Spring GoByBike Week 2023 Grand Prize Winner: Christine’s Cycling Adventure in Croatia!

Nestled in the heart of Fort St. John, where the passion for cycling converges with the thrill of adventure, we discovered Christine Shapovalov—a true beacon of inspiration within our cycling community. Recently crowned as the Grand Prize Winner of the Spring GoByBike Weeks, Christine epitomizes the spirit of cycling and the happiness it imparts to individuals and families alike. 

In 2012, Christine and her husband relocated to Fort St. John from Prince Edward Island, embracing cycling not just as a mode of transportation but as a source of exercise and joy. Armed with her first bike from Pat Ferris bike shop, Christine navigated the deep snow, unveiling a newfound freedom and joy that transcended the mere act of commuting. With a growing family, cycling became a shared experience, with daily rides through scenic trails and occasional trips to town, each pedal stroke fostering unity and well-being. 

For Christine, cycling isn’t merely a means to an end; it’s a wellspring of happiness. She finds solace in the local bike trails, relishing the embrace of nature that often goes unnoticed when driving a car. The family of six, with their youngest safely secured in a bike attachment, chooses cycling over walking, savoring the freedom and closeness it brings. 

Christine’s journey took an exciting turn when she decided to participate in GoByBike Week three years ago. Motivated by the desire to hold herself accountable to use her bike more, Christine not only participated but emerged victorious, winning a bike accessory in her first year. Encouraged by the experience, she continued participating, culminating in her recent triumph—winning the Grand Prize: a cycling adventure for two in Croatia, courtesy of Exodus Adventure Travels

Exodus Adventure Travels, renowned for crafting unforgettable small-group active adventures, is gifting Christine and her husband an 8-day cycling odyssey along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The adventure promises to reveal the beauty of Croatia’s rugged coastline, picturesque islands, and historic cities. From the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik to the enchanting islands of Hvar, Brac, and Korcula, Christine eagerly anticipates cycling through seaside villages, immersing in the Adriatic Sea, and embracing the stunning natural sights. 

As we celebrate Christine’s triumph, we’re excited to announce that the opportunity to embark on a cycling adventure doesn’t end here. Winter GoByBike Week, scheduled from February 5-11, 2024, offers another chance to win an exhilarating cycling trip for two, courtesy of Exodus Adventure Travels. Participating is easy! Just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Create a FREE LogMyRide Account: Visit www.GoByBikeBC.ca and create your free LogMyRide account. This platform allows you to log your bike rides, track your progress, and be part of the cycling community. 
  1. Log at Least 1 Bike Ride: During the Winter GoByBike Week event (February 5-11, 2024), log at least one of your bike rides on the LogMyRide platform. 

It’s that simple! By creating a LogMyRide account and logging just one bike ride during Winter GoByBike Week, you stand a chance to win a cycling adventure that transcends boundaries. 

Christine’s story is a testament to the transformative power of cycling. As she prepares for her cycling trip in Croatia, she leaves a trail of inspiration for others to follow. If you’ve been hesitant to try cycling as a mode of transportation, Christine has a simple message: “Try it. Cycling has helped my family and me enjoy our time together away from distractions. You will be surprised how much you will enjoy it, and you will wish you started sooner.” 

As we bid farewell to Christine on her upcoming Croatian adventure, we invite you to join the Winter GoByBike Weeks for a chance to embark on your own cycling journey. The joy of cycling knows no bounds, and with Exodus Adventure Travels, the horizon is limitless. 

Pedal on, adventurers. Your journey awaits.