There are plenty of great options for food throughout the event. The region is known for its paddock-to-plate philosophy and its crafty beers. In fact, you can take advantage of the local food, pubs, and cafes and “eat out” on gourmet food the entire race.
There will be hot water available at the Camps if you want to cook up some noodles or need a hot brew.
Breakfast is BYO. There is a camp kitchen at each location with kettles and washing-up facilities. The camp store has some basic cereal/ muesli available for purchase.
There will be a coffee van though at the campsite each morning.
The vast majority of participants will be out riding in the middle of the day so make sure you pack some snacks for the ride. The aid stations along each day’s stage will have a selection of fruit and small snacks for riders. When you get to the finish line each day there will be local cafes that would love your support, so don’t forget to put a card or some cash in your pocket.
You are welcome to enjoy some of the best local cuisines right at the campsites each night.
Night 1 & 2 – Branxholm (small town) – There will be a small selection of food trucks at the social hub. Alternately, it is a short stroll into Branxholm town centre. Try out the Tuscan Fox Woodfire Pizza, Casa Pinocchio Pasta/pizza, Branxholm Pub/Hotel, or the Tin Timbers cafe. Branxholm also has a small IGA (supermarket). At the end of day 1 riding in Derby, there are also a number of restaurants/ pubs there for a meal before you head back out to Branxholm.
Night 3 & 4 – St Helens – Jump on your bike for a short cruise into town where there are plentiful pickings to be had. Everything from a funky beer garden with Vietnamese tacos, to restaurants like Raida with modern Japanese cuisine, to a selection of pubs with hearty meals. You can’t leave St Helens without trying the scallops…. Alternately the campsite will have a food truck or two, so grab a chair by a campfire and settle in for the evening.
BYO Dinners – You are welcome to bring your own dinners and prepare these at the Race Camps. There are kettles for boiling water and a washing-up area and limited cooking facilities and utensils. If you are planning to cook your own meals ensure to bring your own camping stove and pots. You can pre-order a gas canister for your stove with your entry if you’re flying in and collect this at registration.
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