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    • #442053
      HassleCat
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      Back in 1976, approximately a thousand bicycle tourists rode from coast to coast to celebrate the United States bicentennial. The route from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia was about 4,250 miles. This event has a name, and the organization that mapped the route and facilitated the ride has the same name. What is the name of the event and the organization?

      The organization, now based in Missoula, Montana, continued after the 1976 ride. It publishes a monthly magazine, sells maps of various bicycle routes, and advocates for bicycle travel. In 1993 it adopted a new name. What is it called now?

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    • #442054
      GZeusH
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      Or Bicycletennial.  It had to be some cutesy wordplay like that.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

    • #442055
      jbnw
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      Sounds vaguely familar – I’ve ridden a few STPs and RSVP, and even run Hood to Coast (long ago 🙁 ) – but it’s been a while!

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        HassleCat
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        I rode it in 1992 and barely got a spot. I was number 9886.

        • #442066
          jbnw
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          Can’t remember if that was a drizzly one or an ultra-hot one – but it was still fun :-). Every now and then I will drive the the STP route as a pleasant alternative to I-5.

          STP: Seattle to Portland
          RSVP: Ride from Seattle to Vancouver (BC) and Party!

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      Pam2
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      • #442065
        HassleCat
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        I would have been but I was in the Navy at the time. We celebrated the bicentennial by floating around Europe.

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      jbnw
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        HassleCat
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        The original organization was called Bikecentennial, playing off the word “bicentennial.” It’s now known as the Adventure Cycling Association. The idea was conceived by four cyclists who rode from Alaska to Argentina. Here is a photo from a 1973 National Geographic article about their ride. (left to right) June Siple (who coined the term Bikecentennial), Greg Siple, Dan Burden, Lys Burden.

      • #442077
        HassleCat
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        Drool over this if you like c’assic cycles. Mercian made what I consider to be the most beautiful bicycles with brilliant paint jobs and ornate scroll-cut lugs.

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