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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 18, September 16, 2015
This is the 365th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,184 other readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website, Bike Bits arrives in text-only format for quick download and includes links for more information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own bicycle adventures.


"One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle." 
--Michael Palin 

On Monday, September 14, Amtrak launched roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited, which links Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. Much of the route parallels two popular bicycle trails, the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, which together provide 335 continuous miles of off-road cycling between Pittsburgh and the nation's capital. Amtrak hosted ribbon cutting events at the Chicago and Washington stations on Monday and the communities of Cumberland, Maryland, and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, also organized celebratory events. Read all about it, including details on Adventure Cycling's involvement in this terrific project, here: 
More great news! The Commonwealth of Virginia is offering an enhanced walk-up, checked bike service between September 15 and 30 on select trains headed to Richmond--site of the UCI Road World Championships (September 19 through 27)--from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Wilmington, Washington, and Alexandria. Click here to read the full scoop:


Quebec's Route Verte, or "Green Route," is considered by many the gold standard in North America for integrated regional bike networks. The petition linked below calls for the Quebec government to not eliminate the route's maintenance budget, a move that could result in the imminent closure of several sections. We often look to Route Verte, which attracts an estimated five million riders per year, for information and inspiration in our efforts to develop the U.S. Bicycle Route System. As of the morning of September 15, the petition had received about 17,700 signatures; let's see if Bike Bits readers can push that number over the goal of 20,000! Note that the deadline for signing is October 1st.


Indeed, the Route Verte draws cyclists to the province from throughout the world, but the Quebec event known as "Traversée du Lac-Saint-Jean a Vélo" will probably never be quite as popular. Nevertheless, it's an interesting concept: Fat biking 32 kilometers (20 miles) across a frozen, snow-covered lake. According to the event website, "Whether you are a ‘racer' or an ‘adventurer,' we invite you to register to participate in this unique adventure." There are also 10- and 15-kilometer options for those wanting something a little less extreme. The ride, which takes place February 27, 2016, was inspired by the marathon swimming competition that's been held on the lake north of Quebec City since the 1950s. 


Here's a fun little video to watch if you've never seen the 1969 movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"--or even if you have. Who knew (or remembers) that Paul Newman was such a good bike handler? 


Join us in the Gateway City on Wednesday, September 30, for a very special gathering. Ginny Sullivan, director of travel initiatives, will be there to share information about Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary celebrations coming up next year (and how you can get involved!), our ongoing work with Amtrak and the National Park Service, progress in the development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and more. There will be refreshments, of course, and plenty of opportunities to hobnob with your fellow St. Louis-area cycling friends. The get-together happens from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Louis Bicycle Works, 2414 Menard. Please RSVP no later than September 25 by emailing or calling (406) 532-2751. 


According to the newly launched website of Ride Klamath Ride, "With over 300 days of sunshine each year, spectacular scenery, and hundreds of miles of bike routes and trails, Klamath is one of the West's best biking destinations … You will be wowed by incredible views, abundant wildlife, and extraordinary recreation opportunities." The Klamath region is defined as the area between Oregon's Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument, situated a few miles south of the state line in Northern California. The website features route maps depicting nearly 900 miles of road bike routes, 70 miles of mountain bike trails, and 179 miles of gravel roads. 


The link below will take you to an intriguing Adventure Journal profile of endurance cyclist Jay Petervary, aka JayP, who we believe has ridden the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in its entirety more times than any other person. "When I started bikepacking, I ran really lean," Petervary tells writer Vernon Felton. "I didn't even bring a sleeping bag on these multi-week races and that kind of blew people away." Warning: The opening photo alone may tempt you to pursue your own Great Divide adventure. 


Click on the link below to check out an article from the Sunday, September 13, Missoulian, focusing on a new art park in the newspaper's namesake city. The park is being developed under a groundbreaking partnership involving the Missoula Art Museum, the city of Missoula, and none other than Adventure Cycling Association. 


As laid out in the press release linked below, in its first-ever summer field season the Utah State University-based Utah Conservation Corps bike crew accomplished trail improvement projects in a pair of Utah state parks, East Canyon and Deer Creek. Billed as the nation's first pedal-powered bike crew, the workers traveled over 530 miles using only cargo bicycles to transport themselves, tools, food, and camping gear to and around the parks. The crew was funded by a $20,000 grant from Utah State Park's Recreational Trails Program, with additional support from several corporate sponsors. Read more here: 


Here's a nice little story from the Hot Springs, South Dakota, newspaper about the Adventure Cycling group that recently visited town. "Tents and bicycles dominated Hot Springs' Centennial Park Tuesday afternoon into early Wednesday morning," the piece begins. "Both belonged to a group of nearly 50 bicyclists from the Adventure Cycling Association, a non-profit bicycle touring organization, making their way through the Black Hills on a seven-day tour that began in Rapid City." 


Until next time, click on to see what The New York Times has to say about the reemergence of the cycling cap as a fashion statement. 

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