Find the right fuel for riding farther
Tips for Eating
Right on the Ride
Not eating on a ride is possibly one of the biggest mistakes a rider can make. Sure, last night’s steak or large pizza can give you fuel for a long day in the saddle, but riders need
to be more aware of how to replace what their bodies are using.
There are various factors that can affect how many calories a rider
should consume, ranging from exertion level to the length of the
ride. There is even a difference in the type of calories that a rider
should be taking in. This isn’t exact science, but this is a guide to
get you to start thinking about what you should eat on the trail.
DETERMINE THE RIDE
Some of us here at Mountain Bike Action are diligent ride
planners who know exactly how far we are going and how long it
should take so we can be properly prepared with the right amount
of food. The length of your ride will determine how much food
you should plan on bringing. Depending on your fitness level, you
should consume 250–300 calories per hour for rides that will last
longer than two hours. Rides under the two-hour window may
require fewer (if any) calories.
Bring the right food: Long, sustained
rides should be fueled by denser calories,
such as proteins and fats, but carbohydrates still play an important role.