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Bicycling from the Pacific to the Atlantic is an epic journey that many cyclists dream about and some are privileged enough to experience. The thought of doing a coast-to-coast bike tour had haunted me with a nagging restlessness for many years, developing into a more powerful desire after spending time on the staff of the Adventure Cycling Association, the nerve center for “all things bike touring.”
Beautiful scenery, hospitality, and beer are among the things that bicycle tourists like, and Montana has. The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research recently came out with a study looking at the potential for the bicycle niche of the tourism industry.
In December, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) announced that it finished the 2013 fiscal year with a record number of members at 46,724. Though the organization reported that its sales fell 1 percent from 2012, they have grown 80 percent over the last decade. This year the ACA also received $662,094 in donations from members, foundations and businesses – such as the Tawani Foundation, Climate Ride and New Belgium Brewing.
A couple of years ago, Winona Bateman rode her bicycle from her front door in Missoula and landed in the Buckhorn Bar in Augusta. When the old-timers at the bar found out she had pedaled all the way from the Garden City, they told jokes about Missoulians, asked her about the ride, and bought her beers. The trip was 135 miles or so on one of Adventure Cycling Association’s popular Montana routes, the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Adventure Cycling Association's membership hit an all-time high of 46,724 members in 2013, and the group also hosted more tour participants than ever this year. “Adventure Cycling continues to benefit from the surge of global interest in bicycle travel,” said Jim Sayer, executive director of the organization. “We are being asked by cities, states, and provinces all over North America how they can attract more bicycle tourism and we’re hearing from many businesses that want to get more involved in this thriving sector.”
The Great Allegheny Passage connection with the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath in Cumberland, Md., was recently designated a U.S. Bike Route 50 by the Adventure Cycling Association. Now, cyclists from across the nation and abroad can plan a journey along the trail and into our towns. Over a million cyclists have taken this journey over the past five years.
Six months from now a bicycle race of truly epic proportions will begin on the Oregon Coast. On June 7th riders will begin the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race from Astoria to Yorktown, Virginia. That's a whopping 4,233 miles of racing that will be missing one important thing: support. That's right, competitors in the Trans Am Bike Race will not be allowed any outside assistance.