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Hello world, Mayo here.

My family still calls me by my elusive first name, but my friends can’t resist the draw of my incredibly spreadable last name. Nope: no relation to Hellmann’s, Richard Gere’s character in An Officer and a Gentleman or the famous medical research clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Since birth, I’ve pretty much been saddled with the same fate as Prince or Jeffrey “Dude” Lebowski with a single-name serving as the preferred nomenclature.

Odds are you’re not going to come up with any original nickname or reference I haven’t heard, but go ahead and knock yourself out. You can’t hold me, you will find ne’er a cracked smile with ironical references to mustard or ketchup (or even the obscure hybrid effort of Dijonnaise), and I prefer my sandwiches and Belgian frites sans the condiment that shares my last name; I personally can’t stand the stuff. Go figure.

Originally from the sunshine state of Colorado (Denver: Gorgeous! Gorgeous!), I now call this lovely city by the Bay “home.” It’s an OK place if you can get past the incessant nice weather, cool people and unbelievable biking, skiing, climbing and salty/fresh water activities. I suppose I’ll just have to make do…

I spend most of my days navigating the wild and wonderful world of Clif and Luna marketing: from ski resorts to vegetable oil-fueled RVs, bikes, bio-diesel and a really large old bus. Can you guess what I’m talking about?! Outside of those minor details, you’ll find me traipsing around the mountains and beaches alike with Buckley, my three-year-old Golden Retriever, sloshing around Northern California trout streams, taking in as much live music as humanly possible and generally enjoying life with friends and family.

Just hold the Mayo on my sandwich and any potential future punch-lines if you don’t mind.


Jun. 4, 2013
The Company You Keep

At CLIF Bar, we feel pretty lucky to have some pretty amazing friends who live within the conscientious “sweet spot” between outdoor adventure and conservation. One such friend is Gregg Treinish. As a relentless adventurer, Gregg found himself one day feeling that his large-scale pursuits like hiking the Appalachian Trail and trekking the 7,800 mile length of the Andes were a tad “selfish,” as he puts it. He envisioned a time when he could find other ways for exploration to benefit others, and the natural connection happened when he started to think of the others who, like himself, belong to…

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Sustainability

Nov. 1, 2011
2 Mile Challenge Reduces 470,000 Miles of Car Trips

Since our company's humble beginning on Gary's bike ride, the bicycle is in the CLIF Bar DNA. We love the bike for everything that it brings: fun, freedom and the fight against climate change, especially within 2 miles of where you live. We call it the 2 Mile Challenge. This year's 2 Mile Challenge welcomed thousands of registrants who helped avoid more than 65,000 car trips totaling upwards of 470,000 miles. From May 12 through October 31, participants logged bike trips to win points for their team to help us determine how to split up $100,000 in grants, which goes…

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Ryan
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Community, Sustainability

Oct. 17, 2011
Mr. Jones Goes to Washington

Business formal attire is about as far away as you can get from the everyday outerwear that's usually worn by Team CLIF BAR pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones when he goes to work. In fact, when a friend informed him that he’d been invited to Washington to speak on behalf of the winter sports industry about climate change, Jeremy had to call his brother to borrow a suit and tie. This Hill adventure (of the Capitol variety) was a far cry from the hills that make up Jeremy’s normal “office”; and certainly, advocating as a climate change witness wasn’t exactly what…

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Team Clif Bar

May. 12, 2011
2 Mile Challenge is Back! Bike to Reduce Car Trips in 2011

2010 was an amazing year for the 2 Mile Challenge thanks to you. You had plenty of feedback – and we listened. Now we're excited to welcome you back to kick off the 2011 2 Mile Challenge program. At Clif Bar & Company, we love to ride bikes and are committed to protecting the outdoor places where people play. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the 2 Mile Challenge, our way of encouraging people to swap cars for bikes for trips two miles or less - reducing carbon dioxide emissions to help fight climate change. We've set an overarching…

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Ryan
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Sustainability

Jun. 2, 2010
Introducing Your 2 Mile Challenge Team Leaders!

