How We Got Started
It began with a 175-mile bicycle ride
Clif Bar is named after my father, Clifford, my childhood hero and companion throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1990, I lived in a garage with my dog, skis, climbing gear, bicycle and two trumpets.
The inspiration to create an energy bar occurred during a day-long, 175-mile bike ride with my buddy Jay. We’d been gnawing on some “other” energy bars all day. Suddenly, despite my hunger, I couldn’t take another bite. I thought, “ I could make a better bar than this!” That’s the moment I now call “The Epiphany.”
Two years later, after countless hours in mom’s kitchen, the CLIF Bar became a reality. And the mission to create a better-tasting energy bar was accomplished. Thanks, Mom! – Gary Erickson
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