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Oct. 3, 2013
Meet Your CLIF Builder’s Tough Mudder Sweepstakes Winner

Thousands of you entered to win our CLIF Builder’s Ultimate VIP trip to Tough Mudder in San Diego. If you remember, part of the deal was that our winner forms their team of six people, and we provide training sessions for the entire team leading up to the event.

Well, meet your winner, Mike Arnold! We’ll be following Mike through his team’s training sessions and right through the actual Tough Mudder event in San Diego.

Our Tough Mudder Sweeps Winner, Mike Arnold

My name is Mike Arnold and I’m a very active 38-year-old father of three and husband of one! At a young age of 14, I started throwing weights around in the gym and I’m still very involved with that aspect of my life. I train simple, deaf-lift, squat, bench and military press and all the filler exercises.

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Posted by:
Chris Morell
Category:
Events, Athlete Life

Aug. 24, 2013
Colorado Kitchen Confidential - Part 5

Yesterday we talked about how the red quinoa that the Garmin team kitchen chefs prepared for the team is a sort of wonder food when it comes to providing beneficial nutritional elements for cyclists. Apparently it worked, as Garmin-Sharp riders Andrew Talansky and Tom Danielson both ended up on the podium after today’s intense individual time trial up Vail Pass. What do Barb and Chris have in store for the team to ensure that they are at their best for stage 6?

Danielson_Talansky

Check out Friday’s menu:

Mediterranean halibut
Nicoise salad
Black rice salad
Red cabbage with fennel and orange
Red rice

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Posted by:
Eric
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

Aug. 23, 2013
Colorado Kitchen Confidential - Part 4

If you’ve checked out the CLIF Bar blog over the last several days, you already know that Barb and Chris, the Garmin-Sharp team chefs, have been preparing amazing meals on the road for the team during the USA Pro Challenge.  While these meals are meant to be wholesome and tasty, they are also very purposeful, with almost every ingredient serving to keep the riders strong and sharp. 

Team Kitchen close-up

So, what did the chefs serve up on the evening before the most important and pivotal stage of the race – the individual time-trial in Vail? Glad you asked! Here is Thursday’s menu:

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Posted by:
Eric
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

Aug. 22, 2013
Video Updates from The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Stage 3 and 4

CLIF Bar‘s Dylan and Eric nab some time with members of Team Garmin-Sharp and Team Optum Pro Cycling at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Check out the videos to see what these riders are predicting.

Ryan Anderson

Jonas Carney

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Posted by:
Le Sensation American
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

Aug. 22, 2013
Colorado Kitchen Confidential, Part 3

Nitrate. It’s all the rage. So, while we’d love to talk about the delicious chicken chili enchiladas, cilantro rice, and black bean corn salsa that the Garmin-Sharp guys ate for dinner on Tuesday before stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge, we will, instead, focus on the cilantro, arugula, and avocado salad that was also served. Why? Because arugula contains nitrate, and nitrate has been shown to significantly increase performance levels of athletes, including cyclists, in several serious studies.

Through a complex process involving the small intestines, saliva, bacteria and the stomach, consumed nitrate is converted to nitrite and then to nitric oxide, among other nitrogen oxides. Nitric oxide can have a surprisingly large impact on how well your muscles perform under high-intensity exercise, allowing them to use oxygen more efficiently. Although results obviously vary, one study showed an average increase of power of 5% for nitrate-ingesting cyclists during a short time trial. That’s freaking crazy! 

JV and Talansky

Andrew Talansky and Jonathan Vaughters…discussing the benefits of nitrate?

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Posted by:
Eric
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

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