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!!