Two Grand Prizes, Two Lucky Winners

October 24, 2017

Everyone who participated in Bike Travel Weekend, the first weekend in June, and Bike Your Park Day, the last Saturday in September, was fortunate to get out and enjoy a ride — but not as fortuitous as Tom Buyega of Cave Creek, Arizona and Dena Paolilli of San Luis Obispo, California.

Dena and Tom were chosen out of 1,896 Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day registrants to win two prizes. Tom won the Seldom Seen bikepacking bike from Advocate Cycles, and Dena was the winner of the Amtrak trip for two, with bikes, on the Empire Builder to Glacier National Park.

Dena planned and registered a bike overnight for Bike Travel Weekend by the sweepstakes deadline of May 22. She was among 834 other people who did the same. Tom planned and registered his Bike Your Park Day ride by September 24 along with 1,060 other people.

Tom Bugeya of Cave Creek, Arizona was the winner of the Seldom Seen bike from Advocate Cycles.

Tom will take home a Seldom Seen bike from Advocate Cycles built for bikepacking and off-road touring. It’s complete with rack and fender mounts, a frame bag, and plenty of bottle cage mounts. After hearing about Tom’s ride at Brown’s Ranch, a local favorite in north Scottsdale, it seems the Advocate Cycles bike will go to the perfect home. Tom described his Bike Your Park Day ride as “Miles and miles of high desert — fast and fun single track trails that connect to even more riding in McDowell Mountain Park.”

Dena Paolilli won the Amtrak trip for two.

Dena will take a friend and their bikes on a memorable trip within the next year. She’ll receive two round-trip Amtrak tickets, including roomette and bicycle fees, aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder. They can start their trip at any staffed station between Chicago and Seattle, and ride to East Glacier Park, Montana.

Who will be the propitious friend that Dena will take along for the ride? Perhaps it will be one of the same friends who accompanied her on her Bike Travel Weekend trip from San Luis Obispo to Lopez Lake. They rode 60 miles round trip to camp at the lake for the night.

Congratulations to these two lucky winners. Adventure Cycling Association wishes them the best, and we hope they will be part of the 2018 Bike Travel Weekend, June 1–3, and Bike Your Park Day, September 29, 2018.

And thank you to the generous sponsors for supporting Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day.

Visit Mississippi, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana made Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day possible. Advocate Cycles and Amtrak also supported the events by offering the sweepstakes prizes, and Black Coffee Roasting Co. donated three-ounce packages of coffee for the first 250 registrants of each event.

Top image courtesy of Advocate Cycles | Image 2 courtesy of Amtrak and Christy Moore | Photo 3 courtesy of Tom Bugeya | Photo 4 courtesy of Dena Paolilli 


Bike Travel Weekend Join thousands of other cyclists across North America and the world for Bike Travel Weekend and go on a one- or two-night bike overnight on the same weekend, June 1–3, 2018. Ride with your family or friends and stay at your favorite overnight location — whether it’s a nearby campground, hotel, cabin, B&B, hostel, or friend’s house. Ride solo or with a group and go one mile or 100 miles — it’s your trip! #BikeTravelWeekend

Bike Your Park Day Bike to or within nearby parks and public lands with thousands of people around the country on the same day — Bike Your Park Day on September 29, 2018. Bring friends and family to join the ride and discover the outdoor adventures in your backyard. Make it your own experience: ride any distance; go with friends, family, or join a group; bike on trails or roads. Visit a national or state park, monument, historic site, river, seashore, recreation area, preserve, forest, wildlife refuge, or parkway.  #BikeYourPark


Corrina November 21, 2017, 1:36 PM

Congrats winners! this is such a wonderful new holiday to celebrate and this year sent me on my first ever solo bikepack in June. YIPYIP. love this organization and the people who participate.

Gary Bell November 21, 2017, 11:46 AM

Great !! Congratulations to Tom and Dena on winning these great prizes and I hope they enjoy them. Having ridden Amtrak's Empire Builder a couple of times, I can assure Dena she will like the scenery and meet great people in the dining car along the way.

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