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WOK TO WALK
Why in the world would you want fresh noodles or ramen in Spain or France. Because they are so good and once you’ve learned to appreciate noodles stir-fried with vegetables and sauces, it’s hard not to go back to this ultimate comfort food when you are missing home. Truth be told, we ate here more than once in Barcelona and maybe at least once in Toulouse this summer, but who’s counting? Fast, affordable and portable—especially if you want to sit in a park and people watch or take a short nap (naps are okay when you’re in Europe). woktowalk.com
THE NEW OPTYGEN HP
Already fans of Optygen, we’re happy to inform you that First Endurance has launched an improved version based on input from its athletes around the world: The new OptygenHP includes Ashwagandha to modulate cortisol, improve power, and enhance VO2 Max, along with Rhodiola and Cordyceps to improve aerobic performance. Each serving of OptygenHP also delivers 1,500mg of Beta-Alanine to improve strength and enhance exercise capacity. Time to get a 120-capsule jar for $76; firstendurance.com
CAMPER HOTEL BARCELONA
We recently enjoyed an extra night in Barcelona after a great GT Grade launch in nearby Girona and discovered this cool hotel in the Raval neighborhood, a two-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya. The location is great and the hotel has a 24-hour snack bar with everything you will need. Your stay also includes a made-to-order breakfast and a great rooftop honor bar that’s secluded and quiet and offers rooftop views of Barcelona. Guests get a discount code to any of the many Camper shoe stores in case you are obsessed with their shoes. casacamper.com
ZILFER CYCLING WALLET
From Sydney, Australia, the designers at Zilfer reached out and sent us a sample of their new riding wallet. We love it. It has become our goto riding wallet and occasionally doubles as our travel wallet. The Zilfer Ride Wallet is durable, water-resistant, carries your phone, cards and cash, looks cool and fits in your jersey. We are trying to convince them to make us a limitedrun Peloton version. In the meantime, pick one up for $65; zilfer.com
ESPRESSO MAFIA GIRONA
We had read about this coffee shop (or maybe Augustus Farmer told us about it), but we finally got to the Spanish city and were not disappointed. Espresso Mafia Girona made possibly the greatest flat white we have ever had out of a cycling-crazy Rocket Espresso custom machine. Get there. espressomafia.com
From issue 88.