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    What you have to do to be a Tour rider

    I think this article belongs here:

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/other-sp...9#.Uco6wNiBpxU

    It's an insight into the calorie needs of a Tour de France rider, and compares what the Average Joe has to do to achieve the same daily output.

    The bit about the love-making is a bit of a wake-up call. Or not, maybe...

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    Yeah, that is a ridiculous amount of food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robabeatle View Post
    Yeah, that is a ridiculous amount of food.
    Pffft...Adam Richman could destroy that.
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    Lousy article too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
    Lousy article too.
    Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Why?
    What's the point of comparing elite professional athelete to an average Joe doing other sports. The average Joe is average because he can't produce that much power days in and days out, and thus the need for the energy consumption. That's kind of like saying a powerful V12 engine can consume 1 gallons in 5 mins but your typical V4 Honda Civic would need 30 mins to do that. No duh! If I remember correctly, Michael Phelps consumed 12,000 calories/day so cycling is not unique. A more interesting article would be to look at different disciplines of professional athelete and their energy consumption demand.

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    It's interesting for people who:

    1. Don't have an idea of what the food and/or requirements are to do an event like that.

    2. Are interested in what is regarded by many as the toughest annual sporting event in the world.

    3. May be able to extrapolate to other elite sportspeople and what they need to eat to succeed.
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    OK. I assume that you know some of those people. Good for them.

    On point 3, I would be surprised if any elite sportspeople is completely clueless about nutritions. But who knows you might know some.

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    Wow, and I though eating 4000 calories a day was a lot. Double?? I guess if you do that much riding you'll be hungry for it but still

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
    OK. I assume that you know some of those people. Good for them.

    On point 3, I would be surprised if any elite sportspeople is completely clueless about nutritions. But who knows you might know some.
    You have a problem reading and comprehending or you're just being contrary.

    On point three, you needed to read: "People who may be able to extrapolate what..." People as in the Average Joe.

    You assume. You are wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
    What's the point of comparing elite professional athelete to an average Joe doing other sports. ... A more interesting article would be to look at different disciplines of professional athelete and their energy consumption demand.
    Because the vast majority of the interested readers are average joes and not professional athletes. Agree reading about energy consumption of professionals in various disciplines would be interesting, but it wouldn't be relevant to me as an average joe.

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    One would think that after working so hard for 5-6 hours, being able to eat that much would be a very nice reward. Or does eating that much also become more like work and not as much fun?

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    There was an article on (I think) ESPN's website where a reporter actually tried to eat that much food (and the same type a food that a cyclist would eat) in a day. He couldn't do it, but it was quite amusing to read.

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    Entertaining article, but the rowing is dead wrong. If you are using the appropriate resistance you get very close to the 5-6 hours on a bike. When we had two-a-days on the water in college, we had to eat 6000-6500 calories to avoid breaking down.

    It really is hard to eat that much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by camelopardalis View Post
    One would think that after working so hard for 5-6 hours, being able to eat that much would be a very nice reward. Or does eating that much also become more like work and not as much fun?
    I think the issue is trying to cram that much into such a small space and have it process through the intestines in time for it to be useful. I think there is grazing from the time they get up to the time they go to bed, with larger amounts taken in at more traditional meal times (if they even have those).

    I know on some randonnees, inexperienced organisers have presented traditional-style breakfasts, when stuff like pasta and lunch sandwiches would have been more appropriate.

    The high-energy content of bars and drink mixes are an important part of the regimen, too. At least, based on my experience doing LD events.
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    Recovery is a big part of riding a grand tour. Recovery includes being able to eat enough to restore glycogen and also having whatever it takes to restore lost protein to muscles. Those are both talents which improve with training, but talents nonetheless. Many good Classics riders cannot adapt to a grand tour because of the need for these very specialized talents. One of Lance's greatest talents was the ability to put on protein. He had to starve it off every year or he'd be too heavy with muscle.

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    I read an interview a few years ago (maybe of Floyd Landis). He said by the end of the tour, you are tired of eating, too. Nothing is appetizing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heresy View Post
    I read an interview a few years ago (maybe of Floyd Landis). He said by the end of the tour, you are tired of eating, too. Nothing is appetizing.

    I've been there at the end of long randonnees ... so incredibly sick of eating.

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