If you want to go for long bike rides or if you train regularly then you are going to need fuel. Here are our tips for getting your cycling nutrition strategy right.
Ex-Professional cyclists Dan Lloyd and Matt Stephens explain when and how to eat when out cycling. It's not as simple as it would possibly seem! The guys explain the two key considerations for your cycling nutrition strategy – Timing and Terrain.
Timing can be made simple. If you're riding for more than an hour or an hour and a half, you will need to eat. Any less, you can probably do without. Use your training rides to work on a timing strategy that works for you. Some of us will need to eat more often when we're cycling, others might not need to eat so regularly on the bike.
Terrain, again, can be made simple. Ask yourself: Is it difficult or dangerous to take my hands off the handlebars to eat here? If the answer is yes, then the terrain isn't quite right. If the answer is no, then you'll probably be OK to eat while you're cycling along.
One thing that we need to emphasise is that it is OK to stop cycling to eat and that you shouldn't attempt to ride without your hands on your handlebars if that's illegal where you live.