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Cycling House Featured in New York Times

Our upcoming Mallorca (Majorca) trips were recently featured in a New York Times article by Rachel Lee Harris. Her article does a great job at explaining what we do at The Cycling House and what our guests can expect when joining us on an awesome cycling experience.

MALLORCA CYCLING TOUR

Our Mallorca trips are quickly approaching with just a few spots remaining. Our first trip starts on May 2nd and we’ll run trips all the way into June. Checkout the Majorca trip page for more information. Call us at 406-370-7601 or email us to learn more about our trips.

Cycling House Staff are always up for a good time

Cycling House Staff are always up for a good time

Interesting note. The article uses the english version of the island’s name, Majorca. Both spellings are correct and Mallorca (the version we normally use) is the spanish way of spelling the island’s name.

Mallorca Cycling Camp

Majorca Cycling Trip at The Cycling House

NYtimes Cycling House

Cycling House Lamb Burger Recipe

The Cycling House Lamb Burgers

Naturally, lamb is a very lean meat. Therefore, you must add moisture to keep it from drying out during the grilling process. When you grill any meat, it will dehydrate and become tough. To retain moisture, and add delicious flavor to our lamb burgers, we add onions and olive oil.

Cycling House Branded Buns!

Cycling House Branded Buns!

Our favorite bun choices are a rustic sourdough loaf, or a good old english muffin.

Servings: 3-4 people

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground lamb
  • 1/4 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil (when adding additional pounds of meat, add 1 more Tbs per pound)
  • 1/2 Tbs Cumin
  • 1/2 Tbs Coriander
  • 2 tsp stoneground mustard
  • 1 tsp salt

Dice onion and garlic. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Mix and form patties for your individual burgers.

These burgers pair well with sweet potato fries, jicama and watermelon salad and roasted root vegetable salad.

Cycling house trip Lamb Burger Food

TCH Chimichurri Sauce (Great on all meats, veggies, salads and potato dishes)

  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp course ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp zest of lime
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Use a food processor or vita mix add garlic and chop. Once chopped add the next 4 ingredients until pulsed. Add the final ingredients. Gradually add oil in order to emulsify it. The process of emulsification allows the oil to be fully incorporated into the dressing. If not added slowly, the oil will separate from the final dressing. This process will also allow you to control the thickness of your dressing.

2014 Mallorca Spain Cycling Camp

Mallorca Spain Cycling Camp – May 2014 Special Rate

Mallorca Cycling Camp

We are running a special on our Mallorca Camps in May.

This camp is all-inclusive; great accommodations, amazing food, fully guided rides and most all of the other TCH services.

Remaining Available Camps in Mallorca

  • May 3rd-9th: 4 Spots Remaining
  • May 12th-18th: 1 Spot Remaining
  • May 20th-26th: 3 spots remaining
  • May 28th-June 3rd: Fully Booked

Normal Camp Rate = $2795
Contact us for Discounted Camp Rate Option

See our Mallorca Camp Page for full details here.

Dinner time at The Cycling House

Dinner time at The Cycling House

Mallorca Cycling Camp Travel Details

Fly into Palma: PMI

We suggest arriving in Mallorca a day early.

Contact us if you’d like a detailed itinerary or if you have any questions.

Another beautiful ride in Mallorca Spain

Another beautiful ride in Mallorca Spain

Cycling and Triathlon Winter Training Destination – Camps in Tucson, AZ

For us at The Cycling House, 2014 has been an amazing winter of cycling in the desert of Tucson, AZ. We’ve seen temperatures in the upper 70′s and low 80′s with very little rainfall whatsoever. This winter has been the perfect training climate for the cyclists and triathletes that wanted to get some sunny winter base miles in.

Brendan Halpin took this sunrise photo before heading out to Saguaro E. National Park

Brendan Halpin took this sunrise photo before heading out to Saguaro E. National Park

We are now coming into March which will be a great month for us. All camps in March are fully booked but we do have some availability in our April Cycling House Camp. After we run our Tucson Cycling and Triathlon Camps we’ll be heading over to Cycling Camp in Mallorca, Spain to put together 4 camps with our riders.

Riding base miles with the Saguaro Cactus in Tucson, AZ

Riding base miles with the Saguaro Cactus in Tucson, AZ

The Cycling House Riding Skills Clinic in Tucson, AZ

Our skills clinic has been a huge hit this season in Tucson. Riders learn valuable pointers to stay upright on the bike when things go wrong.

