Press Releases

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June 24, 2014
Adventure Cycling Campaign Raises Over $160,000 for U.S. Bicycle Route System

Missoula, Montana, June 24, 2014 — Adventure Cycling Association's fifth annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign raised more than $160,000 for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) during National Bike Month (May 2014).

June 17, 2014
U.S. Bicycle Route System Adds 800+ Miles of New Routes

MISSOULA, MONTANA, June 17, 2014 — Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved more than 800 miles of new routes: U.S. Bicycle Route 1 in Massachusetts, U.S. Bicycle Route 10 in Washington State, U.S. Bicycle Route 50 in Ohio, U.S. Bicycle Routes 36 and 37 in Illinois, and U.S. Bicycle Route 50 in the District of Columbia. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 6,790 miles of routes across the nation.

May 29, 2014
Deadline Nears for 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest

Winners will land prizes and broad exposure to Adventure Cycling members and robust online communities

MISSOULA, MONTANA, May 29, 2014 — The deadline is drawing near for Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest, which celebrates the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel through videos shot around the world by amateur videographers traveling by bike. Submissions must be made through the contest’s Vimeo group by June 30, 2014.

May 1, 2014
Adventure Cycling Launches 5th Annual U.S. Bicycle Route System Campaign

Annual fundraiser kicks off to support creation of the largest official cycling network in the world

MISSOULA, MONTANA, May 1, 2014 — For the fifth year in a row, Adventure Cycling is kicking off its celebration of National Bike Month by launching a month-long U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) fundraising campaign, Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. Thanks in part to more than $270,000 raised over the last four years by this spring event, 5,973 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) have been designated, with thousands more to come.

February 25, 2014
Adventure Cycling Releases Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Maps

New 518-mile off-pavement cycling route provides access to 50+ hot springs and beautiful wildlands

MISSOULA, MONTANA, February 25, 2014 — Maps are now available for Adventure Cycling Association’s Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR). The brand-new two-map set guides cyclists through the breathtaking landscape of central Idaho along a spectacular 518-mile off-pavement route, offering four substantial singletrack options, and featuring access to more than 50 hot springs in the Gem State. ?

February 18, 2014
Alex Strickland Joins Adventure Cycling Association as Assistant Publications Director

Brings background in cycling industry and small-town newspapering

MISSOULA, MONTANA, February 18, 2014 — Adventure Cycling Association today announced that Alex Strickland has joined the staff as Assistant Publications Director, a new position at the organization. Strickland will devote much of his time to helping create nine issues a year of Adventure Cyclist magazine, one of the most popular bicycle-travel magazines in the world. He will also help manage the flow of other projects for the publications department of Adventure Cycling, the largest cycling membership group in North America.

February 4, 2014
Adventure Cycling Association Launches Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship

Two college students will be selected to participate in an Adventure Cycling educational tour, free of cost

MISSOULA, MONTANA, February 4, 2014 — Adventure Cycling Association is now accepting submissions for its new Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. One or two successful candidates will be selected to participate in one of Adventure Cycling’s 2014 educational courses. 

December 20, 2013
Adventure Cycling Association Celebrates Another Strong Year

Membership and tour participants hit all-time highs, new maps on the way

MISSOULA, MONTANA, December 20, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association finished FY13 strongly, achieving all-time highs in membership and tour participants. It also completed research for its new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route and began mapping its much anticipated long-distance route, Bicycle Route 66.

December 3, 2013
Adventure Cycling Association Honors Bicycle Travel Award Winners

MISSOULA, MONTANA, December 5, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association has announced the winners of its 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards. “This was an inspiring for our awards program, we received 66 outsanding nominations,” said Alison Riley, awards committee chair. “We couldn’t be more excited to present this year’s winners.”

November 5, 2013
New U.S. Bicycle Routes Approved in Maryland and Tennessee
New U.S. Bicycle Routes Approved in Maryland and Tennessee

Approved routes in U.S. Bicycle Route System now encompass 5,847 miles in 12 states

MISSOULA, MONTANA, November 5, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved U.S. Bike Route 50 in Maryland, which follows the C&O Canal Towpath, and U.S. Bike Route 23 in Tennessee.

