Adventure Cycling Opens 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarships

Two young adults will be selected to participate in an Adventure Cycling educational tour, free of costs

MISSOULA, MONTANA, January 12, 2015 — Adventure Cycling Association is now accepting submissions for the Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship. Two successful candidates will be selected to participate in one of Adventure Cycling’s 2015 educational courses. Each scholarship covers transportation to attend one of the courses, the cost of the course (which includes meals and accommodations), as well as a new touring bicycle outfitted with bike travel gear such as panniers.

The goal of the scholarship is to provide young adults, ages 18-25, with access to bicycle travel through participation in either an Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course or Introduction to Road Touring course. Upon completion of the course, scholarship recipients will perform outreach activities for their communities and peers to promote the activity of bicycle touring.

The scholarship program was developed at the request of Adventure Cycling members as a way to introduce more young people to the experience of bike travel. Adventure Cycling board member Andy Baur and his wife Betsy made a large match donation to fund the scholarships and to encourage members to raise money for the fund. “A key reason we were able to create this scholarship is because our members and donors want to ensure that the next generation learns to love bicycle touring,” said Executive Director Jim Sayer. “Based on our first year’s experience, we expect the program to grow and grow.”

The application period closes February 1, 2015. Additional information and applications are available at https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/the-greg-siple-award-for-young-adult-bicycle-travel/. Donations to the Young Adult Scholarship Fund can be made at http://www.adventurecycling.org/scholarship.

CONTACT
Alison Riley, Digital Media Coordinator
ariley@adventurecycling.org
Direct: (406) 532-2772 / Twitter: @advcyclingassoc

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Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. It is the premier bicycle-travel organization in North America with more than 47,000 members. Adventure Cycling produces cycling routes and maps for North America, organizes more than 100 tours annually, and publishes the best bicycle-travel information anywhere, including Adventure Cyclist magazine. With 42,180 meticulously mapped miles in the Adventure Cycling Route Network, Adventure Cycling gives cyclists the tools and confidence to create their own bike-travel adventures. Contact the office at (800) 755-BIKE (2453), info@adventurecycling.org, or visit www.adventurecycling.org.

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