Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship

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

Whether you are new to bicycle travel or looking to build your outdoor leadership skills, this program is here to help get you in the saddle and out on the road by providing classes and resources to young adults ages 18 to 25.

Each of our two scholarship tracks are designed to support riders of varying levels of experience and cover the cost of attending one of our education courses. In addition to providing transportation, accommodation, and course fees, Adventure Cycling will also hook you up with the right gear to plan your next adventure.

Intro to Bike Travel

Do you have dreams of going on a self-supported bicycle tour but aren't quite ready to hit the road? This award is for riders interested in attending one of our Intro to Road Touring courses. In addition to the course, two scholarship recipients will be outfitted with a new touring bicycle equipped with panniers and other touring gear. 

Outdoor Leadership

Already have bike travel experience and want to get more involved in outdoor leadership? This award is for riders interested in developing their tour planning and leadership skills by attending our Leadership Training Course. In addition to the course, two recipients will also receive a cyclosource gift certificate and have the opportunity to take an additional self-contained tour of their choice.

Learn more about the 2016 Educational Course options.

Read about Adam Balfour and Jocelyn Munoz, our 2015 winners, and our 2014 winners, Alice Viana and John Nguyen.


The 2016 application period is now closed. Winners will be announced in March. Stay tuned!

Support a young person's first bike tour! Donate now >>

Want to donate a product for our scholarship winners or have a question about the program? Please contact Annette Stahelin at (406) 721-1776 or

Adventure Cycling and our scholarship recipients are so grateful to the donors and in-kind support to keep this program growing. Special thanks to: Salsa, Arkel, Big Agnes, Bike Flights, Old Man Mountain, and Portland Design Works.




Photos by Ruth Miller

Tours Team Picks

Ragin' Cajun Country
Ragin' Cajun Country

Fully Supported. Bicycle through the heart of Cajun Country and partake of all the food, music, and culture that Acadiana has to offer.

Utah San Rafael Swell I
Utah San Rafael Swell I

Van Supported. Thousands of mountain bikers zip past and scarcely notice the San Rafael Swell as they drive south toward Green River. Little do they know what an amazing abundance of riding lies hidden in that rugged expanse of country. Discover it yourself and let the van haul the gear and the water!

Route 66: Epic Eastward
Route 66: The Mother Road Eastward

Self Contained. Originally stitched together from wagon tracks, farm roads, and primitive auto trails, the highway that came to be known as the Main Street of America traverses history and a vast array of landscapes and people. This spring, we'll ride from Santa Monica to Chicago on this special tour.