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August 24, 2016

Cycle Alaska is again named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016

August 24, 2016 – the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) has named Cycle Alaska of Juneau, Alaska one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016.

There are approximately 4,000 bike shops in the United States and fewer than 300 were honored with the prestigious title of “America’s Best.”

John McConnochie, owner of Cycle Alaska, said that he is extremely proud to receive the award and attributed the success of Cycle Alaska to its amazing Shop Team including Briana Swanson, Collin Wigfield-Gorka, Laura Wanecheck, Mario Villanueva, Gage Acha, JP Zamarron, Bethany Cummins, Mike Spehlmann, and Alice Tiernan.

Shops were asked to fill out a detailed application describing what sets them apart from the average retailer. Mystery shoppers then evaluated the business in more detail by visiting the store, reviewing their website, and contacting the shop by phone to assess the performance from a consumer’s perspective.

The program is designed to help consumers find great stores in their areas that will provide the expertise and professionalism they need to get the most benefit from cycling.

The recipients of the America’s Best Bike Shops title not only offer great shopping experiences, and expert staff, but are also rated on their support for their communities, as well as support for bicycle advocacy both locally and nationally.

This the second time Cycle Alaska has been named as one of America’s best bike shops. They also received the award in 2015.

Founded in 1946, the National Bicycle Dealers Association is a non-profit association promoting the interests of every specialty bicycle retailer in the United States.

For more information, contact: Karen Townsend, National Bicycle Dealers Association, karen@nbda.com or the NBDA office, info@nbda.com.

Every day is a wonderful adventure with Cycle Alaska!

Since our inaugural ride more than 20 years ago, Cycle Alaska has guided cycling enthusiasts through the beauty that surrounds us here in Juneau, Alaska. We provide quality street bikes for tours, and hybrid, street, road and mountain bike rentals all at affordable prices. Our bikes are in great condition and have state of the art components to give you the best ride in the north country.

As one of the developers of the Juneau Racquet Clubs, John and PeggyAnn McConnochie purchased Cycle Alaska in April of 2005. John’s interest and expertise in cycling brings Cycle Alaska new energy and vision with an extreme attention to customer service and value pricing.

John is an expert road racer as is evidenced by his 2004 wins of the Tours of Juneau, Whitehorse, and Anchorage. John is continually working to expand the business to give you more opportunities to have fun cycling around Juneau.

John and PeggyAnn have lived and worked in Alaska since 1980.

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“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [AUGUST 13, 2015]

“Cycle Alaska named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2015 ”

“August 2015 – The National Bicycle Dealers Association has named Cycle Alaska of Juneau, Alaska one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2015.
There are approximately 4,000 bike shops in the United States, and fewer than 300 were chosen as America’s Best” and only two bike shops in Alaska received the designation.
The shops were asked to fill out a detailed application describing what sets them apart from the average retailer. Mystery shoppers then evaluated the business in more detail by visiting the store, reviewing their website, and contacting the shop by phone to assess the performance from a consumer’s perspective.
During the application process, heart-­‐warming stories came in from all over the country of shops that donate bicycles to children, work to find safe routes to schools, build bike trails, and organize free bicycling events to get people outside and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The program is designed to help consumers find great stores in their areas that will provide the expertise and professionalism they need to get the most benefit from cycling.
The recipients of the America’s Best Bike Shops title not only offer great shopping experiences, but are also rated on their support for their communities, as well as support for bicycle advocacy both locally and nationally.
2015 is the third year the NBDA has sponsored the program, and response to the format was positive from the start; especially from smaller shops that are not normally recognized. One storeowner wrote: “Exciting stuff! Now maybe smaller shops like ours will have a chance at being recognized.” At the same time, the larger retailers agreed and stated, “we do what we need to do to be at the top. This can only help the entire industry.
John McConnochie, owner of Cycle Alaska, said that he is extremely proud to receive the award and attributed the success of Cycle Alaska to its amazing Shop Team including Briana Swanson, Collin Wigfield-­‐Gorka, Laura Wanecheck, Mario Villanueva, Gage Acha, JP Zamarron, Bethany Cummins, Mike Spehlmann, and Alice Tiernan.

For more information, contact: Karen Townsend, National Bicycle Dealers Association, karen@nbda.com or the NBDA office, info@nbda.com.