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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 4, February 19, 2014
This is the 328th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
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"A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." 
--Irina Dunn


This week's opening quote is often attributed to feminist Gloria
Steinem, who popularized the saying but did not coin it. The quote
may well have been the inspiration for the wedding of Lisa Nelson
of San Francisco, who is carrying the man-versus-bike philosophy
a step further: She's marrying her bicycle. The newlywed couple,
who have already been together for 15 years, will leave on a
six-month honeymoon the day after their March 2 wedding. 


For all of you bicycle-travel lovers in the New York City area,
Adventure Cycling and BikeToursDirect will host a gathering in
Manhattan on Thursday, February 27, from 7 to 9 pm. Executive
Director Jim Sayer and Media Specialist Mac McCoy will be in town
to share all the latest from Adventure Cycling, including news
about the brand new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, updates
on advocacy aimed at improving Amtrak's bikes-on-board policy, a
progress report on the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and more. Click
on the link below to find out more about the gathering and to RSVP.
Jim and Mac will be in attendance at the New York Times Travel Show
on March 1 and 2. Learn about the show, which will feature more
adventure-travel purveyors than ever before: 


Two Wheel View (TWV) is a Calgary-based nonprofit that's been
organizing student bicycle expeditions in Canada and abroad since
2001. TWV has announced an expansion of its program to include
new routes and adventures. "We are recruiting students for summer
bicycle expeditions in Argentina, Quebec, and Alberta," said TWV
director Rick McFerrin. "We're looking for students who want to
spend a few weeks experiencing travel by bicycle, living outdoors,
exploring new cultures, and making new friends." Aimed at students
14 years and older, the program features bike trips of ten days to
two weeks, taking place in July and August. "Safety is our top
priority," Rick added. "Our trip leaders are experienced and
trained in student travel, youth development, adventure-based
education, and first aid." Those registering prior to April 1
qualify for an early-bird discount. 


As 2013 drew to a close, so did our 2013 Share the Joy program, which
encourages members to spread the word about Adventure Cycling
Association among their friends and cycling buddies. The program
also awards great prizes throughout the year. Prizes in 2013 included
a Thudbuster Seat Post from Cane Creek, an Everest jacket from Canari,
and a Toocan bag from Detours. Our Share the Joy grand prize was a
Raleigh Sojourn touring bike, the winners of which were Rob and Pat
Wheelhouse, Adventure Cycling life members from Rochester, New York.
You can read more about the Share the Joy winners and their prizes
in yesterday's Membership Highlights blog post:

When we contacted Rob and Pat to let them know they had won the
Raleigh Sojourn, they decided that since they already own good bikes,
they want to donate their prize bike to make a difference in someone's
life. "I rode the Northern Tier Route in 2002, and would like to help
a young person experience the joy of bicycle travel as I have," Rob
said. So, he and Pat will be giving the bike to one of the recipients
of the Adventure Cycling Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship. And
more good news: When Raleigh learned of this generous donation, they
decided to provide another Sojourn to our Youth Scholarship program,
so we can offer great bikes to both of the scholarship recipients.
Learn more about the scholarship at the link below, and note that
the deadline for application is February 28:


Joanna Owens, who's with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry,
contacted Bike Bits to tell us that Hilton Head Island Boys and Girls
Club will be hosting the 8th Annual Pedal 4 Kids Community Ride on
September 27. "This is a ride through Hilton Head Island, with
distance options ranging from 10 to 62 miles," Joanna said. "Last
year was our first time offering the 62-mile event, and it was a
great success. We are working hard to increase rider participation
for all distances." Sounds like a gorgeous ride for a great cause. 


Carolyn Szczepanski, director of communications for the League of
American Bicyclists, informed us that the League is busy preparing
for the upcoming National Bike Summit. "This year's theme is 'United
Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock,' with a focus on funding, safety,
and equity for bicyclists and active transportation," Carolyn said.
"The event is March 3 through 5, in Washington, DC." Representing
Adventure Cycling at the summit will be Executive Director Jim Sayer,
Director of Travel Initiatives Ginny Sullivan, and Saara Snow, our
Travel Initiatives Coordinator. Ginny will be doing a PechaKucha
session (a fast-paced mini-presentation) on the successful grant
proposal she helped spearhead that will fund completion of an 8-mile
trail connecting Missoula and Lolo, Montana, a key addition to both
the TransAmerica and Lewis & Clark bicycle trails. "We're also the
ones 'bringing' Amtrak to the Summit," Ginny said, "in a panel
discussion titled 'Expanding Bicycle Options.' We'll talk about
the Bicycle Task Force formed by Adventure Cycling, the League,
national rail passenger groups, state DOTs, and others to work
with Amtrak on expanding bike service." 


If the name Horribly Hilly Hundred isn't enough to scare you away
from a ride, then maybe the ride's slogan is: "The toughest one-day
challenge ride in the Midwest." Or maybe it's exactly what you're
looking for. The HHH takes place June 14 in and around Blue Mounds,
Wisconsin, with distance options of 100, 150, and 200 kilometers,
or around 60, 90, and 120 miles. The longest of the three includes
more than 10,000 feet of elevation gain on a course that dips and
twirls through the Driftless Area, a region of Wisconsin and Iowa
composed of steep limestone hills bypassed by the Pleistocene
glaciers that flattened out much of those states. The lottery
registration is full for this year, but transfers are still
possible. Plus, it's not too early to put the ride on your
schedule for 2015. 


"Twenty years ago, David Gray and Sustrans founder John Grimshaw
created the C2C cycle challenge from the Irish Sea to the North
Sea, across the Pennines in England. It quickly became the most
popular long-distance cycle route in the UK. The duo are now
hoping to replicate that success with a new, 122-mile sea-to-sea
cycle route, this time for Scotland. Gray plotted out the original
English route before its launch in 1994 and has done the same for
the Scottish route, aided by Grimshaw, who is the former CEO of
Sustrans. Gray used to be the north east coordinator for Sustrans
and now has a cycle holiday business called Chain Events." Read
more about this exciting development:


Todd Murdock was a contributor to the Adventure Cycling publication
"Pedal Pioneers: A Guide to Bicycle Travel with Kids," and he also
has taken our Leadership Training Course. Todd contacted Bike Bits
to tell us that his group is "trying to get some cycle touring and
leadership training going here in the mountains of western North
Carolina. Cycle for credit! I feel a new wave of Adventure Cyclists
coming on!" He explained that the Parks and Recreation Management
Program and the Outdoor Program at Western Carolina University are
combining efforts to offer a bicycle-touring course May 12-18. "It's
a seven-day tour along the C&O Canal Towpath from Cumberland,
Maryland, to Washington, DC," Todd wrote. "This schedule leaves
plenty of time for instruction and a relaxed pace on a great path."
For more info, call Todd at (828) 227-7137 or check out this
Facebook page:


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