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Old 03-21-14, 01:57 PM   #1
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Food during Century?

I'm doing my 1st century ride tomorrow (slow pace), and I didn't know if it mattered what I brought with me to snack on during the trip to get my 200 or so calories every hour. I know there will be SAG stops, but I didn't want to be solely dependent on them. I was thinking either Clif bars or granola bars (or even fig newtons).

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That'll work. About 70-75 miles in, stop and have a Snickers and a Coke. You'll thank me later.
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+1 and I'm a Mountain Dew guy.
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Banana & chocolate milk
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I am very strict about what I eat and drink, but century rides is when I am willing to "cheat" and eat things which I normally wouldn't eat day to day. I usually stop along the way at an ice cream shop and have an ice cream milkshake, then I stop again and have some pizza, I'll even eat an extra large snickers bar or a mars bar, the only things I avoid is Gatorade and soda pop because I hate them with passion...It really depends what type of a century it is. If it's a casual recreational ride at an easy pace, then anything goes and you can eat anything you want...If it's a racing ride then you need to be more careful what you eat.
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Bring whatever you usually eat during your long rides leading up to this event.
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Nothing better than Pay Day candy bar and Coke.
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Everyone is different and you have to learn from experience. But......candy bars is suicide for me.

I did 126 miles today with almost 10,000 feet of climbing today. I consumed just over 3,000 calories on the bike. Homemade Dr. Lim's rice cakes, cliff bars, and Cytomax in the bottle. I also took electrolye replacements during the ride since this was the first warm day of the year. I was able to ride strong and non-stop excepting getting the Brevet card signed.
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That'll work. About 70-75 miles in, stop and have a Snickers and a Coke. You'll thank me later.
A coke? Dude...that's a lot of carbonation with 25 miles to go...

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A coke? Dude...that's a lot of carbonation with 25 miles to go...

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Do you not have the ability to burp? I didn't invent this thing...just use it. 1-2 hours before the end of any big race the pros always break out the Coke.

Sugar + caffeine can be a great thing.
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For the record, while I almost never drink any soda, It's pretty much a necessity when I do 12 Hour mountain bike races. I'll have Lim's rice cakes, bananas, raisins, etc, but sooner or later I bust out the Coke.
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don't experiment. stick with foods, snacks you know and love. my favs include banana, small box of raisins, chocolate covered are OK but I avoid yogurt covered cuz of what they do to my tummy, OK at home or near home but not on the road, if you know what I mean. also I like PKGs of peanut butter crackers. do you have meals planned out?
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