Our skills clinic has been a huge hit this season in Tucson. Riders learn valuable pointers to stay upright on the bike when things go wrong.

 

This is our new neighbor at our Tucson Cycling Camps

This is our new neighbor at our Tucson Cycling Camps

The Cycling House Food

The food at our cycling trips is always a hit at camp.

The food at our cycling trips is always a hit at camp.

 

Mount Lemmon is the crown jewel ride at our camp in Tucson

Mount Lemmon is the crown jewel ride at our camp in Tucson

 

For more information on our Cycling and Triathlon Camps reach out to us here.

Here are a few of our upcoming Cycling and Triathlon Trips:

Tucson Cycling Camp

 

Mallorca, Spain Cycling Camp

 

2nd Annual Tour de Montana

 

Montana Mountain Bike Camp

 

Tour de Montana Peloton Magazine Article by Heidi Swift

The Cycling House Tour de Montana was featured in Peloton Magazine’s October Issue. Below is the full article.

By Heidi Swift

Click to Enlarge – Peleton Magazine Article on The Cycling House’s Tour de Montana

Tour de Montana Peloton Magazine Article by Heidi Swift - Owen Gue

Click to Enlarge – Peleton Magazine Article on The Cycling House’s Tour de Montana

Tour de Montana Peloton Magazine Article by Heidi Swift - Owen Gue

Click to Enlarge. Peloton Magazine Article by Heidi Swift

Peloton Magazine - Cycling House Tour de Montana

Click to Enlarge – The Cycling House Tour de Montana

A Few Words From Our Scholarship Recipient

By Daniel Holmdahl

I want to share some episodes with you from my experience as the scholarship recipient for the Cycling House’s scholarship program.

As any cyclist who aspires to race well but who also has a job or an academic commitment knows, time is the major constraint to how much training you can fit in your life. Add several inches of snow; temperatures well below zero, an eight week sick-period due to a compressed vertebra, and you have a good estimate of the starting point for my pre-season training block.

Cycling Camp Tucson - Cycling House

I am the president of the Dartmouth College Cycling Team. This is my last year of collegiate racing, and my fourth year racing on a bike. I applied for the Cycling House (TCH) scholarship, not to get ahead of my competition, but to be on par with the other racers in the men’s A category, once the season gets rolling in March. Having just returned from a hard ride on familiar New England roads and Strava segments, I have reason to believe my visit to the Cycling House in Tucson did the trick.

My favorite ride of the week was Saguaro National Park

My favorite ride of the week was Saguaro National Park

My time at TCH was in one word, fabulous. I’ve never felt more pro in my life. I woke up every morning to an espresso machine ready to caffeinate me until steam started seeping from my ears, homemade granola made with love, a washed and folded kit, a tuned bike, and a planned route for the day. What is not to love?

During the rides with TCH there was something for everyone. Although I was among the faster ones in the group, the staff did a great job keeping the group together or providing alternative routes for faster and slower riders. Despite a wide spectrum of abilities there was a strong sense of community during and after the rides. This community feeling was further enhanced by the accommodations in the house. By sharing a house and eating together I got to know other campers and the staff in a very informal and relaxed way. This was a great way to exchange experiences and grow as a cyclist also while off the bike.

We had a crew that loved to ride but more importantly loved to have fun!

We had a crew that loved to ride but more importantly loved to have fun!

My favorite ride (yes, Mt. Lemmon was great, too) was probably this little loop inside Saguaro National Park. The staff described it as MTB for a road bike, and it is nothing less. An amazingly twisty and rolling loop with one-way traffic where you can speed by cactuses at 30+ mph. I’m sure this will do me well during the many criterium races this spring.

Our group at The Cycling House

Our group at The Cycling House

Although the rides were beautiful and the weather was everything I could have hoped for, two things that really stood out to me were the staff and the food. Never have I ever met such a friendly group of people that are 100% committed to make my time as great as possible and to let me to focus on nothing but my training. They even took out my plate after dinner! And what dinners! Zander was the cook in charge while I visited, and with each and every meal he hit the bulls eye of my taste buds. Everything was made from scratch and tasted of heaven.

