Originally Posted by boomtown84
I would guess just usual everyday foods. There aren't any magic carbs or fats.
theres good/bad carbs&fats
Im a cyclist(track sprinter*),
I eat brazil nuts,walnuts,hazlenuts,almonds every day. that would be healthy fat, those sources would also provide essential minerals for athletes.
salmon is also another good fat source. avocados too
healthy carbs would be oats,wheat,brown breads. 'clean' and easy to digest, low-mid glycemic is best.
for anything over 50km youll prob need high glycemic (sugars) with you(sports drink, fruit, cereal bars), but under that your muscles should have enough glycogen stored, plus you'll have something in your stomach being processed for later.
water or an electrolyte drink would be fine for short spins.
depending on how hard you go, climbs, sprints etc you'll need a little extra protein than the average person. supplements arent neccesary, chicken,beef,dairy is great, whey protein is quick and easy
keep your blood sugar stable with a good carb source, the nuts help regulate this, eat enough protein to help muscle tissue repair, keep hydrated for optimum performance and to avoid cramps, get plenty of rest.
not all pro cyclists know how to eat properly.
*my races are very short, training is mostly gym work but I would do 100-200km a week too, and Im not a pro