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Need advice on nutrition for road riding?(6 posts)

Need advice on nutrition for road riding?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 9, 2001 5:28 PM
I am planning on doing a tour across the state I live in in a month. I am trying to figure out what type of nutrition should I eat when I am doing some road rides. I have tried Cliff bars and it only gives me the energy to finish the ride, but it didn't taste good. I need some advice on nutrition ,please
Eat foodKerry Irons
Aug 12, 2001 11:44 AM
If your goal is to cover the maximum distance in the minimum time, you need to think about how to eat on the bike. Things like dried fruit, fig bars, salted nuts, etc. work well for that as they are calorie dense and easy to carry. Energy bars, energy/electrolyte drinks, etc. do not offer any nutritional or performance benefit compared to food, although some people find they are easier to deal with. YMMV. If you are not trying to maximize speed, then eat when you take breaks (every 1-2 hours, depending on your conditioning). PB&Js, fruit, nuts/seeds, tuna fish, chicken, turkey, cheese, etc. work fine and give you a balanced diet. If you are doing big miles and carrying your gear, then you will need to eat a lot, so it's relatively easy to get all the vitamins & minerals you need unless you do all your dining at fast food places. Without more specifics on your ride, it's hard to give you more information.
Eat foodflyinbowlof milk
Aug 12, 2001 4:29 PM
I am thinking about doing the Cycle North Carolina 2001 in North carolina. I was asking about the Cliff bar and other things ,because of that Ride in Oct. I have had Cliff bar before when I was doing a local Ride by mysel and with a group,and I only got the energy to get back to the starting point. And Now that I want to do the Cycle North Carolina this year I was wondering What should Itry to eat to give me energy as I start trianing.
It's simple, a good balanced diet.Taylor_A
Aug 13, 2001 8:26 AM
A good balanced diet will help your training tremendously. If you are serious about training, you should be serious about your diet.

As for food while riding, my preference is fig newtons. You can buy the small packages that will easily fit in your pocket. I think they are much easier to stomach than powerbars and such. I like to eat a PB&J about 30 minutes before my ride, this will stick with you for quite a while.

You will just have to experiment until you find what is best for you.
It's simple, a good balanced diet.flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 26, 2001 4:58 PM
thanks for the advice. the PBJ worked good on my solo ride today. and I had a grilled cheese before my ride yesterday.So far it has work very good.
Pop Tartswink
Aug 13, 2001 5:44 PM
I have great success with Pop Tarts, loaded with carbs and sugars (fuel) easy to carry in your back pockets, taste a lot better then - so called energy bars and cost less......well they work for me fellas!