October 23, 2013
Second Edition of Great Divide Guidebook Released
Second Edition of Great Divide Guidebook Released

Guidebook for longest off-pavement bicycling route in the world re-released as popularity of bikepacking and dirt touring grows

MISSOULA, MONTANA, October 24, 2013 — Amidst surging interest in off-pavement touring and bikepacking, Adventure Cycling Association celebrates the publication of the second edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route by Michael McCoy (The Mountaineers Books, 2013).

June 28, 2013
Adventure Cycling Association Issues Strong Warning Over Riding Canadian Section of Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

MISSOULA, MONTANA, June 28, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association issued a strong warning today to cyclists planning to ride its Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in Canada. The organization, which developed and regularly updates the route, advised that, because of the extraordinary flooding and damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, cyclists should not attempt to ride the Canadian section of the route this year.

June 13, 2013
Adventure Cycling Campaign Raises Over $128,000 for U.S. Bicycle Route System

MISSOULA, MONTANA, June 13, 2013  Adventure Cycling Association's fourth annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign raised more than $128,000 for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) during National Bike Month (May 2013). “We greatly appreciate the support of our members, donors, and other cyclists,” said Development Director Amanda Lipsey. “These funds will help us work side by side with more volunteers in more states to expand the U.S. Bicycle Route System in 2014.” 

June 6, 2013
National Park Service Signs Agreement with Adventure Cycling Association
National Park Service Signs Agreement with Adventure Cycling Association to Promote Bicycling Network Through National Parks

WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2013 — National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Adventure Cycling Association on April 30, 2013, formalizing a partnership to promote collaboration between bicycling interests and the National Park Service. The five-year agreement builds on an existing partnership and enables the Adventure Cycling Association to work with the National Park Service to build a nationwide bicycle route network through national parks.

May 10, 2013
U.S. Bicycle Route System Expands to 5,616 Miles

AASHTO approves new routes in Minnesota, Missouri, and realignments in Kentucky

Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved a new section of U.S. Bicycle Route 45 in Minnesota, USBR 76 in Missouri, and realignments for USBR 76 in Kentucky. With these new approvals, the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 5,616 miles of official U.S. Bike Routes in 10 states: Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia. 

May 1, 2013
Adventure Cycling Launches 4th Annual U.S. Bicycle Route System Campaign

Annual fundraiser kicks off with a $35,000 matching challenge, more new route approvals expected next week

Missoula, Montana — For the fourth year in a row, Adventure Cycling is kicking off its celebration of National Bike Month by launching its month-long U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) fundraising campaign, Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. Thanks in part to the $150,000 raised over the last four years by this annual spring event, 5,071 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been designated so far. This year, Adventure Cycling hopes to raise $100,000 by May 31.

December 13, 2012
Adventure Cycling Honors 2012 Bicycle Travel Award Winners

Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest cycling membership organization, is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 Bicycle Travel Awards. "This was such an inspiring year for our awards program, we received 56 nominations," said Alison Riley, awards committee chair. "Our awards serve as an opportunity to recognize some of the incredible people and organizations that make a difference for bicycle touring and cycling in general. These people make America a better, friendlier, and more connected country."

December 4, 2012
9 New Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming

Globally and in the U.S., bike tourism is becoming more popular and lucrative

Missoula, Montana — As 2012 winds down, bicycle tourism and travel are zooming upward. Recent studies and stories from around the world indicate that bicycle travel of all kinds — short trips and long, luxury and cheap, big events and small tours — is enjoying the kind of popularity not seen since the 1970s, when bike touring experienced a major renaissance. Here are 9 new indicators that bike travel and tourism are booming.

November 8, 2012
2012: Banner Year for Bicycle Travel and Adventure Cycling Association

North America's "bicycle-travel expert" notches new records for members, sales, revenue, tours, charitable contributions, and opens an expanded, renovated headquarters

Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today announced a strong financial and program performance for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012). The organization now operates with a $4.95 million dollar budget, up 17% over last year.

August 2, 2012
Outside Magazine Names Adventure Cycling As One Of America's Best Places To Work In 2012

Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today was named to Outside Magazine's fifth annual "Best Places to Work" list. Adventure Cycling was ranked No. 89 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com.