19 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Cycling Nutritional Ideas

eoGEAR Fuel Box holds mixed nuts or six fig newtons perfectly.

eoGEAR Fuel Box holds mixed nuts or six fig newtons perfectly.

Despite that I sell “tech” bike food on my site, I frequently get tired of it on long rides (300K +). I consequently designed a top tube bag that enables me to have food conveniently in front of me, w/o the need of reaching back to my jersey pocket (which is frequently covered with a jacket during all night brevets anyway). I also have a “mini food box” insert, which I place inside this bag for real food.

My new favorite cycling food, which sustained me through my last ”straight through” 600K, is steamed red potatoes. I add a salt and pepper and quarter them with the skins left on. I also supplement this with Perpeteum or Accerlade as the potatoes provide lots of carbs, but little or no protein. I also like PB&Js a lot, but they dry out quickly when I have them in my top tube bag so I sometimes put peanut butter inside a rolled up flour tortilla. Fig newtons are also one of one of favorites. A recent article in Bicycling Magazine endorsed these as the best pick for convenience store choices.

I think my favorite “provided” food is the soon-to-be world-famous tortilla wraps provided by Susan Plonsky (RUSA RBA, Ariz. ~ 2012). Those are worth the 10-hour drive to Arizona! (Ham and/or turkey, cheese and a little potato salad in them along with other secret ingredients that she is always changing so I can’t copy the recipe).

As far as tech foods go, I like Cliff Bloks (carbs only) and also the new Clif Roks, which are laced with some protein. I usually have two “water” bottles on my bike, one with water with an electrolyte additive (Elete brand in liquid form) and the other with a flavored sport drink like Perpeteum (also adding Elete to it, as oddly enough, Perp. has little or no electrolytes) or Cytomax sports drink (no need to add Elete).

I have a weakness for pastries, so at convenience stores, I usually go for a donut, muffin, sweet roll or a packaged danish, but I have heard that after three hours of endurance activity, one needs to start ingesting more protein, not just carbs. Sometimes I get a small sub sandwich with lean protein, like ham or turkey, in an effort to get some protein into my system. I also do mixed nuts combined with other small things like Peanut M&Ms. I always bring my own Heed or Accerlade powdered mix, pre-measured in small Zip-Loc bags and mix with the water from the c-store fountain.

> Richard (this is a copy of an e-mail I posted on a Randonneuring forum, Feb. 2011)

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