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Essential nutrition for cyclists

Whether you are cycling in your first event or your hundredth, the correct diet is essential not only for peak performance and rapid recovery, but also for maintaining good health and preventing injury.

This section explains a number of key nutritional concepts and provides advice on what to eat, what not to eat and when to eat.

Essential Nutrition for Cyclists

If you’ve decided to take up the challenge and cycle for charity, you need to ensure that you are fueling your body with the right food. Proper nutrition and hydration could be the difference between a personal best and failing to finish, or between excellent health and injury.

You don’t need to be a rocket science to understand the basics, but it’s important that you know how much carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water your body requires when you start any training programme. This will help provide you with the knowledge of what a balanced diet should look like and any of the warning signs that come with the fatigue of training.

Carbohydrates

Protein

Fat

Vitamins

Minerals

Water

A Balanced Diet