CLIF CampoVelo Returns for the 4th Year, May 1-3, 2020
Three Days of Cycling, Food and Libations in Napa Valley
Chef Chris Cosentino gathers cyclist, chef, winemaker, & brewmaster friends for fun and fundraising with special guest Greg LeMond
Saint Helena, Calif. (January 29, 2020) – The fourth annual CLIF CampoVelo will take place May 1-3, 2020 in Napa Valley. The annual event combines world class cycling, wellness, cuisine, libations, and fundraising into a unique three-day experience in the heart of America’s preeminent wine growing region. With cyclists and foodies arriving from around the country for a “leave the kids at home” destination Napa Valley weekend, this year, CampoVelo will celebrate all things electric: bikes, cars, and cooking.
In 2020, CampoVelo will highlight off-the-beaten path and intimate cycling adventures, explore e-bikes and the integration of technology in training, and offer hands-on culinary and wellness demonstrations that enhance both human and environmental longevity.
Title sponsor, Clif Bar & Company, returns this year along with Clif Family Winery, Colavita, First Republic Bank, Giant & Liv, with a welcome to new partners; global cycling apparel brand ASSOS, Rivian, the emissions-free Electric Adventure vehicle, and Wahoo, the global leader in smart training.
CampoVelo is also thrilled to announce that Greg LeMond will be joining for the weekend. LeMond is considered the only American to win the Tour de France, and who is being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, one of North America's two highest civilian honors, the other being the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The bill was summited by California Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) “to award a Congressional Gold Medal to LeMond in recognition of his service to the United States as an athlete, activist, role model, and community leader.” Congressman Thompson is also an avid cyclist and participant at CampoVelo.
“Each year, we strive to partner with both people and brands that speak to our mission to provide guests with the ultimate weekend of cycling coupled with premium products and services to give them new and distinctive experiences. This year, we are focusing on tech in sport. Our guests will be exposed to the latest tech products and will get a front row view of how technology is changing how we ride a bike, cook, and make wine,” says CampoVelo co-founder Rebecca Kotch of Ride Napa Valley.
Co-founder Chef Cosentino added, “We’ve become known as the premiere ‘foodie fondo,’ sharing incredible chef demos and dishes that feature really good, healthy food that speaks to the changing habits of our guests—we’ve seen an increase in vegetarians and vegans. And yes, even this snout-to-tail loving chef is evolving as well! I am now deep in food planning for our special guest, LeMond, who also will be on the culinary stage with me as my sous chef!”
By blending the best of the food and beverage world with cycling, hiking, and yoga, CampoVelo has become an annual highlight for both locals and visitors alike. Over the course of the weekend, an array of featured guests, including Team CLIF BAR Cycling, will lead attendees in a myriad of activities designed to support and promote CampoVelo’s deserving beneficiaries. Hotel partners include Calistoga Motor Lodge and Cottage Grove Inn.
Each morning, featured guests will accompany the participants in cycling adventures throughout the vineyard valleys and winery hillsides including a ladies-only ride, called “Gals Gone Riding,” or “The Espresso Train” ride with professional triathlete Andrew Talansky for those looking for speed, or an “off the beaten path” ride with Clif Family’s Chef John McConnell. After hours of exploring the great outdoors on two-wheels or two-feet, Cosentino and friends will wow guests with five-star meals, chef demos, workshops, and a “Name that Price” wine session led by Heitz Cellars CEO and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy.
The weekend culminates at The Ranch Winery in St Helena. Guests will start the day with the BIG Breakfast, followed by the BIG Ride—gran fondo style with three route options (35/50/80 miles). The ultimate post-ride CampoVelo finale is the BIG Feast with a menu curated by Cosentino and his chef friends, pizza by Colavita, wines by rockstar producers Vineyard 29, Whitehall Lane Winery, and O’Brien Estates, beers by origin beermaker Mad Fritz and Northern California’s Sierra Nevada, and sweets from Kollar Chocolates and Kara’s Cupcakes.
Day and Weekender Passes range from $200- $545.
For more information, the full weekend itinerary, and to register visit www.campovelo.com.
CampoVelo 2020 Featured Guests
Chris Cosentino, Acacia House, Cockscomb, Jackrabbit
Matt Jennings, Full Heart Hospitality
Chris Kollar, Kollar Chocolates
Kara Lind, Kara’s Cupcakes
Jeff Mahin, Stella Barra Pizzeria, M Street Kitchen, Do-Rite Donuts, Summer House Santa Monica
John McConnell, Clif Family
Lachlan Patterson, Frasca Food & Wine, Pizzeria Locale
Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, RANGE, AGGIO, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House
Laura Barrett, Winemaker, Clif Family Winery
Carlton McCoy, CEO Heitz Cellars, Master Sommelier
Nile Zacherle, Brewmaster, Mad Fritz, and Winemaker, Zacherle Wines, David Arthur Vineyards, and Montagna
Cyclists / Athletes
Serena Bishop Gordon, professional XC mountain biker/cyclocross racer, Giant & Liv Co-Factory
Lauren Hall, pro-cyclist
Yuri Hauswald, mountain bike racer and Dirty Kanza 200 winner
Greg LeMond, 2X winner of the Road Race World Championship, 3X winner of the Tour de France
Adam Pulford, athlete – coach, Carmichael Training Systems
Bob Roll, former pro-cyclist, author and broadcast personality
Andrew Talansky, former pro-cyclist, triathlete
About CampoVelo Napa Valley
CampoVelo Napa Valley, hosted by Chef Chris Cosentino and produced by Ride Napa Valley, is an annual three-day weekend blending the best of the culinary, cycling, and wellness worlds. Cosentino, along with twenty other chefs, pro-cyclists, winemakers, and other notable people lead the weekend in a myriad of activities designed to support local and national non-profit organizations including the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition and Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry.
About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company crafts foods with purpose for people and the planet, including CLIF® BAR®, CLIF Kid®, and LUNA® brands. That’s why we prioritize organic, plant-based ingredients and sustainable sourcing standards to create wholesome foods that energize any moment. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit www.clifbar.com, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clifbar and follow us at www.twitter.com/clifbar and www.instagram.com/clifbar.
About Ride Napa Valley
Ride Napa Valley is a full service event production company focused on custom cycling, wellness and culinary events all in support of non-profit organizations. Visit: www.RideNapaValley.com