In light of it all, COVID has offered us a chance to get extra creative! As a result, here are some important changes that we've made here at The Cyclist's Menu:
Most important: Two weeks leading up to day 1 of Camp; BE AS CAREFUL AS POSSIBLE.
Those are the biggest changes we've made here at The Cyclist's Menu & we can't thank you enough for understanding and supporting them! If you have any further questions/thoughts about these changes, please feel free to contact us.
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR GUESTS EXPERIENCE WITH US DURING COVID-19:
What a fantastic trip! I felt very Covid-safe, and it didn't hinder the socializing a bit. Coming home, I told my friends one of the best (of many) things about the gravel camp was the ability to SEE AND INTERACT with people after seven months of lockdown (Covid is hard on us extroverts). With the Covid test prior to camp, all meals al fresco, individual buffs for all to pull up when we got near each other, and the moderate AZ temps, it didn't feel like we had to 'suffer' to be Covid-safe. The staff were super-responsible about Covid (as well as being mad-fit riders) and I got great tips about descending and riding gravel along the way. And let's not forget they were willing to take the front when the winds got frisky! I loved socializing in the spacious-yet-intimate Gravel Camp House Gardens with lots of spaces to spread out and hunker down around the fire. My jacket came home smelling of mesquite smoke which makes me smile every time I smell it and remember the trip. Thank you TCM!
- Anne M. Boston, Massachusetts / November 2020
If you are looking for a great cycling experience run by Covid sensitive operators; this is it. Masks, social distancing, creative outdoor dining on top of challenging cycling in a spectacular setting look no further.
-Larry K. -Tucson, AZ / November 2020
After all of my summer and early fall cycling events were canceled I was in search of something to do in the Fall. I got in touch with Heidi and had a great conversation about the Arizona Gravel Camp. She was genuinely interested in my cycling background and what I hoped to get out of the camp. In the age of COVID she outlined all of the protocols being put in place, including meals outside, tables with cohorts of 3-4 guests, mask requirements, and limiting the number of people indoors at any given time. All of the guests and our hosts were respectful and followed all of the rules. As for the riding, it was just amazing! With a group of 10 we had a wide spectrum of cycling ability. Our guides, Heidi, Dustin, Juri, and Zander were all spectacular and made sure that everyone, from the strongest riders on down, was able to get the most out of the camp. Zander’s meals were all delicious and healthy and great for getting the day started or refueling at the end of the day. On-route support was great, the stops were just where they needed to be - thanks Will for making them all so fun and taking such beautiful photos along the way. On my drive home I couldn't stop thinking about what a great time I had with everyone at the camp and started plotting my return. Thank You to The Cyclist’s Menu team and all of the other riders for making this such a special week.
-Randy E. -Broomfield, CO / November 2020
I recently spent 5 days in Patagonia, AZ attending my second gravel camp with The Cyclist Menu. The level of care that Heidi and Zander, and their entire staff, put into ensuring each person had a great experience was first rate. The addition of The Gravel House as the meeting place, food stop, fun camp, etc., has really upgraded the experience and gives everyone a place to congregate, find some peace and quiet, and make you feel right at home. Of course, I couldn't go on without recognizing that my experience happened during COVID. I will say that there was not one moment that I did not feel safe or concerned about my health or the health of the others around me. Heidi and Zander and their entire crew were extremely attentive to ensure that all of us (camp participants and team members) were practicing the required guidelines and safety measures to keep everyone safe and healthy. My trip with The Cyclist Menu was amazing!!! As I stated before, this was my second trip, and Heidi and Zander have raised the bar significantly. My experience was one that I will not forget!!! The experience, people, environment, food, riding, staff, was sooooo good!
-Sean J. Healdsburg, California / November, 2020
In these crazy times of Covid virus, a breath of fresh air and some amazing riding, scenery, companionship, and awesome food is the answer to going insane! The Cyclist's Menu is the real deal. I felt totally safe at all of the meals and interactions all 10 of us participants had. The outdoor area is spacious, open, and safe. We abided by the rules of wearing a mask at all times and totally limiting the number of us inside the camp's building. Our hosts Heidi, Zander, Yuri, Dustin, and Will were gracious and very protective. The experience was unbeatable and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a safe, comfortable, and ride challenging experience.
Randy A., Tucson, AZ / November 2020
Words spoken resonated joy within our hearts. Conscious food was given, nourishing our bodies. Terrain was explored, awakening the spirits in our souls. All in a covid friendly environment. A negative test was required (and much appreciated all around) for all participates. Zander and Heidi are such a lovely couple and simply outstanding hospitality. The staff was amazing, thank all of you!! Social distancing was practiced, including face coverings and outdoor spaces for meals and friendship making moments.
-Ali R. Arkansas / November, 2020
My wife and I had the pleasure of attending a recent gravel camp with The Cyclist’s Menu. In these uncertain times, it was refreshing and rejuvenating to have an opportunity to ride in a safe environment with a group of similarly minded cyclists. Heidi and Zander have paid careful attention to the need to minimize risk during covid times; all of our meals were served outdoors, with careful attention to appropriate distancing and use of face coverings as needed.
-Dan S. Boston, Massachusetts / November, 2020