ATOC Tech: Feeding the podium — Inside The Shack’s mobile kitchen

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published May. 22, 2011

Sure they stole the Team Meal sign, but it's for a good cause. Photo: Nick Legan

GLENDORA, Calif. (VN) — Napolean said, “an army marches on its stomach.” And even in 2011, nothing has changed, especially for professional cyclists.

Allen Lim, a sports physiologist working with Team Radioshack, puts it this way, “Food is a weapon. Something the (ATOC) podium has in common is they aren’t eating the hotel food.”

Lim is referring to Chris Horner, Levi Leipheimer (Team Radioshack) and Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo). Team RadioShack and Garmin-Cervelo each have cooks working out of rental RVs here. RadioShack brought along Biju Thomas and Lim. Garmin has Chris and Barbara Grealish.

They prepare food for the entire team every day. This makes avoiding food allergies much easier. For Dave Zabriskie, a vegan, it guarantees that his dietary needs are met. Many cyclists avoid gluten during races as many feel it is inflammatory and inhibits recovery.

So not all tech takes place at the team truck. Some teams are taking it even further. Here’s a quick tour of RadioShack’s mobile kitchen.

FILED UNDER: Amgen Tour of California / Bikes and Tech TAGS:

Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

Stay updated on all things VeloNews

Subscribe to the FREE VeloNews newsletter