Adventure Cycling Blog

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The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

Photo by Adam Coppola

June 25, 2014
Deadline Nears for 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest
Deadline Nears for 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest

Just a reminder: Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo will close to submissions at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 30, 2014. 

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April 30, 2014
Bicycle Travel Video Contest: Watch 2013 Winners for 2014 Inspiration
Bicycle Travel Video Contest: Watch 2013 Winners for 2014 Inspiration

So far, 16 videos have been entered in Adventure Cycling’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. If you’re thinking about submitting an entry in the contest, remember you have to do so by June 30. As a little active inspiration, have a look at these winners from the 2013 Bicycle Travel Video Contest.

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April 18, 2014
Have a Happy Thomas Stevens Day
Have a Happy Thomas Stevens Day

Adventure Cycling will be closed on Monday, April 21, to celebrate our very own holiday, Thomas Stevens Day.

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April 16, 2014
A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That
A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

A few random links to news stories and blog posts dealing with Adventure Cycling Association that you may not have seen before.

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April 7, 2014
Where Are All the American Cycling Videographers?
Where Are All the American Cycling Videographers?

So far, 13 videos have been entered in Adventure Cycling’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest. They wear intriguing and evocative titles like "Majer István Emléktúra 2013," "Spices & Spandex: The Cookbook," and "Mountain Biking to Dakshinkali Temple — Kathmandu, Nepal."

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April 2, 2014
Great Divide Book Signings Coming Up in Eugene, Portland, Clackamas
Great Divide Book Signings Coming Up in Eugene, Portland, Clackamas

Later this month, I'll be appearing at a trio of REI stores in the great state of Oregon to celebrate the new edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.

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March 19, 2014
Meet the Video Contest Judges
Meet the Video Contest Judges

As announced by media director Winona Bateman in her post of January 2, 2014, to celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to our 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. Our panel of volunteer judges will name one winner for each of the three submission categories (Best Long Distance Tour Video, Best Short Tour Video, and Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist), and choose the winner of our Bike Travel Spirit Award. And who are these judges? Let me introduce them.

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March 17, 2014
Great Divide Book Signings Coming Up in Salt Lake City, Denver, Boulder
Great Divide Book Signings Coming Up in Salt Lake City, Denver, Boulder

In 2000, about two years after all of the maps for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route had been printed, we published a guide to the route with possibly the longest book title ever: Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.

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February 19, 2014
Revisiting How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts
Revisiting How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts

As Media Director Winona Bateman announced in her January 2 News, Networking, and New Media post, the 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo is open for submissions, and will remain open through June 30. 

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February 19, 2014
Fat Bike February
Fat Bike February

For the second year running, Adventure Cycling Association is celebrating Fat Bike February. You can join in the fun on Instagram, on our blog, and over on our Facebook page.

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January 2, 2014
2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest Is Open
2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest Is Open

To celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to our 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo!

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December 31, 2013
Happy New Year
Happy New Year

See you on Thursday, January 2. 

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December 24, 2013
Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

We're heading home to don our gay apparel and drink hot chocolate for a few days. The office will be open on Thursday, December 26, and Friday, December 27. See you back on the blog on Monday, December 30.

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December 5, 2013
2013 Bicycle Travel Award Winners
2013 Bicycle Travel Award Winners

Adventure Cycling Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards! The Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals and groups making bicycle adventures possible. Support can come in a myriad of forms, from route creation to a hot shower, and these awards are Adventure Cycling's way of saying a big, collective ‘THANK YOU!’

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November 27, 2013
Last Chance: Enter the 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Today
Last Chance: Enter the 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Today

Our 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest closes on November 30. After you've stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving goodness, why not share your bike-tour photographs with your friends or family and, while you're at it, pick out some of your best shots to submit?

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November 13, 2013
40 Years of Adventure Cycling: Looking to 2016
40 Years of Adventure Cycling: Looking to 2016

Did you ride Bikecentennial '76? Have you ridden the TransAm? Do you love bike travel? How would you like to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Adventure Cycling and the TransAm in 2016? 

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October 23, 2013
Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights
Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights

Made famous in large part by the fabulous documentary Ride the Divide and its subject, the unsanctioned, winner-takes-nothing-but-bragging-rights Tour Divide race, which runs the route's entire 2,774 miles, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route has received incredible media coverage over the last few years. The route's solitude and beauty is accessible to cyclists of all kinds. Watch this video to see why you might want to ride the Great Divide.

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May 15, 2013
The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky
The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky

The New York World called it “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman” and said it marked the birth of “the new woman”—independent, dynamic, and free. But for over a century, the extraordinary story of Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky has remained practically unknown – until now.

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April 30, 2013
Adventure Cycling Seeks Web Developer/Systems Analyst

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, detail-oriented Web Developer/Systems Analyst to develop, administer and support the organization's outward-facing web sites and IT infrastructure. This is a unique opportunity for someone who enjoys programming and working in an open, friendly environment — and if you ride a bicycle, that’s a definite plus.

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April 14, 2013
Welcome to Our New Website
Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new adventurecycling.org! This photo perfectly expresses how we're feeling right now, like we have accomplished a great goal and we're super excited to share it with you! We are thrilled to launch our new website and hope it serves Adventure Cycling members and all traveling cyclists very well. We've been working hard over the last year to build it and look forward to hearing your feedback. This is a quick introduction to the major changes and new features. Enjoy!

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February 13, 2013
How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts

In September, Adventure Cycling announced its first Bicycle Travel Video Contest. Since then, we've enjoyed a slew of submissions from touring cyclists around the globe. We've also had the great pleasure of publishing a series of how-to posts on creating bike-touring videos, contributed by some of our volunteer judges -- all experienced touring cyclists and knowledgeable videographers. Their posts covered everything from storytelling to equipment. We thought it would be fun to offer a round up of those expert posts so you can enjoy them all in one place.

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January 23, 2013
10 Tips for Video Post Production
10 Tips for Video Post Production

I have spent a lot of time trying to improve my photography and filming skills. Filming something well is almost identical to taking a good photograph. The same principles apply. Learn how your camera works. Give some thought to how to take a good photograph or video clip. If you don't do that then even the geekiest post-production expert will not be able to create a masterpiece for you.

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December 19, 2012
Finding a Balance With Shooting, Editing, and, You Know, Cycling

I know what you're thinking -- there are a lot of commas in that title. Just know that they're there for emphasis. You might also be thinking about creating videos on your bike tour and posting them to your web log, or "blog" as the kids call it these days. Well great! That's why we're all here. You've learned how to make a bicycle touring video, you've learned what tripods to use, and you've learned the art of storytelling thanks to the other bloggers and judges so far.

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December 18, 2012
Janapar: Embrace the Journey
Janapar: Embrace the Journey

When the three young men featured at the start of Tom Allen's new film, Janapar, set out on their round-the-world bicycle tour, Tom's voice-over says something to the effect of "there is something out there ... we want to create meaning in our lives." Quickly the challenges of the road and the beauty found alongside it begin to carve that meaning, chucking artifice aside until the group splinters and each man goes his own way. We then follow Tom into the desert, into a woman's life, into his existential thoughts on exploring the world by bike, without a road map.

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December 17, 2012
2012 Bicycle Travel Award Winners
2012 Bicycle Travel Award Winners

Adventure Cycling Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2012 Bicycle Travel Awards! The Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals and groups making bicycle adventures possible. Support can come in a myriad of forms, from route creation to a hot shower, and these awards are Adventure Cycling's way of saying a big, collective ‘THANK YOU!’

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