Food on 1st 100 miler

NotthatJasonKenny

Faster on HFLC
Location
Bolton
This Sunday I'm doing my first century ride, a gentle ride tbh, quite a flat route!

Most I have done before is 50 but I have done loads of 35 milers without problem.

We are setting off at 8am so probably have porridge around 6.30 or so but what then?

I'm not a massive fan of gels and I won't have more than my pockets as storage.

I'm thinking of a few slices of the new soreen toasty loaf (as is, no butter) and of course loads of water and electrolyte drinks,

I'm not fast so it's probably going to take 7-8 hours.

Any advice will be much appreciated!
 

TheDoctor

Resistance is futile!
Moderator
Location
Stevenage
Personally I'd stop a few times. Energy drinks are OK, but lacking a certain something.
Last time I did a century, I stopped after about forty miles and had ham, egg and chips IIRC, and some tea. I had some more tea and a cake about twenty miles later, then fish and chips at 85 miles or so, then a whole load of random stuff at just-over 100 while I was on the train home
Chips are under-estimated as a sporting food IMHO.
 

PK99

Legendary Member
Location
SW19
This Sunday I'm doing my first century ride, a gentle ride tbh, quite a flat route!

Most I have done before is 50 but I have done loads of 35 milers without problem.

We are setting off at 8am so probably have porridge around 6.30 or so but what then?

I'm not a massive fan of gels and I won't have more than my pockets as storage.

I'm thinking of a few slices of the new soreen toasty loaf (as is, no butter) and of course loads of water and electrolyte drinks,

I'm not fast so it's probably going to take 7-8 hours.

Any advice will be much appreciated!
Eat before you are hungry.
Drink before you are thirsty.

If you can, plan a route:
25 miles = cafe stop for beans on toast
50 miles = pub stop for lunch
75 miles = cake and tea stop
100 miles = beer stop.

I tend to prefer 0 calorie isotonic drink in my bottle, with tabs to top up en route.
tracker bars or similar in back pocket as bonk rations - others say Malt loaf or Fig biscuits
 
PK99's mantra is the classic advice, well worth heeding.

Regular stops for hot drinks are good.

I'd suggest taking a packet of something calorific (trail mix is good, easy to carry, hugely calorific and a nice mix of carbs and protein) that you can snack on almost from the start. You don't wan't to be holding on for a food stop at 30/40 miles (or whatever) because by then it may be too late. Once you've bonked it can be very hard to get going again and you will probably find that you struggle to eat.

Another useful standby if you find yourself struggling to eat is milkshakes. The Mars Extra Thick ones are particularly good.
 

perplexed

Legendary Member
Location
Sheffield
On my first century, I took loads of gels and bars,also a sandwich.

However, don't leave the sandwich in the fridge at home. Which I did...:banghead:

I managed on just gells and bars on a hilly route, took me 6 hours 55 minutes, but I was knackered at the end. Would have been much easier with some proper food somewhere along the line...
 

PpPete

Guru
Location
Chandler's Ford
I'm no fan of gels as a general rule, but if I'm riding further than I've ever been before, I take a Torq Banoffee flavour with Caffeine.
Miracle cure for a bonk IME.

Don't let it get that far though if you can possibly help it.

Try this:
Eat Backwards.
WTF?
If you are having a cake/sweet course and a savoury course at a stop, eat the sweet first.
The idea is that by the time you get back on the bike the readily digestible sugars will be available to your muscles immediately.
The beans on toast (or whatever) will take a little longer... but that's fine, you'll need them later.

Oh yes, and TEA. Lots of it, with or without sugar as you prefer it, seems to have a very restorative effect and makes a good change from what you have in your bidon.
 
I'll bd on this ride too and TBH I'm just stocked up with gels. My bidons will have my usual High5 Zero tabs in, and I'll carry some extras for re-fills.

Mrs S is going to meet us in Blackpool and had mentioned bringing some sarnies, but TBH I'd probably prefer something hot at that stage.


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Fab Foodie

hanging-on in quiet desperation ...
OK, 100 miles on energy drinks and bars is IMO a pretty miserable day out with rumbly guts. Stop and eat some proper food and PpPete's advice is excellent.
You don't have to carry sarnies, we have these things called shops all over the place, and pubs and cafes .... then you can have what you fancy at the time.
I nibble on Jelly babies and Beef jerky as I ride along, and I have a passion for Pork Pies, but then I'm strange ....
 

Glover Fan

Well-Known Member
IMO gels and sports drinks are for fast rides and racing.

A steady 100 miler should be punctuated with proper food. Cycling is supposed to be enjoyable, after 100 miles you will be into massive calorie deficit territory, so why not indulge yourself?

Keep an energy bar as an emergency back up.

The only food I've heard isn't great is meat as it sits in the stomach and takes a while to digest, no idea if that is true or not.
 
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