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Adventure Cycling's Bright Lights Big Adventure Membership Drive is all about sharing the inspiration and adventure of bicycle touring and bike overnights beyond our current membership. So, between June 24 and 30, if you are a new member who joins on our website, you will receive a Sigma Micro Light.
Maybe you have been on the road for a few weeks, riding cross country on the Trans Am. Or perhaps you are planning an overnight bike camping trip with your family for the 4th of July. Or maybe you are sitting on your porch, drinking an iced tea and dreaming over the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Share that inspiration with your friends and family!
With the launch of our newly redesigned website last month, we also improved the functionality of the "My Adventure Cycling" account system. Your account allows you to manage your Adventure Cycling Association information, submit a trip to our Ride Registry, as well as offering more streamlined submittal of map corrections.
We fully understand that when you're planning a big ride, you want to stretch your budget as far as you can. With that in mind, we've partnered up with some awesome companies to provide great discounts for our members. Here's what we have to offer.
As 2012 drew to a close, so did our 2012 Share the Joy program. This program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year.
Our 2012 calendar was very popular, so we are excited to offer our 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar! Filled with excellent images from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, as well as portraits and stories from Greg Siple's Portrait Gallery, we have put together a year of inspiration that any bike traveler will appreciate.
As we cycle through the summer and inspiration is high, it's the perfect time to share your love of bicycle touring with your community through one of our special, half-priced Library Memberships. You can give this membership to any of your local libraries, including public, university, and K-12 schools.
BikeToursDirect, a gold-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Jim Johnson, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.
And now ... for someone who really needs no introduction. If you're a member of Adventure Cycling, chances are you've talked to Julie -- she has worked here for over 26 years!
In response to requests from members for an electronic version of the magazine, Adventure Cycling has rolled out the past year's issues in downloadable PDF format. We will continue to offer individual articles from many of our past issues in our publications archive, for anyone to access, but these full-issue downloads are available to current members only.
ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, a silver-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Maria Elena Price, co-owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about her company.
Osprey Packs, a gold-level member, is one of our newest corporate members, joining just after New Year's. Jeff Fox, marketing manager, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about their company.
Cascade Huts is currently a Silver-Level Corporate Member. They have been members for three years, supporting our programs and mission. Co-owners James Koski and Don Bain took some time to answer our questions and tell us more about their small but fascinating business.
WomanTours is currently a gold-level corporate member. They came on as a supporter last year during our U.S. Bike Route System fundraiser (which is happening again this May). Our relationship with them, however, goes back several years, as they have used our maps for many of their tours. Jackie Marchand, the company's owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about their unique company.
Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) is currently our only Titanium Level Corporate Sponsor. They are also the parent company of Salsa and Surly bicycles, both among staff favorites for their own rides. Steve Flagg, the company's founder, took a few minutes to give us some insight into his company and their passion for cycling.
Winners of the 2nd Annual Adventure Cycling Photo Contest.
2010 was a record year for the Adventure Cycling Bicycle Travel Awards. With over 75 total nominations and several nominees receiving multiple nominations, the competition was definitely fierce. Our winners include an amazing line-up of individuals and entities that are doing great work around bicycle travel.
After completing the daunting task of sorting through over 700 entries for our 1st Annual Adventure Cycling Photo Contest, our diligent publications team has chosen an excellent winner, along with a handful of runners up. But before we show you the good stuff, I want to thank everyone who took the time to comb through their photos to submit their best works from bicycle travel. The response was phenomenal and many of the photos were too. So, now on to the photos.
Many of you may not realize that Adventure Cycling offers a membership specifically for bike shops. Local bike shops are key players in getting more folks on bicycles and we want to support them in that effort. We offer benefits that help bike shops connect with our members, stay informed about what's new in bike touring, and share their knowledge with the cycling community.
If you want more great tidbits about the happenings in bike travel, you should definitely sign up for our free e-newsletter, Bike Bits, which is edited by Mac McCoy, our intrepid field editor.
Local clubs can be a great resource for finding new places to ride and new people to ride with. They can also offer opportunities to affect positive change for cycling in your own community.
We have had a few questions from folks about how they can find other riders from their original Bikecentennial '76 groups. We have a few different venues for you to try and reconnect.