UPDATED May 20, 2014

BY Miles MacDonald

IN 7 Epics, Company

1 comment

UPDATED May 20, 2014

BY Miles MacDonald

IN 7 Epics, Company

1 comment

Top 10 Foods for Long Distance Cycling

1.    Spaghetti Bolognese

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A cyclist on their bikes all day should shed tears of joy onto their plate when served Spaghetti Bolognese.  Beautiful, majestic and heart-warming.  I’m going to cry just thinking about it.

2.    Oatmeal

Oatmeal with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar

I can see already some past TDA riders being upset with this one.  Too bad.  It’s the best thing you can put in your body at 6:00am before the big ride.  It turns your stomach into a diesel engine.  Perfect!

3.    Bratwurst and Beer

first beers after Sudan

Officially beer isn’t part of a food group, but you can’t eat Bratwurst without it so it’s included here.  Anyone who’s ridden the OE knows the little shacks along the Danube where Bratwurst grows like grass in the spring.

4.    Bananas


Though bananas won’t make you any smarter, they do pack nicely in a jersey pocket.  Proven energy food for approximately 30 million years of monkey existence.

5.    Risotto

Do you have anything smaller

Wild mushrooms, butternut squash, saffron; whatever goes inside is just a bonus.  Risotto is sticky but in your belly it comes undone and travels up your bloodstream to massage those aching muscles.

6.    Fries


Some nutritionists may not agree but they are overpaid and underfed.  Whenever you have a chance stop at a fry place and devour what you can.  If you’re lucky enough to be in Tanzania then get the Chips Mayai; an egg and fry omelette.

7.    Barbecue


A barbecue is not a food but eating whatever is on one makes the list.  Whether chewing on a sheep’s jaw bone or tasting grilled eggplant, those hot coals work wonders on the simplest of ingredients.

8.    Kebab

and the rat likes watermelon

Kebab, or his best friend Doner, for the long-distance cyclist is best wrapped in a fresh warm pita.  Cyclists are fast and sometimes they need fast food and there isn’t any other option worth considering.

9.    Injera


You’re stomach is only a baby until you have tried the delectable cuisine of Ethiopia and it’s centerpiece, Injera.  Though the sudden metamorphosis some westerner’s stomachs undergo following ingestion can be disturbing to those around them, they will have power for the hills like they never had before.  And this food will make you smarter.

10.    Spaghetti Bolognese

Ralph Likes Pasta

Spaghetti begins and ends the list and it is the matter which holds all food together, without spaghetti there would be no food and no list.

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1 Comment for "Top 10 Foods for Long Distance Cycling"

Great tips! But here is more Foods for Long Distance Cycling:

Sardines: “They’re a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids,” says Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Omega-3s not only fend off ills like heart disease and cancer, but they may also increase fat-burning ability by improving blood flow to working muscles, according to some research.

Jerky and Dried Sausage: Because it’s cured, such outdoorsman fare is safe at any temperature. A single serving supplies 14 grams of protein and a heaping dose of sodium (500 to 600mg), which may be exactly what you need duing a long, sweaty event.

Peanut Butter: This nutty classic brims with the same healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that peanut-butter-rich diets help control body weight, lower bad cholesterol and prevent heart disease. On long rides, pocket graham-cracker and peanut-butter sandwiches for steady, long-lasting energy.

Potato Chips: Because they’re made from potatoes, chips provide about 15 grams of carbs per serving, and they satisfy two long-distance cravings–salt and fat. Stick to a small bag so you don’t overdo the unhealthy saturated fat.

Eggs: “Eggs are an excellent source of protein,” says Bonci, but beware of hard-boiled eggs left at room temperature. “Nothing says ‘time to quit’ like a nice bout of salmonella,” she says. Eat them chilled, purchase them along the way, or forget them.

Spam “It’s really high in fat,” says Bonci. In fact, it’s stuffed with 15 grams of total fat and 6 grams of saturated (bad) fat per two-ounce slice. “Even though fat can be a fuel source for endurance events, you still need enough carbs to balance it out,” she says. So if you must eat Spam, add crackers.

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