Searched for this, and the most recent discussion ended last July, in addition I want to narrow it down a little. That thread was whether you eat breakfast or not, what I am interested in is who eats before they ride? I have always eaten more or less an hour before I ride, how much and what depends on the length and intensity of the ride. Usually a bowl of oatmeal, or maybe cheerios, an hour or so before the ride, cup of coffee or two. Friend of mine showed me the info on the Hammer nutrition site, makes a big deal out of not eating for 3 hours or so before the ride, but then start taking in calories, whether liquid, solid, or gel, in small frequent amouns soon after starting ride, the idea being a large meal diverts a lot of blood flow to the GI tract and can be detrimental to riding. I have tried that a couple of times on shorter rides early in the season, certainly didn't seem to do any harm, no bonking, but I can't honestly say I felt a lot better either. Any thoughts?