About this site
Adventure Cycling has had its Before You Go booklet for many years, and the book has served many tour participants well. But, for Introduction to Bicycle Touring courses, there is a “chicken and egg” problem – you are asked to come to the start of the ride prepared for a self-contained adventure, but the first part of the tour is an instruction course that teaches you what to bring for your self-contained adventure.
To address this, a number of leaders who have led Introduction to Bicycle Touring courses have collaborated on a new, expanded version of the Before You Go booklet specifically designed to answer those questions that you will have before you go on your first self-contained tour. Questions like: how does an Adventure Cycling trip work? What sort of camping gear will I need? There is a huge pile of gear that I want to bring, how will I ever get it all on my bike? Oh no, there is group gear I am supposed to carry too? Wait, I have to cook for a group of 15 people?
You’ll hear from a number of Adventure Cycling leaders as you page through this website. Below is a brief introduction of each of them.
Joyce Casey: I enjoy bicycle touring and commuting from my home in Portland, Oregon. I have worked with Adventure Cycling Association for six seasons and have toured with ACA all around the country. Five years ago I completed the Adventure Cycling Leadership Training course. Since then, I have led five Intro trips, the Selkirk Splendor, the Cascadian Traverse and have served as staff on a number of Event tours.
Wally Werner: I have been working with Adventure Cycling for some time, and was a leader on the Cycle Montana event in 1998, rode the Northern Tier in 1999, led the Great Divide Alpine, Glacier-Waterton Loop, Denali Adventure, Red Rock Ramble, Selkirk Splendor, Death Valley, and I have been the Instructor for 11 sessions of the Introduction to Road Bike Touring and Introduction to Dirt Road Touring trips. I completed the Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course in 1998, and have been an Instructor or Advisor for 23 LTC sessions over the past 12 years.