Our Commitment to the Environment
At Outfitter Bicycle Tours we are aware of, and concerned about, the carbon footprint created by guests who join us for tours. While cycling itself is a carbon-neutral activity, we are acutely aware of the environmental impact of traveling great distances on airplanes to join one of our tours, using fossil fuel-burning vans for land transport during tours, general electricity usage, and the replacement of large amounts of burnt calories by food that may not have been locally farmed.
How can a cycling tour company help the environment? We do this by calculating our carbon footprint and offering our clients the option to buy carbon credits to offset the carbon created during a tour. An average tour with us has been calculated to create approximately 4.5 tons of carbon emissions per person. Through our relationship with 3Degrees Group, a leader in renewable energy credits and carbon credits, we offer guests the opportunity to offset their own carbon footprint at $67.50 per tour. This offer is a part of the tour registration process.
So, where does the money go? To projects that result in real, quantifiable, permanent and additional greenhouse gas emission reductions that are third-party verified against objective, credible and transparent standards*. Verified reductions manifest through carbon mitigating projects that would not exist but for offset programs. Offset funds from Outfitter Bicycle Tours guests support the Corinth Coal Mine Methane project as well as others. Specifically, the Corinth project consists of a methane capture system in an abandoned coal mine in rural Illinois. This system collects methane, a potent greenhouse gas, that would have otherwise escaped into the atmosphere. The collected methane is injected into a nearby interstate gas pipeline, from which it is distributed to customers.
What else? We take it an additional step by offsetting our own corporate operations. Every year, we calculate our companywide output of carbon and purchase offsets accordingly. We realize that this does not eliminate all of the pollution that our tours create, but it is an important step in the right direction.
* – For more information please visit: http://www.3degreesinc.com/products/carbon-offsets
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“The team at the Outfitter Bicycle Tours put together an amazing holiday that I’ll never forget. We had great places to stay/eat and we were always in the thick of the action. The tour rides catered for riders of all levels and we somehow managed to visit my favourite team on a tour ride! I’ll be back to do it all again soon.”
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”