Training & Nutrition - Best foods for a 24 hour race?
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My husband and 3 other guys are doing a 24 hour race next month. I've been volunteered to make breakfast. Hubby said pancakes, which normally are wonderful, but not sure if that would be the best for the guys. I also want to have lots of snacks and energy foods for them. The race promoters are having a pasta dinner at midnight and the race runs from noon to noon. Any ideas on what I can make for not only breakfast, but to have on hand for them?
If it is a four man team, I would just go with real food like you are contemplating. Ask them what they like to eat. Have a few energy bars/gels on hand but otherwise, pancakes and or waffles sounds good to me. Make mine blueberry please.
PB&J's are also simple and delicious
Hot coffee in the early AM would be superb also
07-30-08, 09:25 PM
Any ideas on what I can make for not only breakfast, but to have on hand for them? Hard to say. I'll speculate that since you are being "saddled" with helping out by providing foods, that this particular 24 hour event isn't being approached from a purely competive nor scientific manner.
That being said, the best you can do is to go with what you know. Investigate likes and dislikes of participants and plan for digestive "issues" later in the event.
Off hand, I'll want stuff like chicken and BBQ in the mid term, and late in the going may need to switch to baby foods like yogurt, fruits and juices and soups late in the campaign.
Just remember, offer everything you can, fatigue causes memory failure and tired cyclists often lack the capacity to remember what's good for them.
Pack a bunch of Ensure Plus. It has 350 calories of balanced nutrition that can be consumed in under 15 seconds. It's used by many ultramarathon cyclists and runners. I lived off the stuff on a 24 and 48 hour race. It's easily digestible.
I also like the small cans of Starbucks Doubleshot Espress & Cream. These provide a (un)healthy dose of caffeine and, like the ensure, can be consumed in a few seconds. Just the thing at 3AM when you have a hard time keeping your eyes open. Be sure to have plenty for yourself as well as the riders.
Otherwise, carry a variety of snack items. On a long ride, tastes change and what may be yummy at the start could be barely palatable after a couple hundred miles.
+1 on the Ensure Plus.
Also, read the Nutrition articles on this site: http://www.ultracycling.com/ You'll get a lot of good info from them.
Some other things I like on long rides ...
1) Mashed potatoes
3) Beef jerky
4) Orange juice
5) Fruit of all sorts (canned, fresh, and dried)
7) Chicken noodle soup
8) Potato chips
9) Granola & Cereal bars
10) Salted almonds
Note the variety of sweet items and salty items. I will usually start my long rides with foods on the sweeter side (muffins, cookies, etc.), and somewhere in the middle of the ride, I start craving salty stuff and fruit.
And two more suggestions:
1) Ask the riders what they want. Different long distance riders like different foods.
2) Find out if any of the riders have food allergies.
Thank you for all your great advice this will really help me out!!
They are doing a four man team 24 hour race right?
No need for fancy stuff really. thats six hours of pedalling over 24 hour period. they should be able to sleep and rest a bunch.
Ensure is great, but I can't think of a reason that you would need to ingest 350 calories in 15 seconds as a 4 man team.
Riding it solo would be a different story.
Yes they are doing a 4 man team. I guess the longest stretches will be taken at night.
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