Adventure Cycling Selects Bike Travel Scholarship Winners

 

 

Two young adults win a self-contained bike touring set-up and will participate in an Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course

MISSOULA, MONTANA, April 28, 2015 — Adventure Cycling Association is thrilled to announce the two winners of its 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program. Now in its 2nd year, the scholarship program was developed at the request of Adventure Cycling members as a way to bring more young people to the experience of bike travel.

“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.

Jocelyn Munoz from Los Angeles, CA and Adam Balfour from Merritt, NC were chosen out of 52 outstanding applications, which came from all over the United States and even beyond. “The Leadership Training Course will add to my ‘leadership skills file’ and can be applied to the new bicycle touring adventure program I am introducing to the Rec (Recreation Department at UCSC),” said Jocelyn, who is currently a Trip Leader in the University of Santa Cruz Recreation Department.

Through their scholarships, both Jocelyn and Adam have chosen to attend Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course in Eugene, OR this May, where they will learn about the philosophy of leadership and how it applies to self-contained and supported bicycle tours. They will spend 4 days with road-savvy leaders exploring the dynamics of outdoor leadership, the hows and whys of group motivation, and successful conflict resolution. They’ll also learn bicycle repair, camping how-tos, food preparation, chore rotation, cycling safety, and more.

Adam, who is active in the cycling community where he lives now, helps run open bicycle workshops there and teaches bike repair classes regularly. “I feel that this training would help to further develop myself as a leader and member not only on cycle tours but also within cycling advocacy community”.

2 Koga Traveller bicycles donated for this years winners!

Thanks to the generous support of Koga, each winner is getting a fully-loaded Traveller bicycle, a robust trekking bike for long and short bike trips. Each will also receive panniers donated by Arkel, racks from Old Man Mountain, and self-contained bike touring equipment (tents, sleeping bags and pads) from Big Agnes. Bike Flights has also generously donated bike-shipping services. Each scholarship also covers their airfare and the cost of the course, which includes meals and accommodations. The program is also made possible through the generous support of Adventure Cycling’s members. 

Learn more about the winners, their outreach plans after the Training Course, and the program read our most recent tours blog

For more information about 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program, visit us at on-line.

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Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. It is the largest cycling membership organization in North America with more than 48,000 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 44,673 meticulously 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.

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

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