June 29, 2005

Press Release: In the Media

Wednesday, June 29
Check us out on Radio Canada 11:45am on "Quand on Arrive" with Danielle Marcotte on
On the 6 o'clock news on CityTV (Channel 13) with Peter Louwe

Thursday, July 7th
Tentatively scheduled for 6pm on"The Express" with Jack Christie (stay tuned for exact time and date) On Shaw Community TV (channel 4)

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June 14, 2005

Press Release: Team from Vancouver cycles from Patagonia to The North West Territories cycles through home town

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Five-hundred and eighteen days ago, Gwendal Castellan set out to cycle from a town the furthest south you can reach by road in South America, Ushuaia, Argentina to the most northen tip of North America. Now on June 24th, 2005, just in time for Bike Month, with partner, Tania Lo (who began in Bolivia), brother, Armel Castellan (who began in Ecuador), friend, Brahm Dorst and sister, Maiwenn Castellan (who began in USA), he will arrive in his hometown, Vancouver, Canada to visit family and friends before continuing his journey to reach the Arctic Circle. Inuvik in the North West Territiories, is the ultimate destination of this cycling expedition.

Over this 17 month period, Gwendal has inspired 7 other cyclists to join his adventure. The primary goal of the expedition is education. Cycling through 18 different countries he has learned Spanish and Portuguese, how to cook different cuisines, how different cultures survive and incorporate into today's pop culture. He has seen how people south of the 49th parallel view us, from and how the seem on the other side.

Through the entire expedition, The Antipodes Expedition Team have kept a website: http://www.antipodes-expeditions.com, and update it bi-monthly with photographs and articles about their adventure. With over 1000 new subscribers to their updates, the team is constantly receiving emails of encouragement.

On a budget of 10 USD a day, Gwendal and his teammates spend nights in eclectic locations: in parks, under bridges, at fire depts, with families, on the edge of a 1830m deep canyon and even next to a prison cell.

In Latin America, the team was able to sample many local /traditional dishes from Cuy (guinea pig), Chicharonnes ( deep fried pig skin), Argentinian parillas ( bbq’s), Colombian arepas, El Salvadorean Pupusas, Peruvian Ceviche, and of course Mexican Tortillas and Gorditas.

As the team headed north, they also relied on their creative culinary skills. Equipped with a wok and pressure cooker conveniently stored in a trailer (provided by Bike Box Trailers, a local Vancouver company), the team can cook up a storm baking breads, cakes, cooking curries, stirfries, lasagnas, carbonara pasta, soups, stews, drawing from local ingredients for their inspiration and to keep within their budget and their daily 7000 calories needs.

When the team reaches Inuvik in the late summer, the cycling adventure may come to an end but the team will begin work on their educational goals. For the near future, the team will visit schools in the lower mainland giving presentations about their trip,what they learned along the way and also relating their experiences with a variety of school subjects such as geography, social studies, life and career skills.

The team hopes to raise enough money to tour across Canada, next spring, giving presentations to schools from Vancouver to St. John’s Newfoundland. Still to come are plans to produce a documentary of their adventure.

On Saturday June 25th the team is hoping that others inspired by what they are trying to accomplish will ride into Vancouver with them from Gary Point Park in Steveston, Richmond to Hastings Mill Park in Vancouver. The ride will begin at 9am and a Celebration BBQ will be held at Hastings Mill Park at the foot of Alma street, between 12:30 and 5pm.

For more information please contact:
By email at expedition@antipodes-expeditions.com
(Please note:we will respond as soon as possible, interviews may be provided between June 25th and July 4th)

Adventure Education Inspiration

#409-1688 East 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC,
Canada, V5N 1J8


The Antipodes Expedition Project is primarily personally funded by the participants. They have received donations in kind from local small businesses: The Bike Box, The Bike Doctor, The Brickhouse Bistro, Victoria Florist, Perry + Associates Landscape Architects, Arvon Cycles, Stormfront BC and numerous generous individuals.

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August 25, 2004


Tune into CBC Radio 690 on the am dial at 6:45 AM!!!!! (Yikes!)
Tania will be interviewed by Mark Forsyth on the Morning Edition so set your alarm clocks!

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August 20, 2004


Hello Everyone!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Vancouver Sun this Saturday. We will be featured in the Travel section.

Gwendal has now made it to Bolivia and was on Santa Cruz' very own Channel 5.

The article was also picked up by the Ottawa Citizen.

Local adventurers cycle from Argentina to Inuvik
ANTIPODES EXPEDITION I Four team members are spending 18 months cycling 23,000 kilometres to contribute to educational projects -- and to have fun

Linda Bates
Vancouver Sun

August 21, 2004

Four young B.C. residents are challenging themselves to cycle from the tip of South America to the tip of North America, taking 18 months for a 23,000-km journey that would be just 18 hours by air.