Now that I’m back in the New Hampshire cold with only dull campus food to fuel my engine it is hard not to let the mind wander back to the sunny days in Tucson. If I ever get the chance again, I will not only let my mind wander back but take my body and bike with me, because this is something worth coming back for!

Another beautiful sunset at The Cycling House in Tucson

Another beautiful sunset at The Cycling House in Tucson

Before signing off, I would like to thank the Cycling House for giving me this opportunity. Second to time and weather, money is a major limitation to the training and racing of collegiate cyclists. Few schools provide economic support for cycling, as it remains a club sport in most places. My team and I are working hard to lower the financial barrier to the sport through solicitation letters and sponsorship deals. If it weren’t for the generosity of the American cycling community I would not be where I am today. Thank you, all of you! – Dartmouth Daniel

HED Ardennes vs. Ardennes PLUS

HED has come out with a 25mm plus version of their popular Ardennes line. Also coming out in the near future will be the 25mm plus version of the Jet. We’ve been fielding lots of questions on the differences between the normal and plus. We’ll try to answer some of the more popular questions here:

Cycling House HED WHEELS Review

If I’m running a 25 tire should I use the Plus?

You can run almost any tire on both these rims (even tubeless). In our opinion the ideal tire for both sets is a 23/25/28. For cross applications we like the plus a bit better. Since the Ardennes is not a true “aero” wheelset we don’t think it matters to get that super flush look with a 23 rim to 23 tire (25 rim to 25 tire). The one common denominator for both Ardennes types is that we wouldn’t use a tire smaller then 23. It kind of defeats the point of running a wider rim. If all you got is a 22 then roll with it, but your next set should be 23 or 25.

I don’t race, but I ride a ton and I want a wheel upgrade?

We like both the normal and plus versions. I think for hardcore recreational road riders the plus is a little bit of a group ride party favor. ”Hey look what I’ve got?!” We can feel differences between the regular and plus in handling situations (cx, tech road descents, gravel grinders). For the 50 mile group road ride, the benefits on paper would be better rolling resistance and the ability to run lower pressure. Are you going to feel that on the 50 miler? Most folks won’t in our opinion.

Buy some New HED Ardennes Wheels on our Store Here

What is the plus good for?

We think the plus version of the Ardennes are fantastic for gravel roads, criterium racing, and cyclocross racing. We also think they are a solid option for a do everything, racing, training wheelset. They are built tough. The wider rim spreads the tire out and allows for better cornering and handling. We’ve also sold a couple sets for light touring. Particularly the plus in a stallion build (20/28) is a great option for some light bicycle travel.

2014 Tour de Montana

Tour de montana

$1395  |  Tent Camping  |  July 14th – 20th, 2014  |  7 days, 6 nights

Back for it’s 2nd year, The Cycling House presents another epic Tour de Montana.  Seven days and six nights of beautiful alpine riding through rural Western Montana.  This is our annual tent camping point-to-point tour.

  • All inclusive point to point tour through rural Western Montana
  • Tent Camping
  • 6 nights, 7 days
  • 5 Mountain Passes
  • Cannondale Supersix bike rentals available
  • Come ride in our backyard!
  • 30 Rider Limit – Book Now
  • $1395
Tour de Montana

Refueling and recharging on the ride to Ovando, MT

Day 1 Missoula Arrival Ride
Arrive for tour, lunch, ride, dinner at Caffe Dolce.

Day 2 Missoula – Sula
We travel through the Bitterroot Valley with spectacular views of the highest point in the Bitterroot, Trapper Peak.  It’s the perfect first night kick off.  Riders will have a creek right out the back to cool the legs.  The day is almost entirely flat with minimal elevation gain

Day 3 Sula – Big Hole Valley
The climbing begins! Within the first hour of riding we’ll tackle Lost Trail Pass which is 6 miles and tops out at 7,000 feet. We descend into the Big Hole Valley, surrounded by four mountain ranges.

Tour de Montana 2014

Day 4 Big Hole Valley – Georgetown Lake
This route heads north and cuts through the heart of western Montana ranching and farming lands. We finish at Georgetown lake which greeted us last year with a moose at the campsite. She moved on and allowed us to stay the night

Day 5  Georgetown Lake – Ovando, MT
We start this day with a descent out of the mountains and back into the plains and farm land. This day has an amazing optional dirt section that is Montana’s version of a smooth (ish) Paris Roubaix section. In Ovando we get to checkout a staple Montana Bar with local brews and tasty whisky (optional)

Day 6 River float – Back to Missoula
Back to the Gue Farm for our final cookout, awards and bonfire!

