Adventure Cycling Offers Scholarships for Young Adults to Embark on a Lifetime of Bike Travel

Two 18-30 year-olds will be selected to receive new touring equipment and participate in an Adventure Cycling Association educational tour, including transportation, meals, and accommodations.

MISSOULA, MONTANA, November 15, 2016— Adventure Cycling Association is now accepting submissions for the 4th-annual Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program. Two 18 – 30-year-olds will get the chance to participate in an Adventure Cycling educational course, win cool gear, and more.  

The Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program was developed in response to Adventure Cycling members’ overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to Adventure Cycling's mission to inspire and empower people of all ages to travel by bicycle.

"I really can’t describe all the opportunities and doors Adventure Cycling has opened for me," shared Jocelyn Munoz, one 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship recipient. "I look back at that time period as one that hugely transitioned my life. I not only became a better trip leader, but I learned to prioritize adventure, while balancing real-world responsibilities. I also learned how to write grants, do outreach (like a madwoman), lead trips, and multitask. It not only strengthened my work ethic, but also helped me find passion and motivation in school."

Awards will be offered in two separate categories, based on need and experience level – “Intro to Bike Travel” and “Outdoor Leadership.” Both tracks are designed to support young adults of varying levels of experience and cover the cost of attending an Adventure Cycling educational course. Upon completion, scholarship recipients will take what they’ve learned and apply it to an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel in their communities.

The “Intro to Bike Travel” award is for those who dream of going on a self-supported bicycle tour, but aren't quite ready to hit the road. Once outfitted with a new touring bicycle, thanks to Advocate Cycles, and equipped with panniers and other touring gear, courtesy of Big Agnes, Arkel, and Portland Design Works, the winner will attend an Adventure Cycling Intro to Road Touring course — with their bike shipment covered by Bikeflights.com

The “Outdoor Leadership” award is for those who have bike travel experience and want to get more involved in outdoor leadership. This award is for cyclists interested in developing their tour planning and leadership skills by attending Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course. In addition to the course, the recipient will have the opportunity to take an additional Adventure Cycling self-contained tour of their choice and will receive a $100 Cyclosource gift certificate to refresh their gear.

The application period closes December 31, 2016 (Midnight, EST). Additional information and applications are available at https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/educational-tours/young-adult-bike-travel-scholarship/. Donations to the Young Adult Scholarship Fund can be made at http://www.adventurecycling.org/scholarship.

Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. It is the largest cycling membership organization in North America with more than 51,000 members. Adventure Cycling produces cycling routes and maps for North America, organizes more than 100 tours annually, and publishes bicycle travel information including the award-winning Adventure Cyclist magazine. With over 45,000 mapped miles in the Adventure Cycling Route Network, Adventure Cycling gives cyclists the tools and confidence to create their own bike travel adventures. Phone: 800-755-BIKE(2453). Web: www.adventurecycling.org

CONTACT

Lisa McKinney, Communications Director
lmckinney@adventurecycling.org
Direct: (406) 532-2759 / LinkedIn

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