The Ultimate Bermuda Experience

Amazing day showcases Bermuda as cycling venue

Eight lucky sweepstakes winners had a close encounter with all things Bermudian when The Ultimate Bermuda Experience made its sensational debut in January 2012.

The genesis of Phil Keoghan, producer and host of CBS’s international television phenomenon, The Amazing Race, the event was organised by Quency Phillips of The Que Agency and Dudley Thomas of The Ultimate Bermuda Experience Delivery Consortium. The day promoted Bermuda as a pristine world-class tourist product and a cycling destination like no other.

Thrilling mid-Atlantic island adventure

In an immersive experience, the four couples took in everything from jet skiing to kayaking, from luxurious Tucker’s Point to the Bermuda Aquarium, and from glass-blowing lessons to an intimate gourmet breakfast at Bouchée. For many, the highlight was the private lunch at the Commissioner’s House with Dr Edward Harris, Director of the National Museum of Bermuda.

But it all kicked off two days earlier at the Queen’s Exhibit Hall, with a spectacular black-tie event that raised over $24,000 for the MS Society of Bermuda, the official charity of The Ultimate Bermuda Experience. Guests met Phil Keoghan and enjoyed a sensational night of dinner and frenetic dancing with the irrepressible Bermuda gombeys.

Less than 48 hours later, the adventure began in earnest, as chauffeurs whisked the winners around the island on elite S-Series scooters supplied by Elbow Beach Cycles. The experience marinated the winners in the cuisine, culture, and contours of Bermuda. In a festival of positive comments, even visitors who’d been before said the event “took one’s breath away” and exposed fascinating parts of the island other trips had never covered.

Non-stop journey of discovery – with paparazzi

Pursued by a team of photographers and videographers, the sweepstakes winners said they felt like movie stars. Their expert drivers took them from Camden in the Botanical Gardens to the picturesque village of Flatts at the centre of the island.

At Flatts, the winners jammed to the sultry vocals of local singer/songwriter Fiyah Marshall. Next up was kayaking from beach to buoy at Tucker’s Point, breakfast at Bouchée, and yacht-watching at Albuoy’s Point, before heading west. The group was delighted to be escorted by a jet-ski safari courtesy of Sea Venture Watersports from Waterlot Inn to the 9 Beaches resort.

Back on dry land, drivers rode the couples to Dockyard to blow glass, eat rum cake, and slurp ginger beer at Dockyard Glassworks. Each sweepstakes winner received a handmade glass token of Bermuda from the Director, Alan J Avery. Finally, at a triumphant presentation at the Commissioner’s House, organisers announced the delighted winner, Mrs Joy McDaniels.

Later, Mr Keoghan praised the island as “an undiscovered cycling destination”, after his women’s professional cycling team, raising funds for MS, used the event to get in shape.

After an overwhelmingly positive reception from winners and spectators, the team at Elbow Beach Cycles has high hopes that everyone can look forward to the return of The Ultimate Bermuda Experience to Bermuda’s shores.

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