PUBLISHED: 6:36 PM on Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Cyclist gives Continental Divide mountain bike tour presentation
SITKA - In August and September 2007, Sitka cyclist Brian McNitt took a two-month mountain bike ride from Montana to New Mexico along the Continental Divide, with 90 percent of the trek happening off pavement.

The event is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Harrigan Centennial Hall, as McNitt gives a presentation about his journey along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which the Adventure Cycling Association Web site says is the longest off-pavement bike route in the world.

McNitt will show slides and maps from his trip, and he'll bring along his bike and gear so other Sitka cyclists can see what's needed to get people through the incredible 1,900-mile journey from Roosville, Mont., to Antelope Wells, N.M.

"The Great Divide ride was a great adventure that allowed me to meet many interesting people, see some incredible landscape, sleep in a different campsite nearly every night, and eat as much food as possible for two months," McNitt said. "With a bit of planning and a lot of motivation anyone can experience this amazing bike trip."

In addition to McNitt's presentation, there also will be a discussion about safe winter bike riding and how Sitka cyclists need to ride with traffic, have working tail lights and rear blinkers, and wear reflectives so they can be safe and be seen. There also will be a door prize open to those in attendance.

This program is sponsored by Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition and SEARHC Health Promotion.

For more information on the presentation, contact McNitt at 747-8292.

For more information about Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition, go to and click on the bicycle logo.

To go to the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition's online forum, go to