Day 7 Departure Day

Hanging out around the fire after a big day of riding

Hanging out around the fire after a big day of riding

 

Tour de Montana - The Cycling house

All meals are included in the price of $1395.  Also, we will provide full ride support, luggage transportation and airport shuttles.  We have our Cannondale SuperSix road bikes for rental, $195 for the week.

The Cycling House is based out of Missoula, MT and most staffers call Missoula home.  We are excited to have you along for this Montana adventure.  The mileage and climbing will be challenging but the views are worth it.  Please call or email for questions and availability.

30 RIDER LIMIT! Contact Us to Book Now.

Tour de Montana - Cycling House

The food rivals the views at the Tour de Montana

  • All inclusive point to point tour through rural Western Montana
  • Tent Camping
  • 6 nights, 7 days
  • 5 Mountain Passes
  • Cannondale Supersix bike rentals available
  • Come ride in our backyard!
  • $1395

Cycling House Chefs | Winter Cycling Camp Recipes

This winter you’ll be getting a lot more tasty recipes from The Cycling House cycling and Tri camps in Tucson, AZ. We’ll keep you up to speed with weekly menu favorites from our camps.

Zander and Drew riding support on Mount Lemmon

Zander and Drew riding support on Mount Lemmon

Checkout some great pictures of the tasty food at our camps by visiting our instagram twitter and Facebook pages.

Happy New Years! 2014 here we come!

Staff Retreat

1st annual Cycling House staff retreat

As the upcoming Tucson training camp season approaches for us here at The Cycling House, I get excited every year to have the staff back together again. We’ve had some amazing months of camps in Spain and Italy this spring, our midwest camp in Wisconsin, the 1st annual Tour de Montana in July and our mountain bike camps in Montana and Colorado. On top of all of the work during the summer, most of the staff is off racing in their respective sports.  All of that traveling, riding and racing is super fun and exciting but it also makes it a challenge to keep in touch with our core TCH crew and best friends.

Morning trail running sessions helped start the day off right

Morning trail running sessions helped start the day off right

Post run

Post run. Zander and Logan (yellow lab) showing off their chest hair.

 

That’s why this year we decided to start the Tucson season off a little differently. Before our first camp of the Tucson season we organized our 1st annual staff retreat where the whole TCH full-time staff got together for a 3 day TCH extravaganza. We decided to do this retreat off-site and away from TCH so we didn’t have any distractions.

Riding as a group and spending time on the bike with each other helped us catchup on the past summer activities and hash out new plans for the future

Riding as a group and spending time on the bike with each other helped us catch up on the past summer’s activities and hash out new plans for the future

We found the funky old copper, gold and silver mining town of Bisbee, AZ to be the perfect location for our retreat. I knew of this place from racing the Vuelta de Bisbee 3 times in the early-mid 2000′s and Brendan had done a few tri training getaways there over the past few years. A town of 6000 residents, nestled in the Mule mountains just a few miles from the Mexican boarder. It’s only about 2 hours away from Tucson so we didn’t have to overdo it with planning and logistics. Once the dates were on the calendar I immediately rented a house and lined up staff travel plans.

The Cycling House Staff

The Cycling House Staff

TCH Retreat Roster (L-R)
Brendan Helping
Ian “the rookie” Mallams
Drew Peterson
Heidi Rentz
Zander Ault
Myself, Owen Gue
Shaun Radley

Sleep was at the bottom of the priority list on this trip. We were much more focused on learning from each other, getting outside to ride and run and also soak up the local flavor of Bisbee… which usually meant a late evening at the local watering holes.

The staff enjoying a beer at the Stock Exchange Saloon in downtown Bisbee.

The staff enjoying a beer at the Stock Exchange Saloon in downtown Bisbee.

This retreat brought us all closer together, taught us things we would have never learned on our own, and helped us all become more aligned with our goal of running the best cycling and triathlon camps in the world.

If you’re going to make it to one of our camps in Tucson this winter, we’d love to share more stories from this trip with you.

dialing in our dirt road riding skills with Brendan as the leader

dialing in our dirt road riding skills with Brendan as the leader

Posted by Owen Gue