The CLIF BAR 2 Mile Challenge is underway – and the competition is already heating up! Glad to see so many of you have taken the charge to heart. If you've yet to join in, you can read all about it here. Speaking of heart, I’ve been remiss in getting back on the Clif Bar Blog to talk about the three key elements in keeping the 2MC extra super enjoyable for the participants throughout the summer. And of course I’m talking about the 2MC Team Leaders. I went on an exhaustive search over the past few months to find three…

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Ryan
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Events, Sustainability

May. 10, 2010
Join the CLIF BAR 2 Mile Challenge and Bike to Fight Climate Change

I'm Ryan, the bloke here at Clif Bar & Company whose job it is to shepherd our environmental efforts in the world. Good to see you! I'm here with big news today as we've just finished up an extended period of time installing some new components (nay, a new drive train?) on one of our favorite efforts around here at Clif Bar HQ, the 2 Mile Challenge. For those of you who have participated with us in the past, you know that it's in our DNA at Clif to help protect those places where we love to play. The 2…

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Ryan
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Events, Sustainability

May. 6, 2009
Addin’ a little ‘Hotsauce’

Hello. My name is Ryan, and I am addicted to gasoline. It hasn’t always been like that for me. When I was a kid, I rode my bike everywhere. Around my neighborhood, it was my freedom; it was my saving grace. I could whiz through the woods on my GT BMX bike pretending like I was evading Treetop Woodland Creatures as I dodged their incoming rock and stick-fire. Even in college, transportation was mostly centered on my hardtail mountain bike—to the grocery store, the burrito joint and even my part-time job at the Rec Center. Ah, the simple life... Somewhere…

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Office Life

Jul. 28, 2008
Viva la 2MC!

During this holiest of professional cycling months, as most velojos (Spanish for cycling-focused eyes; duh) are affixed upon Le Peloton de Le Tour closing in on the famous roads of the Champs Elyses, lest we forget about some other notable roads in the cycling world. Shannon, 2 Mile Challenge ambassador extraordinaire, checks in from Le 2MC Tour after a great weekend along the famed cobblestones of Iowa at RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI, baby! The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is the world’s longest and oldest touring bike ride, and the riders we have seen here have been so awesome! This…

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Ryan
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Events

Jul. 15, 2008
One, if by land; two, if by Susan

As you’ll remember from your 6th grade history class (shout out to Mrs. Charnley back in Hotlanta!), those Bostonians sure know how to spread good messages. One can’t help but recall the most famous of all Beantown messengers, Mr. Paul Revere, and his fateful midnight ride to alert the country folk of the British advancement on our hallowed shores. The Brits weren’t aware that Paul was his day’s version of “Twitter,” and he was able to get the word out in time for our faithful patriots (before Tom Brady’s time, I’m afraid) to be at the ready for a battle…

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Ryan
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Events

Jun. 25, 2008
2 Mile Challenge 2008—and they’re off!

As you faithful readers well know, we here at Clif Bar like to get out and about on a multitude of adventures whenever possible. One of the most epic adventures ever, happened last Fall when we set out on the 2 Mile Challenge tour. If you recall, the 2 Mile Challenge encourages people to replace one car trip under 2 miles with a bike once a week. Simple, right? Save some money on gas, do something good for your health and the environment—everyone wins! Well, we’re strong believers that one good turn deserves another, so we got our old bus…

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Ryan
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From the Road

Mar. 5, 2008
What’s in a name?

We have a longstanding tradition here at Clif Bar & Company to name our company vehicles. You might remember reading about the “Stinky Van” from way back when, named for, well, obvious reasons. Then there was of course “Roxy,” our veteran mobile tour Dodge Sprinter, which we recently retired and set out to pasture in the wild soybean fields of Dodge Sprinter yonder. I’m not sure if any of our Field Marketing friends ooot and aboot have any names for their trusty Dodge Ram Bio-D rigs, but they certainly should. For example, I think Chris Leon in Texas might think…

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Ryan
Category:
Natural Energy Tour

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