Adventure Cycling announces 2011 Travel Award winners

Adventure Cycling Association, North America’s largest cycling membership organization, today announced the winners of its 2011 Bicycle Travel Awards.

The 2011 June Curry Trail Angel Award goes to Donn Olson of Dalbo, Minnesota. By creating the "Bicycle Bunkhouse" on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route, he has given bicycle tourists a warm, comfortable, inviting place to rest on their tour.

The June Curry Trail Angel Award is named in honor of June Curry, the famous Cookie Lady of Afton, Virginia, who has been assisting cyclists on the TransAmerica Trail since 1976.

The recipient of the 2011 Pacesetter Award is Kevin Cashman of Apogee Adventures. Founded over a decade ago with the goal of creating engaging and challenging tours for high school aged kids, the company now offers dozens of tours around the world. These trips provide youth with experiences that teach them the importance of hard work, persistence, and dedication, as well as shaping how they see themselves in the world.

The Pacesetter Award is named in honor of Charlie Pace from Columbus, Ohio, who has devoted over 40 years to creating and supporting bicycle travel opportunities.

The recipient of the 2011 Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award is Jim Peters and Jim’s Bicycle Shop in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to being on the front lines of all things cycling in their community, Jim and his staff make it a priority to encourage their customers to become bicycle tourists. By providing guidance and training for new touring cyclists, they create a supportive atmosphere for jumping into bike travel. 

The Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award is named in honor of the inaugural winner, the Braxton Bike Shop. In addition to servicing the repair needs of hundreds of long-distance riders, Sam Braxton hand built beautiful custom touring and expedition bikes and wheels designed for the rigors of loaded touring. His wife Shirley offered gracious hospitality that made the shop complete.

The 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Leslie Wills of Grand Haven, Michigan. By volunteering dozens of hours, Leslie made it possible to gain all of the necessary support for the designation of U.S. Bike Route 35 in Michigan. Her countless phone calls, emails, and steadfast attendance at meetings helped to get resolutions of support from 15 local agencies.

Adventure Cycling’s Bicycle Travel Awards program began in 2003 as a way to recognize organizations, individuals, and businesses that are doing extraordinary things in the name of bicycle travel and bike touring.

If you would like to know more about past winners or learn how to submit a nomination for the 2012 awards, visit


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