"Premier Race Support," a phrase or opportunity considered possible perhaps by only professional teams, those competing at a high level or the average human who, has a super hero wife or husband!! Well, lets consider all of those options associated with the phrase, "premier race support," old news, history, out of date... until NOW!! Ok, the tag line has drawn you in, brought that level of caffeinated buzz to an attention to detail.
Want to learn more about how "you" can feel like a pro? Read on our fellow cycling, foodie, adventure based guru's...
The Cyclist's Menu, which if you have not read the entirety of our website, is comprised of Head Coach, Heidi Rentz & Executive Chef, Zander Ault. Between the two of them, they hold 10 years of experience in the cycling industry; guides, chef's, sous chef's, adventurers, camp directors, fun provocateurs!! We love working outside, incredible foods and showing our guests that they can do it too, with us, in the best locations in the world!
As we continue to build our year round cycling & multi sport camp tour dates, we couldn't help but think about how to offer our experience at the race's and events we love to attend. There are many and as the season continues, we will release the kick ass stories that come from those dates. However, April 26th-May 1st, 2016 are 6 days we will never forget. Why? Because we launched our "Premier Race Support" concept to the world, live from Prescott, Arizona. This year marked Heidi's 5th season attending The Epic Rides, Whiskey 50 Off-Road Mountain Bike Event. 3 days of community, super duper fun, lots of bikes, cold beers and 50 miles of incredible trail.
What made this years Whiskey 50 event even better, is we had the opportunity to share in this explosion of culture, cycling and food with guests from Utah, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin. All came to Prescott to test their strength, all came to Prescott to experience our premier race support, as they competed and indulged in the Epic Rides, Whiskey 50 Off-Road. We arrived early to provide our guests an opportunity to experience Prescott, AZ, which is a very cool town. Did you know it was the Capitol of the Arizona Territory in the mid 1800's? At one time home to over 300 saloons! No wonder they call Main St, Whiskey Row. A couple of days to get acclimated, preview the course with Coach HR and get on the Chef Z meal plan, a highlight of the weekend!
What unfolded over the course of the weekend was magical. Truly an experience for guests and staff alike. We teamed up with mad man, Jake Schuppe. Owner of Adventure Seekers LLC, Jake is PRO in everything he does. Bike mechanic, personality, living life, and driving trailers. Thank gosh for the last one, because Jake owns "Yukon" the trailer, which he pulls with "Lucy" the truck. A 44 foot, custom built home on wheels. Fully decked out with living quarters for 8, commercial kitchen, on board hot water heater with full bathroom, storage for 15 bikes and more amenities than your average hotel. This was our home for the Whiskey 50 and we will be operating out of "Yukon" with Jake for the 2016 season and into the future.
Between 12 delicious meals, lots of trail riding, incredible moments together, a few cold beers and couple of bon fires, we left Prescott knowing we will be back year after year. The Whiskey 50 is an event everyone needs to attend, at least once. Stay tuned as we release our premier race support dates throughout the season. For now, know that you too can attend the Leadville 100, the Firebird 40, Go Pro Mountain Games and more, with our support and ride your butt off, hang with great people and nourish your mind, body and soul with Chef Z around the table.
The Cyclist's Menu
Is there anything better than realizing you have accomplished something you didn't think you would? At The Cyclist's Menu, we seem to be asking ourselves to answer this question on a regular basis. This is not something we take lightly either. Rather, the thought of surpassing our own personal goals, well, its hard enough to consider exactly what our ultimate goals even are right now. What's important about that statement is it emphasizes the passion we have behind our desire to succeed. We are cycling, we are food, we are culture. This we know, however we are pretty sure that our dedication to a lifestyle is being drawn out in real life, the canvas being the pavement leading to a dirt road, up a climb and into the middle of nowhere...
Better yet, maybe it's waking to fresh coffee with Chef Z, followed by yoga with Coach HR. Before we know it, we are "kitted" up and heading out for the days ride. Lunch somewhere beautiful, fresh air, warm soup and grilled panini's. Dinner that night might be grilled halibut and pickled veggies, maybe Churrasco Steak and a side of roasted potatoes and yellow beets. This is what we love and have come to closely associate ourselves with.
On Friday night, April 8th, 2016, The Cyclist's Menu; our friends, family, and local community gathered to celebrate. The theme for the event was local foods, future trail development, building community, everything cycling; you name it, we all gathered to discuss the importance of these topics in and around the city of Boulder, Colorado. The plan for getting people there was very grassroots, very simple. The Cyclist's Menu has been given an opportunity to succeed this winter and we knew we wanted to say thank you. Our partners and sponsors are so important to us, each one playing a very important role in the development of our weeks of cycling with clients across the Nation and during events such as "Community Soup." What started as a blog post, to highlight wonderful people doing extraordinary things; "Community Soup" has morphed into a team driven project to tighten relationships within Boulder, CO, the cycling industry and each city and town we visit, year in and year out. We love spending time with new people, friends and family and in moments like April 8th, we all realize the importance of taking the time to spend together, its truly enlightening. The Cyclist's Menu is so thankful for everyone joining us last Friday night in Boulder at the Pro Peloton Cyclery. If the flavors of the Zocalo Market chipotle sauce has left your palette, the crisp finish of a Sanitas Brewing IPA no longer lingering in your nose; try and remember a story you shared with someone there, a moment where you introduced yourself to someone new and engaged in meaningful conversation. We cant wait to share those moments again soon, on the bike or around the table.
The evenings silent auction raised a great amount of funding for the proposed "North Sky Trail." "Plan B," which is currently the development plan The City of Boulder, Planning Division is considering and putting great thought into for construction will provide world class trail development for the Boulder Valley. What will link Boulder to Lyons, CO on dirt single track, the "North Sky Trail" will meander through the rolling foothills on the West side of HWY 36, through Joder Ranch, connecting Heil Ranch Trails for an epic 20 +/- mile ride, run, adventure! That is of course, if this current draft plan is supported and seen as the best possible outcome for the community, and the area's surrounding environmental needs. The final public hearing for this proposed plan and future development will be held on June 7th, 2016 at the City of Boulder, Council Chambers. See you there! All of this information can be viewed and is up to date in the "North TSA Newsletter," located at the City of Boulder, Open Space & Mountain Parks Division website.
Thank you Boulder, CO! Thank you to all our friends, family and growing community for experiencing "Community Soup" with us. You're all a very important ingredient!
Coach HR and Chef Z
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