There were some 200 participants at the annual TBN picnic earlier this month, and we offer our special thanks to all the volunteers at Toogood Pond, plus ride leaders, sweeps and all the others who helped make the day such a success. Here are some of the helpers, with apologies to everyone we missed: Paul, Brenda, Michael, Joe, Betty, Roy, Terry, John, Carol, Arlene, Rein, Sandra L, Sandra M, Neale, Catherine and Patsy. It was perfect weather, and we didn't quite run out of burgers, although it was pretty close. There are plenty of pictures on the TBN Facebook page, and you can also check out Brian Tao's 5-minute video.
TBN is looking for a new team of volunteers to run the iconic TNTO weekend, a mid-June adventure to Niagara Falls and back (long and short routes available). The new team will also reset the program, which has been running for the last 26 years. Our recent home, The Rodeway Inn, was sold last year and prices jumped by 20 percent. Please contact Jeannie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. The previous team of Tony Lau, Carole Sovran and Ian Rankin will be happy to help with background and advice.
After a short delay earlier this year, TBN's popular member of the month program is coming back, offering an award that recognizes a member who went over and above the norm to help the club or its members. To nominate someone, please email email@example.com.
Travel with TBN
Wolf Den: September 13-15 SIGN UP NOW
Unusually for a trip that usually sells out almost instantly, there's still space this year on our exciting fall trip to the Wolf Den nature retreat on the edge of Algonquin Park. Enjoy quiet hikes and pretty bike rides on the edge of Algonquin Park in a season when the weather has started to cool down and the bugs have mostly gone. Sign up now, or we may be forced to cancel the trip. More details on the website.
Thanksgiving in Madawaska: October 12-14
A special Thanksgiving trip to the Madawaska Kanu Centre, just south of Algonquin Park, is open for registration. You can register on the TBN website, but you will need to phone the centre to pay for your stay, with prices that depend on whether you're staying in the lodge, in dormitory accommodation or camping. Check the TBN website for more details of this trip, which offers self-guided road cycling (maps provided), a guided mountain biking adventure, or hiking.
Fitz Fall hiking: October 18-20 WAITLIST ONLY
Check out the TBN website to join the waitlist for our sold-out trip to the quaint Fitz Hostel on Lion Head.
New trip ideas?
Contact Jeannie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.
Many bike stores in the Toronto area offer hefty discounts for TBN members, as do a number of bicycle related services. Check the website for the full list.
What's coming up
During the cycling season, Chain of Events offers a quick summary of some events over the coming weeks and months. Please email the editor at email@example.com if there are cycling-related items you would like us to add.
August 24: Toronto-Niagara Falls GO home (Urban Roller version)
August 23-25: Goderich Getaway
August 24: Toronto Bicycle Music Festival
August 31: Toronto-Niagara Falls GO home (Tourist version, rescheduled from August 17)
September 8: Alan Gordon Metric Century ride
September 13-15: Wolf Den cycling/hiking/kayaking weekend
October 12-14: Thanksgiving in Madawaska
October 18-20: Fitz Hostel fall hiking weekend
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.