Congratulations to the Winner of the Grand Prize, Exodus Travels Cycling Trip for Two to Prosecco, Italy: Shelley Klein from Vernon, BC

June 28, 2019

“I can't tell you how excited I am to win the bike trip to Italy! When I saw the email saying my name had been drawn, I thought someone was pranking me” – Shelley Klein, the lucky winner of the grand prize cycling adventure trip for exploring the picturesque vine-covered hills of Prosecco, Italy (sponsored by Exodus Travels).

Klein makes it a point to ride her bike during the annual Bike to Work Week, “it’s great living in Vernon with all the new bike paths.”

The new bike paths in Vernon make the world of difference for residents. Klein says, “I didn't used to ride my bike because I didn't like riding it on the busy highway; but, with the new bike paths, it is such a relaxing ride, and I don't even have to worry about parking.”

Klein semi-retired last year, and currently works for the city of Vernon part time. “As a part-time retiree, I look forward to having more time to ride my bike and use it to get around Vernon. My hubby is retiring too (today is actually his last day of work) so this trip will be an awesome retirement gift for both of us.”

Klein and her husband do a lot of outdoor activities together but have never experienced a trip where they travelled and explored new cultures by bicycle; however, they’ve recently been talking to friends about organizing something like this. “We have never done a trip like this. We’ve also never been to Europe; and a bike trip was on our bucket list, so ‘check’! That's one we can cross-off!”

Exodus Travels has been supporting GoByBike BC Society for the past six years by sponsoring the grand prize trip. Robin Brooks, Exodus Travels’ Marketing and PR Manager, says that this initiative is directly in line with their company vision: "At Exodus, we love to partner with likeminded riders, people and communities across the globe, from here in BC, Canada to the USA, England, Italy, France, Morocco, Nepal, India, South Africa – (and yes - we offer bike trips in all). However, 2019 has been a record year for GoByBike BC Society in terms of rider participation; and words cannot describe how thrilled we are to have seen so many people taking part in this extraordinary cause.”

After 45+ years of creating cycling tours across the globe, we truly believe in not only creating incredible travel experiences that give back to people in the communities we visit and the natural environment – it’s central to our ethos. Supporting GoByBike BC Society, all the great riders, volunteers and team members that take part in the Bike to Work Week event is directly in line with this vision.

“A bike lets you travel at your own pace, has minimal environmental impact and best of all gets you outdoors (whether you’re a regular cyclist on a commute – or on a bike vacation),” says Brooks.

“A big congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2019. Encourage your family, friends and colleagues to get on their bikes – whether you are commuting to work, new to biking, a weekend warrior or taking a cycling vacation, you are always leaving the world a better place when you see it by two wheels” - Robin Brooks, Exodus Travels’ Marketing and PR Manager

“Thank you so much to the Bike to Work Week organizers and Exodus travels. We can't wait to get booked…I guess I need to start training for the Prosecco hills!” Klein.

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