Gwendal Castellan, 27, Tania Lo, 25, Damien McCombs, 24, and Ryan Parton, 27, make up The Antipodes Expedition: From Ushuaia to Inuvik by Bicycle. Castellan, a professional geographer and champion windsurfer and sailor, is cycling the entire route while the others join him for portions of the trip. Castellan is riding a custom-built convertible tandem bicycle that can carry a second rider and gear for the trip.

The cyclists, who are for the most part paying their own way, are doing it for the challenge and the adventure, of course, but they have another goal as well: to raise the awareness of teachers and students to the positive benefits of the Internet.

"We're trying to create on-line tools for teachers to use to help teach geography and life skills and creative skills in classrooms," Lo said recently in a telephone interview from her Vancouver home.

"We're working in partnership with a local company called Engine Digital, and we're creating a program called the Crank Log Challenge." As with a crank phone call, kids would create "crank" travelogues and post them on their classroom computers. "We would post a picture and some information about the region and then the kids would be able to generate their own story about the trip."

Related activities could include creative writing exercises and learning about different places and cultures. "We really wanted to strive for using adventure to stimulate education and inspiration," says Lo.

Lo, a former financial officer and personal trainer, is Castellan's partner. Castellan met Parton on-line and learned he was planning a similar trip and even leaving at the same time. In another coincidence, on a flight Parton found himself sitting next to Damien McCombs, whom Castellan had recruited a month before to join the trip. Parton was convinced to join the expedition as well.

Lo leaves Friday, Aug. 27, to join the team, whose other members have already been on the road for six months. Since beginning their trip they have experienced the winds of Patagonia, learned the tango in Buenos Aires, shared a traffic jam with the 16 million inhabitants of Sao Paulo and mourned the lives lost in a tragic supermarket fire in Acunsion, Paraguay.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Lo will join them at a village high in the Andes and begin her cycling adventure at a 4,000-metre elevation.

To learn more and to follow the adventures of the Antipodes Expedition visit www.antipodes-expeditions.com.

© The Vancouver Sun 2004

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August 09, 2004

Featured on City tv Tuesday at 6pm

Our very own Damien McCombs, who road with Gwendal from January to June, will be featured on Citytv on tomorrow's 6pm news broadcast.

City tv Ch 13
Express Vu ch260
Star Choice 356


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August 05, 2004


Thursday August 5, 2004

On Saturday, August 28th, 2004 Tania Lo from Vancouver, BC will take her very first breaths at 4000m above sea level. As she glides onto the runway of a town high in the Andean mountain range, where air is so thin, tying her shoelace will feel like attempting Mount Kilimanjaro, she will be greeted by her cycling team-mate: Gwendal Castellan of the Antipodes Expedition who set off from the tip of South America with his custom convertible tandem bicycle earlier this year. The Expedition Team is headed to the most northern Canadian end of the road: Inuvik, expecting to arrive late next summer. What can take 18 hrs to travel by plane will take 18 months to travel by bicycle.

Since embarking from the far south, the team has experienced the humbling winds of Patagonia, creatively expressed the 8-steps of the tango in Buenos Aires, shared a traffic jam with some 16 million inhabitants of Sao Paulo and on Sunday, sadly mourned with the people of Asuncion. This 23 thousand km journey will be the springboard to raise awareness of the vast, yet intimate connections that link people, place and culture throughout the Americas.

The Expedition Team is aiming to inspire imagination. Their project is looking to engage all people in experiencing the journey with them through a variety of media, in English, French and Spanish, such as the “Expedition” travel log email subscription, website, the “Crank-Log”on-line challenge and documentary film.

The Antipodes Expedition Project is primarily personally funded by the participants. They have received donations in kind from local small businesses: The Bike Box, Silicon Cowboys, The Brickhouse Bistro, Victoria Florist, Perry + Associates Landscape Architects, The Bike Doctor, Arvon Cycles, Stormfront BC and numerous generous individuals.

“Dreams cannot be attained if you have never dreamt them.”

Full Press Release Available as a PDF Here

For more information please contact:
Adventure Education Inspiration

#409-1688 East 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC,
Canada, V5N 1J8

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June 17, 2004

Brazil: Today on Radio-Canada at 1:30pm PST

Hi Everyone! A little note to tune into 97.7FM at 1:30pm PST as Gwendal will be doing a radio interview with Danielle Marcotte from Criciuma, Brazil. To find your frequency outside of Vancouver, please follow the link: http://www.radio-canada.ca/radio/

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