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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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Eric
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

Aug. 21, 2013
Video Updates from The USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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.

Jesse Anthony

Jonathan Vaughters

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Le Sensation American
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

Aug. 20, 2013
Mike “Meatball” Friedman Checks in From Colorado at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Mike “Meatball” Friedman races for the Optum Pro Cycling team and is one of the best personalities in the pro peloton.

Mike Friedman

Good morning and welcome to my USA Pro Cycling Challenge blog post for CLIF Bar. Optum Pro Cycling Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies is happy to have them on board as one of our great sponsors as we tackle races around the globe. It’s companies like Clif that allow us to do what we do - I personally rely on CLIF food during the race as they have a good mix of CLIF Bars, SHOT Gels, SHOT BLOKS, and recovery products, in addition to recently revamping their drink mix that we are currently testing at this race, which I have to admit I like. 

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Guest Starring
Category:
Events, Team Clif Bar

Jul. 20, 2013
Tour de France - Stage 19 - Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand

Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.

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Three distinct memories from this major day in the Alps. First, when you drive the race route and go over five mountain summits, you begin to understand the magnitude of what these riders face day after day.

Tour de France Stage 19

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Guest Starring
Category:
Team Clif Bar, Tour

Jul. 18, 2013
Tour de France - Stage 18 Gap to Alpe d’Huez

Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

There are plenty of celebrations going on for the 100th birthday of the Tour de France but none bigger than on Alpe d’Huez. Today I saw more bikers riding up a mountain than I’ve ever seen. Hat off to all those people because it’s a long, tough climb at 13.8 kilometers and an average grade of 8%.

Tour de France Stage 18

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Guest Starring
Category:
Team Clif Bar, Tour

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