Creativity: The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
Creativity is the only word that comes to mind when searching for a description of what Co-Founder and Director, Heidi Rentz, accomplished with the first annual Woman's Mixed Terrain cycling experience in Boulder, CO. Our Chief Ambassador, Yuri Hauswald, said it right in Issue 54 of Peloton Magazine regarding our March 2016 Mixed Terrain experience in Tucson, Arizona. "This was not a racers camp, though, this was about the shared moments around eating, riding and making new friends."
5 nights, 6 days spent exploring a new kind of riding and a new way of connecting with a regions local food network. However, most importantly, reconnecting with friends you may have arrived with, while establishing a life long friendship with someone you met 2 hours before the first days "shakedown" spin. From August 20th-26th, 2016 a group of woman from Iowa rode hard, ate incredibly well and connected directly with the community, the farms and ranches and vibe surrounding Longmont and Boulder, Colorado.
Each gal enjoyed living quarters for our week in the comfort of their very own Westfalia VW Vanagon.
If relaying the beauty that existed during our first annual Woman's Mixed Terrain experience were possible, this blog might be a bit more concise. It just isn't that simple, you have to live it to understand. The reason we search for different locations across the USA, is because we would never want our guests to consider joining us in the future, already knowing they have been there before. Why? What for? Of course, we revisit places we love, but when choosing to vacation with an outfit that strives for diversity and offers a moment in time to live for a week, in a way unknown beforehand, you wont go home considering any other form of travel. It has changed our lives, we can't wait to be a part of the change in yours.
Following lengthy careers in the industry as guides, chefs and coaches for athletes from around the globe, we discovered a missing link. Perhaps its more appropriate to say that we disliked the fact that guests came to ride their bikes and when it was all said and done, they went home. Of course, moments were spent getting to know each other, but it never felt completely real. We never felt like clients could be exactly who they are or who they wanted to be, during 6 days they chose to leave their home and celebrate themselves, their choice to disconnect, explore the far reaching abilities of their athletic ability and ultimately, do whatever they please.
Disconnecting from the world for a moment, enjoying Colorado's local "flora" during a mid-ride water break.
In an atmosphere filled with no time constraints or any real need to be anywhere at any moment other than outside, except jumping on your bike, hydrating and eating when hungry. We are proud to say we are different from any other cycling related vacation company on this planet.
Mixed Terrain cycling provides a moment on two wheels everyone needs to experience. The growth alone in this genre provides reason to join us on seldom seen roads in beautiful places across this country. However, mixed terrain riding is free from the hassle of what is encountered on a typical bike ride. With very little traffic, expansive views, routes designed for riders of all levels, mixed terrain is where the fun is. Be yourself, be quirky, be weird, be relaxed, be speedy, but most of all, forget about the stress of daily life and jump on your bike!! We'll see you out there.
CHEF Z & COACH HR