April 28, 2015
Back in December 2014, Adventure Cycling Association announced its 2nd Annual Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Award program. This year we had an overwhelming response from 52 applicants from all across North America. Jocelyn Munoz and Adam Balfour were chosen out of an outstanding field and they both will participate in one of Adventure Cycling’s 2015 Educational Courses this spring.
So, come meet the 2015 Award Winners!
Jocelyn Munoz grew up in Los Angeles, CA and currently attends University of California, Santa Cruz in Northern California where she is majoring in Biology. She is currently a Trip Leader in the UCSC Recreation Department and a Co-Leader in the Youth in Wilderness program as well.
Jocelyn describes her passion for bike touring and her desire to teach and lead others in the following way: “One of my greatest passions is working in outdoor education, and hope to continue this work after college. Currently, my work with the Youth in Wilderness Program is the most satisfying to me because I get to work with “at-risk” high school students who mirror the life I lived before college. The Leadership Training Course or the Introduction to Road Touring 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.)”
Adam Balfour hails from Merritt, North Carolina and recently attended University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, graduating in May 2013. Adam is active in the cycling community where he lives now and works at a local, non-profit bike collective there called the ReCYCLEry NC (Carrboro, NC.) He helps run open bicycle workshops there and teaches bike repair classes regularly.
Adam describes his reasons for pursuing this scholarship in this way: “Since graduating from UNC my cycling goals have become much slower, more enjoyable and increasingly off-road. In 2013 I visited the Adventure Cycling headquarters on a self-organized cross-country tour and am currently writing from Wales (UK) - 5 months into an unscripted bicycle tour and artist research project through the New Foundation in Seattle. Between long tours I have been on multiple independent tours both on road and off, some with friends and some alone.” Adam has been an Adventure Cycling Association member for two years, has participated in Bike and Build (2010) and currently is the owner of his own cycle-bag sewing business DFL Stitchworks in NC.
Jocelyn and Adam are planning to join us on our Leadership Training Course – Oregon II in Eugene this May. They’ll be sporting new bikes originally donated by Koga, panniers donated by Arkel, racks from Old Man Mountain, and self-contained bike touring equipment (such as tents, sleeping bags and pads) from Big Agnes. Bike Flights has also generously donated bike-shipping services for this program as well. Huge thanks to our member donors and our corporate partners Koga, Arkel, Old Man Mountain, Big Agnes and Bike Flights for helping to make this scholarship program a success!
ON THE ROAD is written by the tours team — Lydia, Darrah, Mike, Mandy, and Arlen — tours specialists and intrepid bicyclists, covering all things related to the Adventure Cycling tours department. Check out our 2015 Guided Tours today!