Food and Libations
At Bicycle Rides Northwest, we take food pretty seriously — meaning high quality and lots of it!
Over the years, we have learned that a hungry cyclist isn’t a very happy cyclist, and we want all of our guests to be happy. Providing a tasty variety of meals and snacks throughout the day is a big part of our job. Cycling is our favorite activity, but eating good, nutritious food is a close second, so we prepare only the best meals, snacks, drinks and desserts for our guests.
Our sole caterer is Catering Rides Northwest, headed up by chef Kim Conklin and crew, who only caters cycling events. It’s safe to say that they know how to feed hungry cyclists. Kim also works to incorporate local flavor whenever possible. We’ve had local guest chefs, baked goods and locally sourced food — one of the many perks of the bountiful Northwest.
Our menus do change and vary from one ride to the next, but you can check out a sample menu here.
Breakfasts are served each morning in the main dining area, buffet style. If you like having a big breakfast, we can fill you up, or for the lighter eaters, we have lighter fare like fruit and yogurt.
All breakfasts have a main course such as fresh daily scrambled eggs, casseroles, French toast, or breakfast burritos. Our vegetarian options may include entrees such as tofu scramble, vegetarian burritos, or falafel pie. Sometimes we are able to get a selection of local pastries or sweets and we always try to include steel cut oats, yogurt, and fruit with every breakfast.
Hot, fresh ground coffee from Strictly Organic Coffee in Bend is provided every morning, along with hot chocolate, milk, milk substitute, tea, cider and juice.
Because you’ll be spending most of the day on the route, you’ll enjoy long tables full of salty, sweet, savory and sour eats at our infamous rest stops. Fruits, vegetables, chips, dips, nuts, nut butters, spreads, crackers, chocolate, candies and everything in between, including gluten-free options. Our rest stop crew folks are gourmets-on-the-fly, preparing this awesome food throughout the day. We even provide baggies for you to fill for the next segment of the ride if you want a mid-route snack.
Water and electrolytes (we serve Gatorade) are available at the rest stops. If it’s chilly, we’ll provide hot drinks as well.
Rest stops are for grazing. No lines, no waiting, no specific portions. Just grab what you need, as much as you need when you need it and feel fueled up for the next 25 miles. And, oh yeah, you get two of these rest stops each day.
If you didn’t get enough at our rest stops, you can grab lunch when you finish the ride and arrive at Camp Central. Each day, we’ll have a lunch such as sandwiches, wraps, pizza, taco bar, salads, snacks and other great options, including gluten-free foods. And plenty of cold beverages to quench your thirst!
On some layover days, when we are in a town, we might send you out on your own for lunch so you can try a local brewpub or café in the area.
Dinners are where we all gather together to share stories, drink a beer, laugh and — well, eat more. Dinners are at 6 p.m. every evening and are served buffet style and enjoyed under our dining canopies. Our caterer, Catering Rides Northwest, does a superb job of providing the right mix of protein, carbs, and healthy goodness, topping it off with delicious desserts.
How about blackberry chipotle marinated smoked pork tenderloin with mashed red potatoes, salad and strawberry rhubarb crisp? Or alder smoked steelhead with wild rice and vegetable blend and cheesecake with raspberry coulis? Those are a few dinners that we have enjoyed on our rides!
All dinners also include milk, chocolate milk (a cycling favorite), decaf coffee, iced tea and hot tea.
We provide cold beer, both craft microbrews and lighter macrobrews, every afternoon and evening in Camp Central, free of additional charge. Non-alcoholic drinks include sodas, flavored and sparkling waters, juices and lemonade are available – and of course, plenty of water!