Ask endurance riders what’s the hardest part of riding for 12 or more consecutive hours and they will all tell you the same thing: nutrition. I’ve been an adventure racer and a long-distance mountain biker for the past 10 years. Along the way, my race meals have consisted of everything from Twizzlers and Coke (not recommended), to Denny’s (also not recommended), to countless gels, bars and chews.
After suffering severe stomach distress and cramping one too many times during the Leadville 100 and other endurance cycling events from ingesting an array of today’s energy fuels (read: gels, chews, powders, pills, and potions), Stanford grad Jeff Vierling decided to concoct his own race nutrition solution—in his very own kitchen in Durango, Colo.
By Roanne Houck
There are many natural and effective ways to increase your body’s production of anti-inflammatory agents, while decreasing systemic inflammation. The foundation of good health should start with a nutrient-dense diet. Foods that are especially high in naturally occurring anti-inflammatory ingredients, and other good nutrients, are those with bright or rich colors and those with essential fatty acids, especially those that contain the omega 3 oils.
In skiing it’s called the “yard sale.” In climbing, the “whipper.” Mountain biking has its own compendium of words for a fall: endo, auger, corndog, soil sample, blood donor, captain crash…. No matter how catchy the term, wrecking never comes easy.
I remember being young and naïve (some would say I still am), thinking that I could survive an entire XC race fueled by one water bottle and one gel packet. After learning the hard way numerous times—bonking in the worst possible places and DNFing on more than one occasion—I have learned you need calories during an endurance event, no matter the length.
A Review of the Latest Addition to the Cyclo-Core Lineup
By Joshua Liberles
Cyclo-Fuel is the latest installment in the Cyclo-Core series of DVDs and CDs created by fitness specialist Graeme Street.
Feeling like you’re pulling a loaded keg behind your bike when riding at high elevations? It’s not just your imagination – it’s your body having trouble adjusting to the altitude. This is not news to most people but what is news is that there’s a sports drink out there that can help. Acli-mate is a complete electrolyte replacement drink that also includes herbs to help you adjust to high elevations more quickly.