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Aug. 20, 2013
Colorado Kitchen Confidential, Part 2
If you read the blog yesterday, you’ll know that the Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling team brings along a custom rolling kitchen to each stage race in the United States. And, if you watched today’s USA Pro Challenge stage roll into Breckenridge, Colorado, you’ll know that Garmin’s own Lachlan Morton finished second and pulled on the overall leader’s jersey a few minutes later.

So, what powered Lachlan over two grueling mountain passes and 120 miles of Rocky Mountain torture today? Take a look at last night’s menu:

Chicken Tikka Masala
Aloo Gobi
Quinoa Veggie Pilaf
Basmati Rice

Apparently this combination works, as Lachlan spent much of the day toiling in a breakaway and still had enough strength at the end to take the race lead. Although it might seem counterintuitive to eat a dish like Chicken Tikka Masala the night before a big race, here are a few things to consider…

Chicken is a great source of lean protein that aids in repairing damaged muscle tissue. And make no mistake: Monday’s stage was a real leg burner. The secret ingredient in the dish, however, is Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice that comes from a plant in the ginger family. It has been used for thousands of years in many cultures to treat all kinds of ailments and is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Why? Because Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin, which aside from providing the previously-described benefits, is also a powerful antioxidant, helping the body in the fight against free radicals. So, while eating a big bowl of Chicken Tikka Masala may not get you to the top step of the podium at the USA Pro Challenge, it might just be the recipe for winning your next Tuesday night crit! Tune in tomorrow to see if the Garmin Team Kitchen can help Lachlan keep that jersey!
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