Adventure Cycling announces 2012 Bicycle Travel Award winners

The Adventure Cycling Association‘s Awards Program began in 2003 as a way to recognize organizations and individuals who are doing extraordinary things in the name of bike travel. For 2012, five individuals and a bike shop have been recognized for their contribution to bicycle touring and travel. 

The June Curry Trail Angel Award acknowledges individuals or groups encountered during a bicycle tour who have time and again made cycling journeys easier. The 2012 recepients are Byron Seeley, Kelly White, and Vicki Howell, of Jeffrey City, Wyoming. Located in a ghost town halfway between Rawlins and Lander on the TransAmerica Trail, these three provide resources and shelter to cyclists where none otherwise exist.

The Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award is for those whose efforts have contributed to the success of bicycle travel. The 2012 recepient is Ian Klepetar of Gansevoort, New York. In 2007, Klepetar dreamed up Bicycle Benefits, a program through which users display reflective helmet stickers to receive discounts at local businesses.

The Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop Award honors bicycle shops that provide exemplary services to bicycle tourists. The recipient of the 2012 award is Pacific Coast Cycles in Oceanside, California, for the incredible care and attention with which they serve their customers. The shop, opened in 1977, is not very large, but shares the same spirit and tenacity that Sam Braxton’s shop once exuded, one that creates life-long bonds and friendships, instead of just returning customers.

Finally, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Christopher Marsh of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Marsh’s work in New Mexico on the development of Bicycle Route 66, and his efforts toward its official designation as U.S. Bicycle Route 66 have gone far beyond Adventure Cycling Association’s expectations.

Nominations for the 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards will open Monday, July 2, 2013. If you would like to know more about past winners and how to nominate someone, visit www.adventurecycling.org/awards.

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