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Saturday, December 08, 2007

I Miss Cycling!

What with my injury, and all, I can't ride right now, or lift weights, either! I'm in full blown Cycling Withdrawal! On another note, sorry about the lack of articles or writing, it's been a busy semester! One week to go and it's Christmas Break!

On a better note: I have a Dr appointment next week and I'm going to talk to him about some limited riding on the trainer, presuming my butt will stand it. I have to do something! Maybe I'll steal my wife's recumbent trike for a bit, no pressure in sensitive areas........

News Release
Adventure Cycling Releases 2008 Tour Lineup


Missoula, Mont.—Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest bicycle travel organization, has unveiled its schedule of guided group rides for 2008. With 36 distinct tours and events, along with seven education courses, it is the most comprehensive ride roster in the organization's 32-year history.

"The hallmarks of Adventure Cycling rides are our seasoned leaders, affordable prices, and relatively small group sizes," said tours director Rod Kramer. "Beyond that, the rides take place in a wide array of formats, spectacular places, and seasons.

"We're particularly excited to be offering a greater number of early season rides than ever before," Kramer said. "These include the weeklong California ‘Winter Warmer' event ride beginning in San Diego on February 16, another weeklong ride in southern Arizona beginning March 8, and a self-contained tour across the country on the Southern Tier beginning March 22. Come April, we'll also be running weeklong event rides in Virginia and the Texas Hill Country."

Each of Adventure Cycling's 36 tours falls into one of two categories of travel, explained tours team leader John Weyhrich: either self-contained or supported. Each category offers a wide variety of great variation in locations, durations, riding surfaces, and more.

"For instance," Weyhrich said, "our self-contained trips include rides as relatively tame as a 10-day spin through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and as wild and wooly as our 10th edition Great Divide expedition." This 82-day adventure follows dirt roads from Banff, Alberta, to the Mexico border through some of the most remote and magnificent landscapes in the West. The Great Divide route, developed by Adventure Cycling in the 1990s, is considered the longest mountain bike route in the world at just over 2,700 miles.

"The supported tours also provide an incredible amount of variety," Weyhrich added. "Several of them — Cycle Utah and the Sierra Sampler, for instance — are weeklong event rides serving from 40 to as many as 120 cyclists. Others offer a more personalized level of service and are limited to just 14 participants — notably, the 15-day Great Parks South trip and our first-ever van-supported, 76-day ride across the country on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. That tour will give seasoned cyclists a chance to cross the U.S. without having to haul anything but their bikes and their bodies."

Finally, Adventure Cycling's education courses are aimed at two categories of riders: those wishing to learn the ins and outs of bicycle travel, and those who want to lead tours for groups of adults or young people. Of special note is the first-ever Pedal Pioneers training to help youth group leaders develop tours for youth in the middle-school and high school age ranges. The course will be based on the acclaimed curriculum developed by Adventure Cycling in 2006 (available at www.adventurecycling.org/outreach/pedalpioneers.cfm).

To learn more about these courses and all of Adventure Cycling's tours and events, visit www.adventurecycling.org/tours or call or email to request a copy of the 2008 tours catalog. The Tours Department can be reached at 800/755-2453 x3 or tours@adventurecycling.org.

Adventure Cycling Association is the largest bicycle membership organization in North America, with more than 42,500 members. Its mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. The nonprofit organization researches routes and creates maps for cycling in North America and publishes the best bicycle travel information available, including Adventure Cyclist magazine and The Cyclists' Yellow Pages.


Ron George said...

oh don't withdraw your passion. i hope i can help keep it high, check out some material on my website.keep the motivation up!

Unknown said...

No worries, there. ;) I'm still motivated, just kvetching that I can't ride right now. ;)

Christa said...

Sorry to hear that you are still suffering from that injury. Usually we heal faster when we're in good shape, but at the same time some injuries need more time than others.
Be careful not to overdo anything and good luck at the docs :hugs:

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