Lots of threads about what to take with you on a century, but what are some of the best items that you have been provided by the century organizers? Seems peanut butter / jelly and Fig Newtons are staples, but what are some of the other food items that you enjoyed?
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Orange slices. Something about it on my last century (it could have been the 100 degree temps and 95% humidity though) made them some of the best things I've ever tasted. I also really like the Fig Newtons, apple slices (with peanut butter of course), and cookies. Speaking of cookies. On the last mountain bike thing my wife and I did (Ouachita Challenge), one of the checkpoint volunteers had home made oatmeal raisin cookies that she was passing out to the riders. This wasn't even a rest stop, just some place they used to be sure everyone made a correct turn. The cookies were delicious, and the experience brought a smile to my face for the rest of the day.
I did TOMRV over the weekend (Day 1 was 108 mi., day 2 88 mi.), and they had good food at the stops. Lots of fresh fruit, including strawberries, kiwi, peaches, nectarines, apples, oranges and (of course) bananas. Towards the end of the route they also had jars of pickles and pretzels - it was nice to have the salt. But if I had anything solid, it tended to be a cookie.
At the metric century ride I did we had really nice bagels (sticky, kind of a raisin/cinnamon type) and whipped cream cheese. Peanut butter and Jelly, bananas, grapes and granola bars.
I wish wish wish they didn't use peanut butter though...I am deathly allergic as are many people. The peanut butter knife gets into the jelly making it useless for me, so I had to stick with the cream cheese.
-- large Costco/Superstore muffins in a variety of flavors, cut into quadrants for easier eating. One of those muffins is 700-800 calories so will take the rider quite a ways
-- Potato chips/corn chips/pretzels and salty stuff like that
-- Non-diet fruit drinks or pops, like Coke ... and LOTS of it. Way too many organized rides I've been on have been stingy with the drinks. Keep in mind that riders must drink one 750 ml bottle every 1 to 1.5 hours while they are out there. So if you've got approx. 7-hour century riders, they will need at least 3 litres of fluid each ... and more if it is a hot day.
-- COLD water would be lovely. I've yet to be on an organized event that didn't have water that tasted like it had been sitting in a swamp under a blazing sun for the past week. Bleck.
-- Apples and oranges, cut up into manageable slices.
-- Bananas ... lots of bananas!
-- Dried apricots would be lovely ... they are loaded with potassium and go down very well
-- Salted almonds would be another lovely addition to a century menu. They too are loaded with potassium and go down well. I usually buy a package when I'm out on a long ride.
And IF you feel you MUST provide peanut butter, provide it very separately from everything else. There are lots of people out there who are allergic to it. DO NOT provide it as the main choice. I have been on organized events where I was offered pre-made peanut butter sandwiches, or ... nothing. And I had to do the ride on the energy bars I brought myself. How disappointing.