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Athletes Powered by Protein

Endurance, grit, toughness, tenacity—our sponsored athletes inspire us to play hard, work our asses off and go out and do our very best, ’cause they are doing the same.

Greg Lutzka, Skateboarder: Skating His Way To The Top

Street Skateboarding

Starting at age 8 and turning pro skateboarder at age 16, Greg Lutzka has become a top name in street skateboarding. He has racked up 24 first place/gold medalist awards including winning the world’s largest purse prize at The Money Maloof Cup in New York City.

Greg has a passion for traveling, learning and self-growth. He encourages positivity in his every-day life and emphasizes giving back to the community. When asked what inspires Greg, he replied, “People uplifting people in life.”

Greg’s Go-To Tender Belly Treat:

Baby Back Ribs

Photo of    Street Skateboarding  Greg Lutzka, Skateboarder: Skating His Way To The Top
Photo of    Skateboarder  Dave Bachinsky, Skateboarder: El Toro Skateboarder

Dave Bachinsky, Skateboarder: El Toro Skateboarder


Dave Bachinsky got his start in skateboarding at just two years old when his uncle gave him his first skateboard. He turned pro at age 16 and from there, the rest is history. Dave’s biggest accomplishment is kickflipping the infamous 20-stair El Toro.

Dave’s Go To Snack:

Any Tender Belly Bacon!

Nolan Payne

Kart Racer

This 13 year old CO native has been racing competitive go-karts for 3 years. Not only does he have several outdoor IKF sanctioned podium finishes, he also holds the Unser Racing Junior & Adult record at 29.042 seconds.

Speeds over 60 Miles-Per-Hour while pulling over 3G of lateral forces take a toll on the body! “Tender Belly gives me long lasting energy and protein to power me through the weekend races!”

Nolan’s favorite post-race protein:

Sliced Slab Tender Belly Bacon

Photo of    Kart Racer  Nolan Payne

Mark Carter


Few men can flip calves and ride horses as gracefully as they can flip tricks and ride mountains. Raised on a Wyoming cattle ranch, Mark learned true grit from a young age and brings it to his snowboarding.

From big, sketchy lines to massive cheese wedges, Mark approaches the backcountry with an irreplaceable devil-may-care attitude that sets him apart from the herd.


Berkshire Pork Tenderloin

Todd Ligare

Professional Skier

Park City native, Todd Ligare, has been skiing since he was three years old. A self-proclaimed “wanderer,” Todd is known for his unique riding style with appearances in some of our favorite ski videos from Teton Gravity Research.

Todd is also a two-time Freeskier Magazine - Skier of the Year nominee and a NCAA National Champion.

Todd Crushes the Munchies with:

Bacon of the Month Club

Photo of    Professional Skier  Todd Ligare
Photo of    Professional Mountain Climber  Sean Swarner

Sean Swarner

Professional Mountain Climber

Sean, a cancer survivor, overcame a prognosis of fourteen days to live and a year-long medically induced coma to deft human limits and summit Mt. Everest with only one functioning lung. He’s the only person in history to accomplish this feat.

Now an author and speaker, Sean has been recognized as one of the 8 Most Inspirational People in the World.

Sean Brings to Base Camp:

Tender Belly Maple Cured Bacon

Andrew Fraser

Sky Diver & Base Jumper

Andrew is a mindful yogi and highly present dude, but rarely found sitting still. With an insatiable love for all four elements and seasons, Andrew is a man in motion, carving deep powder turns mid-winter, scrambling airy Rocky Mountain knife ridges by summer, and flirting with human-powered flight when the billowing clouds are just right.

Andrew Stays Fueled with:

Berkshire Pork Tenderloin

Photo of    Sky Diver & Base Jumper  Andrew Fraser
Photo of    Skier  Julian Carr

Julian Carr


Widely recognized for the biggest airs in skiing, Julian Carr has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, developing a reputation not only for big airs, but for all around skiing. He’s received a ‘Photo of the Year’ award, #3 in Reader’s Poll from Powder Magazine, won the prestigious Sickbird Award on the Freeskiing World Tour, and he holds two world records in cliff height. Julian serves as an ambassador for Protect Our Winters (POW), and he’s the founder of Discrete Clothing. Most recently, Julian founded a mountain running series, the Cirque Series, which is in its fourth season.

Julian’s Favorite Tender Belly Treat:

Habanero Bacon

Colorado High School Cycling

Cycling Association

The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an affiliate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). The League is an exceptional way for high school students to develop a healthy lifestyle and explore the sport. Often League racers participate in collegiate cycling and national and international competition. Several NICA alumni athletes are now racing on professional teams, employed in the cycling industry, and becoming community leaders.

These kids love:

Spiral Cut Uncured Ham

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Photo of    Mounted Archer  Erin Troyk

Erin Troyk

Mounted Archer

A member of the elite Desert Warriors mounted archery team from Scottsdale, AZ, Erin is quickly taking the sport by storm, earning first place in her division at the August 2018 American Mounted Archers competition.

Erin’s Favorite Tender Belly Treat:

Tender Belly Bone in Pork Chop

Josh Cassaday

Professional Long Drive Golfer

With club head speeds well over 150 MPH and a career longest drive of 448 yards, Josh is ranked inside the Top 40 in the world. He has qualified for three straight World Championships.

What you don’t know… Josh is a former Division 1 college basketball player who never even played college golf. As he would say, “ I can just hit the SNOT out of a golf ball!”

Always in the bag:

Tender Belly Bone in Pork Chop

Photo of    Professional Long Drive Golfer  Josh Cassaday
Photo of    PROFESSIONAL SKIER  Dash Longe

Dash Longe


Dash is a professional skier, recognized for a smooth style, penchant for big air and eagerness to travel to all corners of the globe. He was nominated for Best Male Performance of 2013 at the Powder Awards and is currently in his tenth season as a TGR athlete.


Tender Belly Habañero Maple Bacon

Ben Hoffman


Ben was first exposed to the triathalon at the University of Montana in Missoula and quickly rose to the top of the ranks at the collegiate level.

Since turning pro in 2007, Ben has become a 4-time Ironman Champion, 4-time Ironman 70.3 Champion, as well as Xterra and Rev3 Champion.


Sliced Slab Tender Belly Bacon