What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby auk929 » 5 Jun 2010, 10:33am

Have a good Breakfast! :D
Porrage, full Enlish, Toast with Marmalade etc,
Lucosade in the Bidon and stop for a light lunch, Pie, Sandwiches, etc.
Good luck with the ride!
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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby meic » 5 Jun 2010, 11:46am

JennyAdcock wrote:Thank you for the advice everyone, a good read all :lol:

I'm taking some tips away with me and hope I'll be able to keep up a steady pace for the Great Western Sportive.



I havent done a Sportif but I am led to believe that you will be given a plentiful supply of junk to eat while you are riding at the "Fuel Stops" (says it all really).
So it would be hard to have control of what you eat anyway.

As I value a healthy diet above a faster time, I would fail to partake of their chemical concoctions and stick to real food, carrying it myself if necessary.
I do believe they often offer bananas on Sportives which must be good for you, unfortunately I dont like them. :cry:
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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Jonty » 6 Jun 2010, 10:16am

Just eat and drink a lot of everything.
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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby thekelticfringe » 6 Jun 2010, 9:12pm

I did Newcastle to my house (near Glasgow, via Edinburgh), which turned out to be about 270 miles, over three days. The second day was windy too! Anyway, about the only thing I really tried was to eat slow release carbs - so big bowls of porridge or weetabix with brown sugar for breakfast, brown pasta and vegetable sauce for lunch and pretty much whatever I could get my hands on for dinner.

I drank plenty and took some 'Nuun' rehydration tabs with me which I tended to take in the evenings (before a beer so as not to guzzle it). They're great - all the electrolytes, none of the carbohydrates. I didn't really bother with food during the actual rides, although did stop one mid-morning at a cake shop.

Basically, tune in to your body, don't obsess over what you're eating and not eating and you'll be fine, I think.
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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby niggle » 6 Jun 2010, 10:51pm

Whilst you are worrying about food intake, don't overlook the importance of fluid intake. Sometimes I think I am hitting the 'bonk' then realise I am just plain thirsty and drinking a generous amount of water revitalises me (I only ever carry plain water on the bike). It seems to me my dry mouth thirst response can lag a bit when cycling in hot weather and I have to tune in to the other symptoms of dehydration and respond early.

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby CREPELLO » 6 Jun 2010, 10:53pm

The best nutrition? Known as Christmas cake at Christmas, but now available all year round in 'slab' (bar) form, it's rich moist fruit content certainly keeps me going for longer (think of the Duracell bunny powered on cake). OK, it's not the best Christmas cake, but out of all the regular cakes on offer (at £2 from Coop and Sainsbury's) it's my first choice. It is like having Christmas every day :wink:

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Goosey » 7 Jun 2010, 2:06pm

Eat before you get hungry, drink before you get thirsty.

It works for me.

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Nutsey » 7 Jun 2010, 8:46pm

Goosey wrote:Eat before you get hungry, drink before you get thirsty.

It works for me.


I just rode a spontanious extra 30 miles on my commute .. and almost perished in a ditch. My stomach cramped up, I felt weak, I was lost. I checked my bag - no food, and no bank card, and a measly £1 in it. :shock:

Then I had a bag of crisps and I was fine.

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Chris.City » 7 Jun 2010, 9:15pm

Malt Loaf, the food of sportive gods :)

Really just check out how many cals there are in a single brick of the stuff, perfect for a long ride.

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Nutsey » 7 Jun 2010, 9:24pm

Chris.City wrote:Malt Loaf, the food of sportive gods :)

Really just check out how many cals there are in a single brick of the stuff, perfect for a long ride.


But it perishes once opened?

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Chris.City » 7 Jun 2010, 9:35pm

It lasts a 60-100 mile day ride easily enough, opened in its wrapper, wrapped in film or in a food bag & a brick fits perfectly in one of your 3 cycling jersey rear pockets. Don't forget the Soreen...........

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby Nutsey » 9 Jun 2010, 9:17pm

I had 2 of my girlfriend's homebaked oaty cookies before my ride tonight. She is a good baker :D

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby PW » 9 Jun 2010, 9:25pm

Soreen lasts 2 or 3 days in a bar bag, I lived on it for a fortnight last summer riding home from JOG the long way round. :wink:
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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby pioneer » 10 Jun 2010, 8:45am

Jenny, haven't time to read through all the reponses,but here's my tip. When on a long ride (like the monster' we're doing this Sunday!), I munch on dried apricots. One about every half hour. They give off a slow release of energy. I only buy the cheap one's from Asda,Tesco or whatever, none of this health shop nonsense!

And have a jolly good feed before you set off. :D

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Re: What is the best nutrition for a 100 mile ride?

Postby thekelticfringe » 12 Jun 2010, 12:12pm

=1 for dried fruit - apricots, prunes, 'cherry and berry' mix (ASDA) etc, all great trail fodder. Apricots are also a good source of potassium, so that helps the electrolytes IIRC. And, as they say, prunes keep you going - although I'm not sure if that was to do with biking :shock:
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