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Adventure Cycling Holiday Season Kick Off Open House, 11/18, Missoula

2004-11-18 16:00:00

Adventure Cycling Headquarters, 150 East Pine Street, Missoula, MT

Contact: Susan Waters 800-755-2453 ext. 219, [email protected]

Adventure Cycling Association, the nation’s premier bicycle touring organization, will welcome its friends and neighbors to an open house at its Missoula headquarters from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.

Communications director, Susan Waters, says the purpose of the gathering is at least threefold: “This is an event to celebrate the arrival of Jim Sayer, our new executive director, who comes to Missoula from the Sierra Business Council. But we’re also hosting it in order to introduce the rest of our staff and simply to open our doors to the community and give everyone the opportunity to see what we do.”

Many Missoulians, and others from the region, may be surprised by what greets them when they walk through the open doors of Adventure Cycling at 150 East Pine Street. The building that formerly served as the community’s First Church of Christ, Scientist was purchased and renovated by Adventure Cycling in 1992. “Since our relatively humble beginnings as Bikecentennial in the mid-1970s,” says membership and development director Julie Huck, “we have grown to become the largest recreational cycling association in America. We now have over 41,000 members, with a support staff of some two-dozen men and women working in the Missoula office.”

Waters encourages anyone and everyone to attend the open house, even if only for a brief few minutes. “We’ll have live music,” she says, “along with good food and beverages. There’ll be some special surprises, as well. All in all, it’s going to be a fun and informative get-together.”

Beginning at 5:00 p.m., outreach and education coordinator Larry Diskin will present a 30-minute clinic on changing a flat tire. He’ll then cover a topic near and dear to the heart of anyone who has tried to continue bicycling through a cold western Montana winter: how to make studded bike tires.

After Larry’s presentation, cartographers from the Routes and Mapping department will present a demonstration on the fascinating process of making a bicycle route map, from conception to finished product. Since 1976—before the advent of computer mapping, that is—Adventure Cycling’s route maps have been regarded as the state of the art, and they still are.

“And there’s more,” Waters says, “including a raffle for prizes, a booth with bicycle-touring information, loaded bikes to inspect, merchandise for sale, and video presentations, including the original Bikecentennial footage and the Lewis and Clark Corps of Re-Discovery video.” She adds that open-house goers can also visit Adventure Cycling’s various programs, including the Communications Department, where Adventure Cyclist magazine and other publications are created, and the Tours Department, where some visitors may be tempted to sign up for their next two-wheeled adventure.

Adventure Cycling, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1973, is America’s largest recreational cycling association, with over 41,000 members. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, the association’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. Adventure Cycling’s services include bicycle-route development and mapping, periodical publishing (Adventure Cyclist magazine and The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages resource directory), and a guided bicycle-touring program. For more information about Adventure Cycling Association, call (406) 721-1776, toll-free (800) 755-2453, or visit http://www.adventurecycling.org.

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Susan Waters, communications director, Adventure Cycling Association, 800-755-2453 ext. 219, [email protected]

Steve Snyder, Sublime Public Relations, 406-728-4180, [email protected]

Or visit Adventure Cycling’s Open House page at http://www.adventurecycling.org/news/openhouse.cfm

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ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MISSOULA, MT — Adventure Cycling Association, the nation’s premier bicycle touring organization and the largest recreational cycling membership organization in the U.S., has announced that Jim Sayer of Truckee, CA has been hired as executive director. Sayer is just the fifth individual to hold the post in the organization’s 30-year history.

The timing of this shift in leadership is notable, since three other leading cycling organizations have also had executive director positions open up this year.

"Adventure Cycling Association received many qualified applicants for this position," said Dan Hungate, president of the board of directors, "but Jim stood out because of his leadership qualities. We feel very fortunate that he has accepted the position and is eager to further our mission of inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle. Jim recognizes and appreciates the strong staff and the board’s commitment to the organization, and we all believe that we have a sound foundation to grow into the future."

Sayer was drawn to the Adventure Cycling position by his enthusiasm for cycling. “I’m an absolutely avid bicyclist," he said, "and I enjoy it all the more when it’s tied to a purpose. This was too great an opportunity to pass up.”

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, bicycling participation surged in 2003, with participant levels up 8% and enthusiast levels increasing 19%. This translates to 87 million bicycling participants and 20 million bicycling enthusiasts on U.S. roads and trails.

"I’m a big advocate of people-powered transportation," Sayer added. "Adventure Cycling is doing so much to help make bikes an essential part of American transportation, with its National Bicycle Route Network and its terrific publications and tours. I am excited by the enormous growth potential of this great organization."

Growing up on the steep streets of a California mountain town, Sayer began cycling later than many kids ("when I was 10 or 11," he recalls). But he quickly made up for lost time, becoming a committed bicycle commuter in high school. After graduating, he participated in a Rotary International exchange in Monterrey, Mexico, where, he said, he naturally gravitated toward the bicycle for getting around and becoming acquainted with the place.

Sayer attended college at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Edinburgh, where bikes were an important mode of transportation. "I also bicycled in grad school in Medford and Cambridge, Massachusetts," he said, "where I rode in all sorts of conditions, including on black ice in the winter."

In 1990, while serving as a director of Greenbelt Alliance, a conservation non-profit, Sayer launched the 480 mile Go Greenbelt! tour. Finishing its 15th year in 2004, the 480-mile tour has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for open space protection in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For the past three-and-a-half years, Sayer has served as president of the Sierra Business Council, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit association of more than 600 businesses, agencies, and individuals working to secure the social, natural, and financial health of California’s Sierra Nevada region. He and his wife, Wendy Calvert, the parents of an eight-year-old and twin six-year-old daughters, look forward to residing in Missoula, which Sayer expects will be similar in many ways to his current hometown of Truckee.

"Both are four season mountain meccas with a strong sense of community," said Sayer. “My family and I look forward to experiencing all that Missoula has to offer.”

"I love bicycling for so many reasons," he said, "including exercise, social interaction, and environmentally friendly transportation. Perhaps the first tip-off to my passion for cycling is my oft-noted briefcase: it’s actually a pannier!"
Adventure Cycling, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1973, is America’s largest recreational cycling association, with over 41,000 members. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, the association’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle and to help cyclists explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Adventure Cycling’s services include bicycle-route development and mapping, periodical publishing (Adventure Cyclist magazine and The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages resource directory), and one of the top guided bicycle-touring programs in the U.S.

Media Contacts:

Julie Huck, Acting Executive Director, Adventure Cycling Association,
406.721.1776 ext. 214, [email protected]

Steve Snyders, Sublime Public Relations, 406.728.4180, [email protected]

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