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May 17, 2011
Team Garmin-Cervélo at the Tour of California with the Clif Bar Food Mobile

Walk into a team hotel at the Tour of California at dinnertime and the Garmin-Cervélo table is empty. While the other teams load their plates from buffet tables then gravitate to their assigned seats, to find the Garmin-Cervélo boys you have to go to the parking lot.

Clif Bar Food Mobile with Team Garmin-Cervelo

From Team Garmin-Cervélo: This year the team brought along the Clif Bar Food Mobile to prepare breakfast and dinner for the riders. Every morning and evening the team congregates in the team bus where they feast on meals prepared by the husband and wife culinary team of Barbara and Chris Grealish.

Barbara, who trained at Johnson and Wales University's College of Culinary Arts in Denver, Colorado, says all the meals are gluten free. That means those traditional staples of the endurance athlete diet-bread and pasta-are not on the menu. The advantage of a gluten-free diet is that it is anti-inflammatory, meaning the diet helps the body's natural mending process. And that's very important to elite athletes like the Garmin-Cervélo riders who spend days building their fitness by tearing themselves down through racing and training and then adapting to those work loads with rest and nutrition. Instead of pasta, rice is a common denominator in many meals. That and fresh fruit and vegetables. But just because it's rice does not mean it's boring. Continue reading on Also, catch up with Tom Danielson about stage 2 of the Tour right here:

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