After 40 Years, the Ride Continues: Adventure Cycling Seeks to Reconnect with Bikecentennial & TransAm Cyclists

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After 40 Years, the Ride Continues: Adventure Cycling Seeks to Reconnect with Bikecentennial & TransAm Cyclists

Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2016 will include events, tours, reunions, ’76 retro merchandise and more.

MISSOULA, MONTANA, April 22, 2015 —Adventure Cycling Association has been creating social networks since the launch of Bikecentennial in 1976. Now, the largest cycling membership organization in North America wants to reconnect with those involved in Bikecentennial and cyclists who have ridden all or part of the TransAmerica Trail between 1976 and today. In preparation for a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration in 2016, Adventure Cycling invites Bikecentennial and TransAm cyclists to fill out an online form to share their contact and trip information. Anyone interested in participating or volunteering in the 40th anniversary events can also fill out the online form.

“We are looking to reconnect and honor the contributions made by our original Bikecentennial family and those who have cycled our first route, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.” stated Eva Dunn-Froebig, events and outreach coordinator for Adventure Cycling. “We are also excited to engage present and future generations with a great lineup of events open to people of all ages.”

Adventure Cycling was founded as Bikecentennial, a 4,250-mile TransAmerican bicycle ride in the summer of 1976, with over 4,100 participants. Today, Adventure Cycling has over 48,000 members, guided tours, an award-winning magazine, 44,673 miles of bicycle routes, an online store, and bicycle travel advocacy programs.

In addition to reconnecting with TranAm and Bikecentennial 76 cyclists, Adventure Cycling is looking to engage anyone who is interested in celebrating 40 years of bike travel with family-friendly events, special tours, retro merchandise, and more. Those interested can fill out the online form.

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The 40th anniversary will include The Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15 – 17, 2016 in Missoula, Montana—home of Adventure Cycling’s headquarters—and will bring together bike travelers from all over the world for celebratory Bikecentennial reunions and parties with inspirational speakers, and music, art and film. Organized bike rides throughout the weekend will showcase Missoula’s trail system including the completed 50-mile Bitterroot Trail south of Missoula. On the same weekend, Tour of Montana will host professional bike races, an expo, and a Gran Fondo.

Two new annual events, set to kick off in 2016, will inspire a bike travel movement throughout North America. National Bike Travel Weekend, June 3 – 5, 2016, will motivate bike travelers from all over North America to go on bike overnights through a festive online community. Adventure Cycling will provide do-it-yourself resources and an interactive map that will connect bike travelers during what will be the most prolific weekend of bike travel in North America. Bike to Your National Park Day on September 24, 2016 will celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial, National Public Lands Day, and Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary by promoting bike travel to and within national parks, state parks, and other recreational areas.

In honor of the 40th anniversary, in 2016, Adventure Cycling will offer extra TransAmerica Trail tours and other special epic tours, including on Bicycle Route 66, the Underground Railroad and the Great Divide. Sign-ups will be available on the Adventure Cycling website in the summer of 2015.

For those who cannot attend Adventure Cycling’s events or tours and want to plan their own reunion or ride, Adventure Cycling will provide online tools and resources to help plan Do-It-Yourself Reunions and Celebrations throughout 2016.

Adventure Cycling will also have retro-themed jerseys and merchandise available in the Cyclosource store throughout 2016. Other Bikecentennial projects include a beautiful, large format, picture-laden book about the TransAmerican Trail co-authored by Greg Siple, a co-founder of Adventure Cycling, and longtime Adventure Cycling staff member Mac McCoy; special bike giveaways; a commemorative beer; an online project that will recognize 40 bicyclists who have made significant contributions to the bike travel community; and an archival project with Story Corps to preserve the fulfilling and transformative memories of Bikecentennial cyclists and other bike adventurers.

“Bikecentennial started with a vision to encourage more people to experience bike travel and was fueled by the passion of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers,” Siple says. “Bikecentennial 76 continues to inspire bike travelers of all ages and backgrounds 40 years later.”

Adventure Cycling invites the public to share photos, stories and words of wisdom from Bikecentennial, now, and any time in between at adventurecycling.tumblr.com.

For more information about Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary visit adventurecycling.org/40th.


