Thousands of cyclists will put months of hard training to the test as they take to the streets for one of the biggest single-day cycle events on Sunday, 19 November, at the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg.
While preparation is the key to a successful performance, every well-trained body needs fuel to perform on race day. We spoke to two elite Biogen-backed cyclists to find out how they fuel their efforts on race day:
A few considerations
While general guidelines for nutrition and race-day fuelling apply, Kim says that offering universal advice is complicated. “Individuals react differently to fuelling strategies. The key is to find what works best for you.”
Candice adds that if you have not trained your body to absorb the amount of carbs at race intensity, it is ill-advised to try it on race day.
“Aim to provide a slow and steady stream of energy to your system instead of eating a lot all at once. My advice would be to have a plan for your nutrition and try to stick to it.”