Bicycle Touring Has Turned My Life Up to 11

November 24, 2017

“I’ve been an evangelist of cycling, and more specifically touring. I realized at some point that Adventure Cycling’s mission was unlikely to ever change from matching MY mission. To borrow a phrase from the movie This is Spinal Tap, bicycle touring has turned my life up to 11.” –Brian Managan, Adventure Cycling tour leader and donor, shares our mission to “inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle”

As traveling cyclists, our journeys are marked by the generosity we experience on the road. Sometimes the smallest act of encouragement makes all the difference when the uphill, heat, wind, or road feels relentless. These are the memories that remain long after we’ve unpacked our panniers.

Adventure Cycling is asking you to think about the generous acts you’ve experienced and extend that feeling to other would-be cyclists by donating on #GivingTuesday, November 28. Your donation makes our work possible and makes America a safer, better place for bike travel.

We’re raising $15,000 in one day. And when you donate on #GivingTuesday, your donation will be doubled by our Holiday Trailblazers, one of which is Larry Scott, below.

Every donation has a story. What’s yours? Below, we’ve shared a few of our members reasons why they donate to Adventure Cycling.

Be inspired, donate, and share your own story in the comments.

Karen and Brian Managan, Adventure Cycling donors and tandem enthusiasts from Rochester, New York

“Bicycling needs organizations like Adventure Cycling providing advocacy and education so we can continue to have safe roads and get more people involved.” –Karen

“I’ve been an evangelist of cycling, and more specifically touring. I realized at some point that Adventure Cycling’s mission was unlikely to ever change from matching MY mission. To borrow a phrase from the movie This is Spinal Tap, bicycle touring has turned my life up to 11.” –Brian

 

Michael Prest, Adventure Cycling donor and Bikecentiennail ’76 rider from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

“If Adventure Cycling hadn’t have been there, I wouldn’t have had the guts to try something like riding across the country. Nothing I did had more impact on my life. There is no guarantee that you’re going to be around tomorrow, so you’ve got to enjoy what you’ve got.”

 

Jenny Park, Adventure Cycling board member, donor, and Chattanooga Strategic Capital Planner, Chattanooga, Tennessee

“I have been excited to see all of the ways that the organization is working to bring more young people and women into bicycle travel. I can’t help but think ahead to all the opportunities to get more people into bicycle travel. My previous job was as a transportation planner, and I really see the personal and societal/economic value of cycling. I see a huge amount of potential for us to reach more people. And I want to support Adventure Cycling’s efforts to do so.”

 

Larry Scott, Adventure Cycling Holiday Trailblazer donor and eBike advocate from Encinitas, CA

“Community involvement changes your life. I’m a cyclist, and it seems like the appropriate thing to do is to support an organization that does so much good in the cycling community.”

On fun:

“You can’t have fun if you don’t participate. You have to go in with an open mind because you can’t guarantee anything. Some of the most fun you have is at the most unexpected times. So you just participate, kind of trust yourself, and hope that it ranks high on the fun meter.”

 

Will you help us meet our match goal of $194,500? Donate now and please leave a comment on why you support Adventure Cycling and bicycle travel.

The first 50 #GivingTuesday donors will receive a free foldable backpack with a Greg Siple notebook and Nard Claar notecards. Even if you’re not one of the first 50, you can get a special Adventure Cycling thank you gift when you give $100 or more. Check them out here.

Top photo courtesy of Brian and Karen Managan | Photo 2 courtesy of Michael Prest | Photo 3 Dan Henry | Photo 4 courtesy of Larry Scott

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The Thomas Stevens Fan Club is brought to you by the development team, Annette, April, and Michelle. They share an office with a classic Parisian Metropole bicycle. Want to know more about how you can support Adventure Cycling and all the amazing work they do? Call them at 406-532-2760 or email them at development@adventurecycling.org

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