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Organized Century Ride Cuisine: Hits And Misses

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Organized Century Ride Cuisine: Hits And Misses

Food you like or dislike that you've had at rest stops and post-ride meals.

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One of the stops towards the end of the century I did this weekend had wasabi tortilla chips. I thought it was fantastic!
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Peanut butter and rolled oats.
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Hits: peanut butter and just about anything. Whole grain bagels. Small sandwiches.

Misses: pasta salad. Bland and too oily. Running out of Gatorade at the 50 mile and beyond rest stops.
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Banana slathered in peanut butter with chocolate sauce on it FTW
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My favorites: Ice cold push up flav-o-ice pops; Peanut butter and jelly; boiled potatoes;watermelon; homemade oatmeal cookies;

After ride: spaghetti and ice cream; Barbecue and smoothies
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What is it with peanut butter? I don't get why the food people often glob it in the sandwiches so thickly that you can measure it with a ruler.

Yuck. Do you people normally eat that way?
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Anything with peanuts and peanut butter is horrible ... a really terrible choice for a cycling event. Schools don't allow peanuts and peanut butter anymore because of all the allergies to them, so why do cycling events persist in including them??


Go with:
-- muffins
-- large oatmeal raisin or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (not the small, hard, flavourless bottom shelf kinds of cookies)
-- oranges, apples, and if you can afford them, bananas
-- potato chips and/or corn chips are a good choice for electrolytes
-- fruitcake is wonderful

One century I rode got Subway on board and we were served up one 6" sub, a packet of 3 cookies, and a bag of potato chips at the halfway point. Plus they had all kinds of fruit. That was great!! I ate the sub there, and took the rest with me and snacked on it while riding.

And for a post ride meal, a BBQ works ... hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.
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What is it with peanut butter? I don't get why the food people often glob it in the sandwiches so thickly that you can measure it with a ruler.

Yuck. Do you people normally eat that way?
It's good by the spoonful.
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Popsicles at the Cool Breeze Century in Ventura, CA in August!
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Bristol Farms deli platters at the end of Planet Ultra events.
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Another big thumbs-up for Planet Ultra.


The poppy muffins, the Hammer products, the locally grown dates, the cute female volunteers, the Philippine curry... the only part of their cuisine that doesn't rule is the pizza; but since they bring only hot/fresh pizza, they're kinda at the mercy of the local providers.



And a massive thumbs-DOWN to l'Etape du California 2010 for failing to have water on the second WATERSTOP! I arrived there with two empty bottles, and by the time I got to the next waterstop (~20 miles and 3000-feet up) my peripheral vision was gone I was seeing swirling bubbles in the road ahead of me.

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Hits: Home made Salsa, Snowcones, and Watermelon ( all on the Endless Summer Watermelon ride)

Misses: Perrier on L'Etape de Tour. This is a timed event, i.e. quasi race, and you could really do without the carbonation. They did have regular water, but with 9,000 riders hitting the rest stop, you just grabbed what you could and went.
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nutella in a banana with a lil chocolate sauce and some powered sugar. i was in heaven after getting through the first 1500ft of climbing.
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Eat almost anything provided, but prefer pbjs, bananas, apples, cookies, fig newtons.

I don't do well with orange juice before or during a ride. Too acidic for my stomach.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
It's good by the spoonful.


The ride I did Saturday had post-ride pasta, which would have been fine. But they ran out of sauce. Fail.
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Caviar and toast points.
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Not a food, but they had ice cold towels on a VERY HOT day, which they wrapped around your neck. That was fantastic! The watermelon and popcicles were good too. I'm allergic to peanuts, so I don't get the PB&J on just every single organized century I ride.
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I'm not a picky eater so I'm very grateful for any/all food and drink provided on organized rides. As for post ride...pizza from the shop a block from home and an ice cold homebrewed beer.
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Originally Posted by Machka
Anything with peanuts and peanut butter is horrible ... a really terrible choice for a cycling event. Schools don't allow peanuts and peanut butter anymore because of all the allergies to them, so why do cycling events persist in including them??
Because not everyone is allergic to peanuts?
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At the big ride in Victoria last month, they had grilled salmon burgers.

I was pretty happy.
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I can't stand peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It must be a cultural thing, but I really hate the darn things. However, there is something about riding a hard century that makes me eat them and crave them. Fig newtons are a big thumbs up for me. Anything else is not very tolerable for me personally, so I tend to carry foods like and enjoy.

Biggest thumb down:
Post ride pasta meal at 6 Gap Century in GA. I thought they were having a bad day the first year I went, then realized they are consistent at it!!!
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
I can't stand peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It must be a cultural thing, but I really hate the darn things. However, there is something about riding a hard century that makes me eat them and crave them. Fig newtons are a big thumbs up for me. Anything else is not very tolerable for me personally, so I tend to carry foods like and enjoy.

Biggest thumb down:
Post ride pasta meal at 6 Gap Century in GA. I thought they were having a bad day the first year I went, then realized they are consistent at it!!!
better than boiled peanuts though.
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Because not everyone is allergic to peanuts?
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