Ganz vs. United States Cycling Federation, 1994 Mont. Dist. LEXIS 756

Ganz vs. United States Cycling Federation, 1994 Mont. Dist. LEXIS 756

Adam Ganz, Plaintiff, vs. United States Cycling Federation; Missoula Downtown Association; The City of Missoula; and John Does as employees and/or agents of United States Cycling Federation, Missoula Downtown Association, and/or the City of Missoula, Defendants.

Cause No. 74659

FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF MONTANA, MISSOULA COUNTY

1994 Mont. Dist. LEXIS 756

May 17, 1994, Decided

CORE TERMS: non-profit, admissible, limine, release form, limine to exclude, corporate status, feasibility, bicycle

JUDGES: [*1] Douglas G. Harkin, DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.

OPINION BY: Douglas G. Harkin

OPINION

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court upon a motion in limine submitted by the Plaintiff, Adam Ganz, and a motion in limine submitted by Defendants United States Cycling Federation and the Missoula Downtown Association. The parties have briefed the motions and they are deemed submitted and ready for ruling.

BACKGROUND

This action arose out of the alleged personal injuries Mr. Ganz received while involved in the Great Western Stage Race held in Missoula on July 16, 1988. Mr. Ganz alleges that a pedestrian darted out in front of him on the race course and caused him to crash his bicycle. He alleges negligence on the part of the Defendants for failure to create, establish, follow, and/or enforce appropriate safety standards on the race course. Mr. Ganz filed a motion in limine to exclude any mention of: (1) the Defendants’ non-profit corporate status, or (2) a waiver of liability that he signed. The Defendant filed a motion in limine to exclude the mention of insurance.

NON-PROFIT STATUS

Mr. Ganz contends that any mention of the non-profit corporate status of Defendants Missoula Downtown [*2] Association and the United States Cycling Federation should be prohibited, as non-profit corporations are subject to the same liability as individuals. He contends that the mention of the non-profit status would be prejudicial to his case.

The Defendants argue that the feasibility of providing protection [i.e., a fence along the entire race course] is at issue, therefore, the non-profit corporate status is a consideration and should be held admissible. In addition, the Defendants contend that the non-profit status should be admissible for general background purposes in order to challenge Mr. Ganz’s testimony that the Defendants had the ability to protect the entire race course.

35-2-118, M.C.A. provides that a non-profit corporation has all the powers as an individual to do all things necessary or convenient to carry out its affairs, including, without limitation, the power to sue and be sued in its corporate name.

Any admission of the non-profit status for general background purposes is prohibited, as it may improperly imply that there is a lack of funds to pay a judgment, or that a non-profit business should be held to a lesser standard under a negligence claim. If the [*3] feasibility of protection arises, after obtaining leave of the Court, the Defendants can show what funds were available for protection without showing the corporations’ non-profit status.

WAIVER

Mr. Ganz contends that there should be no mention of the waiver which Mr. Ganz signed prior to the race, as it is void and in violation of public policy. The Defendants contend that Mr. Ganz’s signature on the release form conveys his acknowledgement that various conditions could exist on the race course, and that it is contrary to his testimony that bicycle racing is a safe sport, therefore, the release should be admissible for impeachment purposes.

28-2-702, M.C.A. provides that an entity cannot contractually exculpate itself from liability for willful or negligent violations of legal duties. Miller v. Fallon County, 222 Mont. 214, 221, 721 P.2d 342 (1986). The mention of the release form for the purpose of proving that no liability exists is prohibited. However, the Defendants should be allowed to show that Mr. Ganz signed that portion of the release which shows that he was aware of the dangers on the race course, without actually showing the release in its entirety [*4] to the jury.

INSURANCE

The Defendants request that the mention of insurance be prohibited pursuant to Rule 411, M.R.E. Mr. Ganz contends that the rule does not require the exclusion of the mention of insurance if it is offered for other purposes, such as to prove agency, ownership, control, or bias of a witness. Heisler v. Boule, 226 Mont. 332, 735 P.2d 516 (1987); and Massman v. City of Helena, 237 Mont. 234, 773 P.2d 1206 (1989).

Mr. Ganz has not clearly enunciated how the exceptions to Rule 411, M.R.E. are applicable to the facts of this case, therefore, the mention of insurance is prohibited unless Mr. Ganz obtains prior approval of this Court.

ORDER

Based upon the foregoing, the Plaintiff’s and the Defendants’ motions in limine are GRANTED as provided herein.

DATED this 17th day of May, 1994.

Douglas G. Harkin

District Judge

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