on a 75 mile mountain ride that started off with a climb from 4800 to 6300 feet and contained a total of 3100 feet or so of climbing -- a new experience for this rider who is less than six months from medicare. But I have no basis for comparison and wonder if my nutrition was really optimal. It consisted of: a hearty dinner the night before, hearty potato, eggs, fruit breakfast and on the ride: two Hammer gel packs, two cans of V8 juice for some salt and potassium, 2-3 handfuls of a chocolate chip/dried fruit/nut mix my wife made, a banana, and for a boost about 2/3 of the way: a half-liter of iced coffee with skim milk.
The trip was the Fort Davis, Texas scenic loop which forces me to use a very overworked word that I generally despise: AWESOME!!! We did it in 5 1/2 hours riding time 7 hour total. I rode my homemade CF bike with flatbars, and $6 platform pedals pumped with my favorite steel-toe work boots. There are very few shoes that my feet will tolerate and I have never got clips or cleats down.
Can't wait to go back!!