Hydration and nutrition are critical to the success of any big ride or Gran Fondo event as cycling nutritionist Dr Gemma Sampson explains here.
You have been carefully ticking off each session on your training plan for months to build endurance, speed, increase your FTP and ensure you get to the start line of your Gran Fondo in peak condition. But have you put the same time, thought and training into your race nutrition?
It continues to amaze me how frequently cyclists focus all their energy and attention on meticulously completing every training session and perfecting their bike set-up with all the latest gear without putting a second thought into what nutrition is going to fuel their performance. Without the right fuel, that training could all go to waste.
Whether you are aiming for the podium, a personal best or simply just want to finish a Gran Fondo distance in one piece, what you eat the day before and during can have a HUGE impact on your performance.
Create And Test Your Nutrition Plan In Advance
Events can be stressful enough without worrying over what and when to eat—having your nutrition plan sorted means one less thing to think about so you can focus on riding your best.
Testing out your race day nutrition plan in advance gives you time to discover what does and doesn’t work for you. This goes beyond the actual food and fluid consumed, but also takes into account the practical elements of carrying, opening and consuming […]