Pro chef’s kitchen: Trek-Segafredo – Kim Rokkjaer (video)

Kim Rokkjaer reveals the secrets of what it is like to be a chef on a pro cycling team

The importance of nutrition within cycling is greater than ever, with the majority of professional outfits now hiring their own team chef for training camps and the biggest races of the season.

Ensuring that their riders are fully fuelled and recovered sufficiently, is one of Kim’s main jobs. Cooking delicious and nutritious food to a demanding selection of riders sometimes isn't as easy as it seems – just ask Jens Voigt about an incident with some snails…

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Some of the other riders that Rokkjaer has served up multiple cases of cycling cuisine for include Andy and Frank Schleck, Fabian Cancellara and this season Alberto Contador and John Degenkolb.

As well as being one of the biggest characters of Trek-Segafredo’s back room staff. He is now one of the most experienced chefs on the pro cycling circuit, with his role even leading to him driving the second team car at Paris-Roubaix.

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.