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Eating & Drinking Like the Pros

Eating & Drinking Like the Pros
More Articles by: Coach John Hughes
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How to Make Your Own Sports Food & Drink – Nutritional Insight from Pro Teams

By Coach John Hughes

You’ve probably wondered what the riders in the pro peloton eat and drink during a stage race. Coach John Hughes researched what Team Sky, Garmin-Cervélo and RadioShack riders consume before, during and after a stage and discussed the results with cycling nutrition experts. The answers may surprise you in terms of the variety and seemingly unusual nature of some of the food and drink. But the findings hold lessons and benefits for cyclists at all levels. We all require energy and replenishment of lost minerals and nutrients when we ride. Eating and drinking like the pros offers us the same nutritional benefits, which we can customize to our own needs – typically at a fraction of the cost of commercial sports food and drink, if we choose to make our own.

Coach Hughes worked with a professor of nutrition and an expert on hydration and electrolytes (both experts are cyclists) in creating recipes for both sports drinks and food. They’re easy to make, with known, unprocessed ingredients, and can be tailored to your specific taste and needs.

Eating & Drinking Like the Pros is available as part of the Summer Riding Bundle (includes Cycling in the Heat, Parts 1 and 2, and Preventing and Treating Cramps).


This eArticle is also included in the bundle of five eArticles The Best of Coach Hughes: 5 eArticles to Make You a Better Cyclist. The bundle includes:

  • How to Become a Better Cyclist: The Six Success Factors – A new eArticle totaling 36 pages.
  • Your Best Season Ever, Part 1: A 32-page eArticle on how to plan and get the most out of your training. Published in 2015.
  • Intensity Training 2016: A 41-page eArticle with the latest information on how to use perceived exertion, a heart rate monitor and a power meter to maximize training effectiveness.
  • Optimal Recovery for Improved Performance: A 16-page eArticle with 10 different recovery techniques illustrated with 14 photos. Published in 2011.
  • Eat & Drink Like the Pros: A 15-page eArticle of nutritional insights from pro cycling teams. It contains a dozen recipes for you to make your own food and sports drinks. Published in 2011.

The Best of Coach Hughes: 5 eArticles to Make You a Better Cyclist totals 140 pages and is available at the special price of $15.96 (this is a special 5-for-the-price-of-4 discount); and only $13.57 for our Premium Members.


Note: this is an eArticle. Your purchase will be stored as a PDF file in your customer account on the website for downloading and printing.

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