classes are from 6:35 to 7:35 p.m on Wednesdays. The eight-week series is $90 plus HST. Please register with Lauren at 416-367-9957 x 4309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees for rose from January 1 to keep finances stable as costs rise. This means, for example, that the renewal fee for a single member will go up to $40 from $35. Respondents to TBN's 2017 membership survey described TBN as excellent value for money and made clear they were open to higher fees.
Whistlers Bar and Grill has hosted TBN's annual meeting (and dinner dance) more often than any other venue in the club's history. But Whistlers is closing in 2018, and we're looking for ideas for a new location to help us celebrate the year,. Please email social director Susan Bishop at email@example.com if you have suggestions for a venue for the 2018 event.
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.
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.