SIS - Cycling Nutrition 101

SIS - Cycling Nutrition 101

Introduction to Cycling Nutrition

Nutrition is a pivotal aspect of cycling, impacting your performance and overall experience. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, understanding and implementing the basics of fueling, hydration, and recovery can significantly enhance your rides and help you avoid the dreaded bonk.

Hydration: The Foundation of Cycling Performance

  • Daily Hydration: Aim for 2.5 - 3.5 liters of water daily. This requirement increases on training and race days due to fluid and salt lost through sweat.

  • Pre-Ride Hydration: Drink 500 – 1000ml of fluid 2-3 hours before riding. GO Electrolyte or GO Hydro can help increase fluid retention.

  • During the Ride: Aim to lose no more than 2-3% of your body mass. Drink approximately 500ml of fluid per hour, adjusting for weather conditions. GO Electrolyte is ideal for longer rides, while GO Hydro suits shorter rides.

    Fueling: Powering Your Ride

  • Carbohydrate Needs: Carbs are your primary fuel source at high intensity. The longer or more intense the ride, the more carbs you need before and during.

  • Pre-Ride Fueling: For long rides, consume at least 8g/kg of carbohydrates in the 24 hours prior. Include a carb-rich meal about 3 hours before riding and a carbohydrate snack like a Go Energy Bake 30 minutes prior.

  • During the Ride: Consume 60g of carbohydrate every hour. Mix solid foods and gels, focusing on solids earlier and gels later in the ride.

    Recovery: The Three Rs

  • Rehydrate: Replace 150% of the fluid volume lost through sweating post-ride.

  • Refuel: Replenish carbohydrate stores with 1.2 g/kg of carbohydrates every 3 hours for the next 12 hours.

  • Rebuild: Aim for at least 1.5g/kg of protein daily, especially after a ride. REGO+ shakes and protein-rich meals like Spaghetti Bolognese can aid in muscle repair.

    Key Takeaways for Cyclists

  • Understand and Prioritise Nutrition: Grasping the basics of hydration, fueling, and recovery is crucial for cycling performance.

  • Customise Your Nutrition Strategy: Tailor your nutrition to the demands of your rides and personal needs.

  • Consistency is Key: Maintain a consistent approach to nutrition, both on and off the bike, for continuous improvement and enjoyment.

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