Professional sprint cyclist Mark Cavendish, third all-time in Tour de France stage victories, stopped by Madera on Wednesday.
He wasn’t in town to show off the lightning-quick sprinting that has earned him fame as “the fastest man on two wheels” or even to talk about cycling; instead Cavendish stood among the pistachio trees of Madera grower Larry Lowder and got a lesson in how his favorite snack is grown.
“I eat pistachios all the time, I love them,” said the 28-year-old Cavendish, who has 25 Tour de France stage wins and has been clocked at nearly 50 mph on flat ground atop his custom bike. “I didn’t know anything about how it was grown and so it was really interesting to learn about that process.”
Last month, the British-native Cavendish endorsed U.S. pistachios as his “official snack” through a partnership with Fresno-based nonprofit trade organization American Pistachio Growers (APG)...