Join the New Mexico Touring Society (NMTS), New Mexico Bicyclists Educators (NMBE) and Adventure Cycling Association for a special celebration of the new Bicycle Route 66 at the Albuquerque Golf and Event Center at Balloon Fiesta Park on Sunday, April 19, for a 30 mile ride followed by lunch and presentations by Adventure Cycling's Executive Director, Jim Sayer and Adventure Cycling's Routes and Mapping Assistant Director/Cartographer, Jennifer Milyko. Enjoy food and drinks, meet kindred cycling spirits, and learn the latest about bike travel and cycling in North America including the brand new Bicycle Route 66 and very popular Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, upcoming routes (like Chicago to New York and Texas Hill Country) as well as beautiful imagery of bike travel from around the planet. Mr. Sayer will discuss the official U.S. Bicycle Route System, bike overnights, and national advocacy, including partnerships for better biking with Amtrak and the National Park Service. Ms. Milyko will speak about the history and highlights of Adventure Cycling's Bicycle Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.
When: Sunday, April 19, the ride starts at 8:30 am followed by a lunch and the presentation at noon.
Where: Albuquerque Golf and Event Center at Balloon Fiesta Park, 9401 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113. The Albuquerque Golf and Event Center is in Balloon Fiesta Park past the Balloon Museum.
This event is made possible by generous contributions from the New Mexico cycling community including the following organizations and businesses: New Mexico Touring Society, New Mexico Bicycle Educators, Adventure Cycling, Two Wheel Drive, Santa Fe Century, Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico, Royals, BikeABQ, Sandoval County Cycling Club, Willman CPA, Dianne Cress, The Bike Coop and Taos Cyclery. The ride and presentation are free. The lunch featuring New Mexican Cuisine is $10. Lunch tickets must be purchased by Sunday, April 12. For more information and to register for the free event and purchase lunch tickets, go to http://www.NMTS.org/rt66.
There will be free water bottles after the ride for the first 300 people. Contacts:
Chris Marsh, chris at candjmarsh dot com
Tammy Schurr, Tammy at nmbikeed dot org
And while you are at it, read this, which is a close match to Chuck Marohn's commentary on the subject:
|Drawing by Scott Santis, posted at the URL above|