Following a successful road cycling camp in January, we packed up shop in Colorado to head back down to the desert of Tucson, AZ. This trip was the beginning of something magical for us, our first inaugural Mixed Terrain cycling experience. With the storm of interest brewing around events like The Dirty Kanza 200, LandRun 100, Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race, and many more; this concept of riding long distance on dirt roads is trending. At The Cyclist's Menu, we love riding the roads seldom seen, and mixed terrain offers our clients a style of riding that gets you away from most traffic, out of town and into the heart of adventure!
Over the course of 6 days in the desert southwest, we experienced mountain roads, massive sweeping vistas, long packed dirt road climbs and moments where we were only 3 miles from the border of Mexico. Ever heard of Lochiel, AZ?! Neither had we, until we scouted and rode our bikes on what is a world class gravel loop, in the middle of nowhere!! To ride it, you may just have to stay tuned to our tour dates!
With temperatures averaging in the 80's, Saguaro cacti covering the landscape, tan lines all around, and hours spent around the breakfast, lunch and dinner table; the crew rolled through a memorable week of adventure! The Cyclist's Menu crew was comprised of local legend, Donovan Caputo, Tucson's best mechanic and bike shop, Joe Dominguez of ProBike Tucson and 2015 Dirty Kanza 200 winner: Yuri Hauswald. It was a stellar week for guests and staff to build community together and embrace our experience in local foods and long, beautiful miles on the bike. We love mixed terrain riding, stay tuned in to our 2016 tour dates for all the information you need on upcoming events, locations, and how you can join The Cyclist's Menu family!!
The fact that we have met Jake Schuppe, Founder of Adventure Seekers LLC is by no means something that happened by mistake. While attending the 2016 Epic Rides event, 24 Hours of Old Pueblo, Jake parked right next to the Boulder, CO based brand and hydration wizards known as, Skratch Labs! For whatever reason, near the end of this massive weekend of mountain biking, cheering, support crews, late night race laps and delicious rice bowls; Skratch Labs mentioned to Jake he should connect with The Cyclist's Menu. Thank you, Skratch Crew, because we could't be more excited to look forward to a bright future, working with Adventure Seekers LLC on some crazy, awesome cycling camp ideas!
Following a lengthy career working for Shimano, Carmichael Training Systems and a few bike shops in between, Jake developed a mechanical theory behind designing incredibly tough trailers. I don't mean any kind of trailer... I mean a trailer that 7 people can live out of, cook inside a professional kitchen, store more bikes than actually needed (even for Moab), and have a completely off the grid experience with high quality amenities, all the time. Jake says, "We can run our diesel generator for 5 days without refueling!!" Jake's level of excitement in bringing this concept to the recreational, event and endurance sports scene is through the roof. Looking for the next best housing opportunity at the Leadville 100, Breck Epic, Dirty Kanza 200 or Sea Otter Classic?? Search no more! Equipped with a line up of the best logistical staff in the business, on site private chef and professional bike maintenance team, Adventure Seekers LLC is bringing the best to you, anywhere you want to be!! Literally, anywhere!
That gets me back to the first paragraph and Jake Schuppe and his crew rolling into 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. This event is off the grid, dirt roads, ATV status at best. Jake arrives and staff on hand quickly assess his trailer, thinking there would be no way he would back the thing into place. With many years under his belt, having grown up in the mid west driving tractors since the age of 9, Jake has that baby locked in and ready for action in under 20 minutes. Game time, Adventure Seekers are ready to roll!
Currently living in Breckenridge, CO and splitting his time between Breck Bike Guides and putting the final touches on the trailer he calls, "Yukon," Jake is a busy man. Expect to see him at many events this summer across the Rocky Mountain Region. We welcome Adventure Seekers LLC into our family through this main vain of "Community Soup." Our place to highlight incredible people, doing incredible things! The Adventure Seekers crew is in Arizona this week, gearing up for the Beti Bike Bash at McDowell Mountain Park, just outside Phoenix. Best of luck down there guys and gals!!!
Chef Z and Coach HR
Meet "Yukon". Built out with 7 beds, a full kitchen, living room, and a bike storage/mechanic room!
Meet "Lucy"! She'll take excellent care of our bikes...
Everyone, meet Jake Schuppe! One of the most down to earth people on this planet. We can't wait to work with you this season!!
