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    Carry along Food for Centuries

    Well I used to carry a plain chicken sandwich and donut (for the finish) in my touring shorts pockets and little packs of raisins in my tool pack for potassium. Now my acid reflux is telling me to either go back to egg and cheese burritos (too much cholesterol ?) or experiment with something palatable beforehand like you'd see in a cycling mag recipe. Something tidy that carries in a ziplock.

    So what are some good carry along eats for century rides that you guys have in your secret recipes?

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    Cooked yams. Bake 'em, cut them into appropriate sized morsels, put them in a ziplock and you're ready to rumble. it's all starch, so it's a quick blood sugar boost that starts digesting the moment it hits saliva. Some folks eat the skins, others don't.

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    Similar to the yams, red potatos work well, too.

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    If it's a century, I don't take any solid food - just 2 sachets of Perpetuum that I mix with water on the road, and 2 gels (Gu or whatever) for the last hour.

    For a longer ride, such as a 200km (130 miles), I'll take a few oatmeal bars and 2 more Perpetuems, and make sure I finish them all.

    For still longer rides, I pick food up along the way. I don't want to lug all that extra weight around (why burn calories to carry calories? ) and I don't like being encumbered with the bulk of solid foods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    Cooked yams. Bake 'em, cut them into appropriate sized morsels, put them in a ziplock and you're ready to rumble. it's all starch, so it's a quick blood sugar boost that starts digesting the moment it hits saliva. Some folks eat the skins, others don't.
    Quote Originally Posted by t4mv View Post
    Similar to the yams, red potatos work well, too.
    Potatoes and yams are very different. Potatoes have a glycemic index of around 100. Yams - around 37.

    Yams : better before a ride.

    Potatoes : better during the ride.
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    Yes, boiled potatoes during the ride. Allen Lim's recipe will make you hungry just watching it.

    http://www.vitalrecipe.com/view/7w8h...potato-recipe/

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    ^ Jeez, man ... you guys have this down to a science!

    PBJ and Clif bars for me.

    For really long distance rides where I might lose my appetite (hot rides, for example), I find pizza works best. Hot or cold, young or old, even bad pizza ain't so bad.
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    bananas and Lance Toasty peanut butter crackers, maybe some packs of Gu with no caffeine. Sometimes some fig newtons. I really don't eat that much though.
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    Sometimes a big banana muffin and some bars, maybe a Payday. Sometimes when going where there is no food I take bread and tuna (the tuna in an envelope) and make a sandwich on the road.

    One time in the mountains a friend whipped out some pizza and we wanted to mug him for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    ...PBJ...
    I sometimes buy those pre-packaged PBJ sandwiches.

    Freeze them when you buy them. Throw two in your jersey pocket before the ride.

    No mess because of the bag, and no sticky fingers when you eat it. You could even eat it on the road. (I cannot eat while riding - hence the Perpetuem.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealH View Post
    Yes, boiled potatoes during the ride. Allen Lim's recipe will make you hungry just watching it.

    http://www.vitalrecipe.com/view/7w8h...potato-recipe/
    One of the best sag snacks at the Mountains of Misery ride are the boiled potatoes with salt. It is amazing how good they taste after 60+ miles in the saddle.
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    Acid reflux gave me Barrett's Syndrome. Solid food is best for me and I pack PB and sliced turkey ham...my total fav. Easy on the sugars & fats which means not overdoing the Cliff Bars or gatorade as well as no fatty meats and I dilute juice 1/3 to 2/3's water. Always carry antacids and I take Nexium (or over the counter equal). A friggen hot dog saved my ass at the last stop into Portland last year's STP. 2-3 sandwiches get me 75 miles, then I fill in as needed. I love potatoes too. I love bananas but they can get me if I'm not careful. Stomach upset can kill a ride.
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    I usually take a odwalla bar or maybe clif bar. Sometimes PB crackers. Bananas are good and maybe some of those jelly beans with electrolytes if the temps are really pushing hundred.

    Not aways the same thing, some granola bars with nuts also work.

    A friend I ride with will sometimes stop at a convenience store and get chips, a soda, barbacoa taco and whatever he might find. Disgusting and he weighs only 116 pounds!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Acid reflux gave me Barrett's Syndrome. Solid food is best for me and I pack PB and sliced turkey ham...my total fav. Easy on the sugars & fats which means not overdoing the Cliff Bars or gatorade as well as no fatty meats and I dilute juice 1/3 to 2/3's water. Always carry antacids and I take Nexium (or over the counter equal). A friggen hot dog saved my ass at the last stop into Portland last year's STP. 2-3 sandwiches get me 75 miles, then I fill in as needed. I love potatoes too. I love bananas but they can get me if I'm not careful. Stomach upset can kill a ride.
    I still want to do that ride - probably next year.

