I just cannot understand all the discussion about the requirements of eating on a long bike ride. In this context I mean 3-4 hours. I was a low 2:40 marathoner running 13 full ones and all kind of halves and 10Ks. I NEVER ATE ANYTHING on any run some which lasted about 3 hours. I DID drink lots of Gatoraid.
We as runners depended on our training to allow us to store enough fuel to get us through 26 miles. I never "Hit the Wall", or in bikers terms "Bonked".
Now I can understand really long stuff (running and biking) ya gotta eat. But for the shorter stuff I just do not understand all the psyc. unless it is generated by commercial interests.