Now, you can have all the fitness in the world, but if you don’t have a nutrition plan, you won’t have any fuel to feed that fitness. A nutrition plan for an all day gravel session can take many forms (gels, solids, liquids) and is usually a highly personal/unique menu, as what works for one, may not work for another. Choosing the incorrect foods, eating too much or too little, or eating at the wrong time can result in less than optimal performance: nobody wants that. As corny as it might sound, fueling for a long day on the bike is like putting the correct grade gasoline in your car, and then managing the fuel levels. The better the fuel, the better the performance. Let’s break it down into two parts: Energy and Hydration.
How To Customize
This Nutrition Plan is a guideline designed to help you create your own plan. There’s no one-size-fits all solution to fueling, which is why we recommend mixing and matching products, flavors, and forms to meet your taste and preferences. Remember that intensity, weather, and elevation can all affect how you respond to a nutrition plan, so always test and refine your plan during training. Use the recommended ranges at the top of the page to make sure you’re giving your body enough.
“Early and often”–that’s what we like to tell athletes who ask when to eat and drink. A successful nutrition spreads your nutritional intake across your entire activity. If you wait until you’re hungry or thirsty, it might be too late to get the nutrients you need.