The 2015 Grand Prize Winner of Exodus Travels Cycling Trip for 2 to Europe is...
Sarah Deagle, Assistant Registrar of North Island College in Campbell River
Sarah Deagle started participating in Bike to Work Week about 11 years ago while she was living in Metro Vancouver. When she moved to Quadra Island last fall from Northern BC, she started cycling three times a week from the ferry terminal with a number of other cyclists to get to her office at North Island College in Campbell River. She does this year-round, but states she particularly loves riding in good weather. “I love riding to work - it's a lovely way to connect with what's happening outdoors—whether it’s plants or birds. I have long days so it’s also nice to get some exercise during the day without having to think too hard about it,” says Deagle.
When asked how she feels after using her bike to commute Deagle says, “Fabulous!” She adds that the bike commute enables her to be mindful of her day—of her surroundings, her emotions, etc. “For me, cycling is the perfect transition from one world to another: the world of work to the world of home.”
When Deagle found out that she won the Exodus Travels prize, she felt “completely disbelieving” she says: “I cannot believe my good fortune.”
Deagle has done a number of self-crafted and self-guided cycling trips but has never before done a supported trip. Deagle and her husband look forward to experiencing the sights and sounds cycling from Prague to Budapest. “My husband has not done much cycle touring. I’m excited for the opportunity to share this experience with him.”
Exodus Travels has sponsored Bike to Work Week BC for the last two years. Their grand prize cycling trip for two from Prague to Budapest was a key incentive for many people to participate in Bike to Work Week this year. Province-wide participation in the event increased from 25,000 riders last year, to 34,000 riders this year, and 7,600 of which were first-time commuter cyclists. Riders cycled 1.4million kilometres and saved over 300,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases from entering our earth’s atmosphere in just one week.
“Exodus and Bike to Work really are a match made in heaven,” says Katy Rockett, North American Marketing Manager of Exodus Travels. “Exodus and Bike to Work both run on the same ethos of concern for the environment and share a passion for the sense of achievement when you’ve travelled or commuted using nothing but your own energy to get you there.”
“We share such similar philosophies in recognizing the value of travelling by bike. Not only does it offer the opportunity to travel places while staying physically fit, it also gives you clarity of mind and such an appreciation for your surroundings with the added benefit of having a minimal impact on the environment.”
Exodus supports a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations around the world, focusing primarily on destinations in which they operate. This ranges from providing education in the rainy season to porters on Kilimanjaro to further their language skills and ability to build their careers in the tourism industry, to working to protect one of the last remaining tiger populations in India. Exodus has also had a strong involvement in fundraising for aid in Nepal—raising over $400,000 to provide emergency supplies and assist in the reparation efforts in remote villages affected throughout the country.
Rockett states, “We were thrilled for the opportunity to sponsor Bike to Work week this year and want to send a heartfelt congratulations to all of the participants for their achievement.”
Exodus has a wide range of adventure tours available around the world. These include classic cultural and wildlife tours, giving travellers the opportunity to experience destinations up close and personal when they travel, as well as hiking and cycling tours – allowing travellers to reach the far corners of the Earth with minimal environmental impact. Exodus Travels’ full product range can be viewed at www.exodustravels.com.