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Adventure Cycling Presentation

posted Feb 24, 2012, 1:11 PM by TAB Webmaster

Place: Toledo Bikes - 1114 Washington Street, Toledo, Ohio
Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 6pm to 8pm

Please help Toledo Bikes in welcoming Jim Sayer, Executive Director of Adventure Cycling, to Toledo on Friday February 24 from 6pm to 8pm. Jim will be in town promoting the new Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate, which passes through Toledo in route to Ontario. As many of you know, Adventure Cycling was established in 1973 as Bikecentennial and has it's roots here in Ohio! 

In 1970, Dan and Lys Burden came to Missoula, Montana, from Columbus, Ohio, to attend the University of Montana. In 1972, they were joined by another Ohio couple, Greg and June Siple. The four had been planning for a number of years to launch a cycling expedition that summer that would carry them 18,000 miles from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina. The trek was dubbed Hemistour. 

They left Anchorage in June of 1972 and over the next year bicycled to a point in southern Mexico and wrote and photographed an article about the trip that appeared in National Geographic magazine (May 1973). 

En route, they conceived the idea for a bicycle tour across the United States to celebrate the nation's bicentennial in 1976, naming the event Bikecentennial. Unfortunately, Dan contracted hepatitis when the group was nearing the Mexico/Guatemala border and he and Lys had to discontinue Hemistour. Greg and June continued south and completed the journey in Tierra del Fuego in February of 1975. Dan and Lys returned to Missoula and began working on making Bikecentennial a reality. By the fall of 1975, more than a dozen full-time staff members (including Greg and June back from South America) were busy creating the TransAmerica Trail and what eventually blossomed into Adventure Cycling. More than 4,000 cyclists took part in the 1976 inaugural tours. 

Adventure Cycling is now the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with 43,500 members nationwide. They are headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

This event will also coincide with Toledo Bikes, Toledo City Bike Co-op, move into their new location at 1114 Washington Street and feature live music from our very own Mike Faehnle, a 40 minute presentation about the new Detroit Alternate route, tours of Toledo Bikes new home, food, drink and the opportunity to meet some new friends!