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As I was ringing in 2013, I found myself contemplating the best adventures of 2012. By far, at the top of my list was the big adventure in my own backyard: a self-contained (together with Bill ) bike-packing trip to the top of a few high points near Missoula, MT.
As another year comes to a close, it is the perfect time to reflect on, and relive, all of the awesome cycling experiences, new cycling friendships, and beautiful stories from 2012.
We had a great year here in the Adventure Cycling Tours department. More rides, more participants, and more great times! And although those of us stuck here in the office didn't get to be on the road for every tour, the amazing pictures shared by participants made us feel like we were.
With 73 tours being offered by Adventure Cycling Association in 2013, it's easy to find your dream ride. Most people choose their dream ride by date or location; but sometimes mileage, touring style, or even difficulty level is more important.
I recently attended the annual meeting of the Bicycle Tour Network (formally called the National Bike Tour Directors Association) in Denver, Colorado.
Two of Adventure Cycling's final tours for 2012, the inaugural trips for the Big Bend Loop van-supported tour, just wrapped up. For the first trip, I was lucky enough to fill the shoes as co-leader alongside veteran Southern Tier leader, Dave Points.
Let me start out by letting you in on a secret: New England in the fall is incredible. Okay, not much of a secret.
I recently received a copy of the book, "Fifty Places To Bike Before You Die" by Chris Santella and the timing could not have been more perfect.
It's not often that I get to write about tours, but a few of our trips are selling so fast, the tours team can barely keep their hands on their handlebars.
You have spoken and we have listened. We've just announced our full 2013 tours slate and we are very excited about our offerings in 2013.
With winter knocking on my bike, I decided to asked some local experts about winterizing bike tips, and I also mixed in some random thoughts:
The recently-completed Adventure Cycling Wine and Harvest tour was about cycling around the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and yet, it was so much more than that.
With fall underway and winter just around the corner, many cyclists (myself included) are looking forward to sunshine in the not-so-distant coming year.
Although the 2012 tour season is not quite over, Adventure Cycling Association has seen an overwhelming response to our 2012 tours, with almost 1300 participants overall.
The leaves are changing and I now wear a jacket and gloves as I rocket down my hill. There is less light in the evenings, so I have been enjoying riding home in the dappled fall rays.
September is arriving, school is recommencing, the weather is moderating, and Adventure Cycling's 2013 Early, Epic, and Educational tours schedule has been announced.
We've got a lot of fantastic tour leaders here at Adventure Cycling, as well as our fantastic tours themselves! Often a tour leader can take a tour experience from alright to amazing, as I'm sure you know. So how are you supposed to choose? Well, we've selected two of our best for you this week, both leading fall tours along the Pacific Coast, and pitted them against each other to help you decide which leader style is right for you!
As you may already know, Adventure Cycling announced their Early, Epic, and Educational tours for 2013 this past Wednesday. The response has been very overwhelming here in the tours department. The January Florida Keys and Florida LTC tours are already 50% full in just 3 days!
Greg Edwards has been leading and staffing Adventure Cycling tours since 2008.