With the Launch of our new website and blog space, we want to take a moment, here and there, to highlight some very special sponsors, partners, groups and people who
are involved with The Cyclist's Menu and vital to our success.
Welcome to: "Community Soup" with our first entry: Healthy Skoop
Healthy Skoop is a Boulder, Colorado based superfoods and plant based protein supplement company. Skoop created their line up of nutrition powders "because they believe great nutrition is an inalienable right. Like life, liberty and all the rest."
A friend introduced Skoop to us over a year ago, we were both immediately impressed and now we're lucky enough to live in the same area! Skoop has lead to many fun improvements to our daily eating habits in many ways, every day.
The brainchild of a small group of mad scientists, health guru's, active entrepreneurs and free spirits, Skoop is building community in many ways, something we take seriously at The Cyclist's Menu. For every serving of Skoop sold, they donate a fresh serving of fruits and vegetables to schools across the country. They call it "Project Produce" where 3% of sales are designated to cafeterias and after school programs. We dig this and love working with Skoop, offering many of their products at each of our cycling and multi sport camps in the USA and Europe. At the smoothie bar or sitting on the tail gate of our sag van, in need of immediate post ride sustenance, we've got ya covered!
One thing we love about Skoop is their approach to nutrition. They make it simple for people to grab a wholesome meal when they're in a pinch, in between workouts or on the go. Whether your into beet powders before you get your day started, all in one nutritional shakes or super greens packed with micronutrients, Skoop can help you fuel your body through life's adventures! We are so excited to be showcasing Skoop in the endurance cycling and multi sport training industry. Unlike many all in one brands, supporting how your body works, functionally; Skoop produces their products from incredible ingredients. This is exactly why we use it! You can read each label and understand what your buying and putting into your body. Cheers to your healthy soul!
CHEF Z & Coach HR
True to the beginning of all new things, the feelings of apprehension, nervousness, excitement and the unknown have been alive at The Cyclist's Menu headquarters in Longmont, Colorado. In the heart of the Boulder Valley, our backyard is filled with miles and miles of beautiful road, mixed terrain and mountain riding; our space to clear our heads, confirm our desire to succeed and brainstorm the future of the cycling and multi sport destination training industry. We love what we do so much that cycling, food and culture is what defines the essence of our brand, our mission to celebrate a healthy lifestyle with guests from around the globe.
CHEF Z & Coach HR on 1 of many classic Boulder "lunch loops" with the usual 2,700 feet of climbing, and back to the office in 1 hour!
January 23rd, 2016 marked a historical moment in history for us, as we held our inaugural road cycling camp in Tucson, Arizona.
For the past 4 years, we have worked professionally as coaches, guides and chef's during the winter months in Tucson. We have come to love the landscape, the local community, its residents and endless cycling and seasonal foods opportunities. On that January 23rd date, our incredible group of 10 came together to experience the best of the desert southwest, Heidi's infectious coaching style and Chef Z's dedication to healthy foods, local agriculture and bold flavor! Our setting was nestled amongst Saguaro Cactus and the Tucson Mountains. Unobstructed views of Kit Peak to the West and Madera Canyon to the South, we rode 350 miles, we sat down together, shared stories of each day over the smells of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tucson, Arizona will be 1 of our go to winter training destinations for years to come.
As each day begins, the pages of 2016 are revealed. We have a lot to look forward to and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you all. Our community in Colorado is incredible, we wouldn't be where we are with out it. As we push on and set our goals for the future, we can't help but think of the seasons ahead! With dates scheduled in Colorado, Minnesota, California, Arizona and Belgium, this wonderful new concept of mixed terrain riding is becoming our strong focus.
Providing the opportunity for our clients to experience a cycling adventure like never before, sending them home with a new outlook on riding and exploration. Working closely with the agriculture
industry in all of our featured destinations, our menu's are chock full of the freshest ingredients available. Heritage bakers in Tucson, Arizona, small scale ranchers in Berthoud, Colorado and heirloom vegetable farmers in Petaluma, California. Our culture is felt immediately and built upon during your 5 or 7 days with us.
Welcome to The Cyclist's Menu family, we look forward to a meal and some miles with you soon.
Heidi Rentz & Zander Ault
Petaluma, California ~ Mixed Terrain Camp (below) Boulder, Colorado ~ Mixed Terrain Camp (below)
October 18-23, 2016 September 24-29, 2016