Plant-based: Talking Diet and Cycling with Karl Hoppner

It’s been over a decade now since I adopted a vegan diet, and it’s now so ‘normal’ I barely give it any thought. There are so many fantastic resources and products available, there is no struggle to ‘get enough protein’ or anything else required to ride bikes long and hard. As a parent of two, my wife, Danielle, and I have found raising our kids on a plant-based diet hasn’t been particularly difficult, but has instead opened up a lot of opportunities to have conversations about food, where it comes from, and what it means to be a global citizen. From a performance perspective, I’ve found that the ‘closer to the ground’ I eat, the better I feel, so vegan ‘meat replacements’ don’t occupy much room in our fridge. When I don’t have time or inclination to make my own gels and ride food, I really appreciate being able to use the Vega products that are now widely available. When I do have time to try something new, their recipes are delicious. Being an vegan athlete has never been so easy.

Karl Hoppner is a more recent plant-based convert, and he’s been active in the vegan community of late, sharing what he’s learned about nutrition and endurance sport. He’s launched a series of videos under the Vegan Eats Ottawa umbrella, profiling local plant-based athletes, and I recently┬áhad the honour of being the first interviewee. I think a lot of locals will recognize where we were!