    Did you do the double in a day? My cousin lives in the Seattle area - I was thinking of doing the double on day 1, then driving back and (re)doing the second half with him on day 2.
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    I also go with Odwalla or Cliff bars, and shot blocks. Heed in the water bottles. Water at the sag stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    ^ Jeez, man ... you guys have this down to a science!

    PBJ and Clif bars for me.

    For really long distance rides where I might lose my appetite (hot rides, for example), I find pizza works best. Hot or cold, young or old, even bad pizza ain't so bad.

    Works for me too. What I like about the Clif bars is that you can nibble them, stick the rest back in the package, and they aren't messy. I've tried the gels, but have never done them with out getting totally sticky, and having to waste water rinsing.
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    Did you do the double in a day? My cousin lives in the Seattle area - I was thinking of doing the double on day 1, then driving back and (re)doing the second half with him on day 2.
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    Last year two day. This year..haven't made up my mind though the group I'm going with might. Kinda fun. I'm 58 but had no problemo. First day scenery nice once beyond Puyallup though the early morning along lake Washington is very nice. Rainier bridge and 30 into Portland...well it is what it is and St Johns to Lloyd Center can be nice until say the Rose Garden. Hard to get your head around the other 10,000.

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    A few Fig Newtons +

    Only time I don't feel guilty eating them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Last year two day. This year..haven't made up my mind though the group I'm going with might. Kinda fun. I'm 58 but had no problemo. First day scenery nice once beyond Puyallup though the early morning along lake Washington is very nice. Rainier bridge and 30 into Portland...well it is what it is and St Johns to Lloyd Center can be nice until say the Rose Garden. Hard to get your head around the other 10,000.

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    I'm not familiar with the area at all, so thanks for the reply.

    (Didn't mean to hijack the thread ... )
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    Fig Newtons-Dried fruit- Fruit Cake- Oat Cereal bars and for a change some cheese.

    However after the ride it is whatever the nearest cafe or takeaway sells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Acid reflux gave me Barrett's Syndrome. Solid food is best for me and I pack PB and sliced turkey ham...my total fav. Easy on the sugars & fats which means not overdoing the Cliff Bars or gatorade as well as no fatty meats and I dilute juice 1/3 to 2/3's water. Always carry antacids and I take Nexium (or over the counter equal). A friggen hot dog saved my ass at the last stop into Portland last year's STP. 2-3 sandwiches get me 75 miles, then I fill in as needed. I love potatoes too. I love bananas but they can get me if I'm not careful. Stomach upset can kill a ride.
    Yeah I think more solid stuff is best for us with the acid reflux. I take prescription "Omeprazole" before I eat and ride only. Mine usually only bothers me when I try to sleep on a meal and then I wake up with tasty vomit in my nose. That pretty much ruins my night so I give myself at least 4 hours after or eating or drinking anything but water before laying down to sleep.

    The grilled chicken makes for just a little heartburn riding the drops though so I'm considering lots that I'm reading in here. George Mount used to kid the Brit cyclists for their boiled potatoes but I'm sure considering that as well. Water I like pure when I ride and Gatorade before and after. I love spicy V8 after a ride and a steak smothered in worcestershire sauce with lotsa salt after a century.

    These Kolaches look interesting that I picked up on in another thread. Don't know how they're cooked yet. Deep fried is a no go for me. Keep those ideas coming even though I'm getting hungry and it's my bedtime.

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    Fig Newtons are my choice as the base food. After they are in the jersey pockets, I take a variety of other things depending on mood, what's in the house at the time, any stores I passing etc.
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    On the 108 mile ride I did solo last week, I ate a good sized PBJ&banana sandwich about 1 hours pre-ride as well as a banana about 30 minutes before...I also drank water before heading off. I ate a Quaker Oats breakfast bar at about 16 miles & 30 miles. At 42 miles I at half a PBJ&B sandwich and at 65 miles I ate the other half. AT 55 miles I at another breakfast bar and ate one each at 75, 85, and 95 miles. I sipped water and went through around 4 bottles. At the end of the ride I ate a banana and a sandwich. Stay hydrated and eat.
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