Nutrition Series, Part 1 of 3: Protein Needs for Cyclists

The word “protein” is derived from the Greek word, “proteos” meaning first and, when it comes to reputation of this macronutrient in the diets of athletes, the name seems to fit. Surveys assessing the nutrition knowledge of athletes often find that they believe protein is more important than either carbohydrate or fat in athletic performance. But, is protein deserving of this position on the pedestal of the athlete’s diet? In this month’s nutrition article—the first of a three-part series-- we will take a look at the role of protein in cycling performance as well as protein recommendations for endurance athletes, considering the amount and timing of protein intake around training. In subsequent articles we will address the topics of meeting protein needs on a vegetarian diet and protein supplementation.…

The Heat is On: Calorie Needs of Cyclists

In the quest to improve performance, cyclists often place an emphasis on improving the power-to-weight ratio (power: weight), which is measured by the amount of power (watts) one is able to generate per pound or kilogram of body weight.…

Pedaling Veganism

Pedaling Veganism

Vegan Cyclist Dave Harward: I have been vegan for about 7 months now. My diet has been vegetarian for 8 of the last 10 years. The reasons for choosing a vegan diet are ethically centered. Proper treatment of animals became a big reason behind my veganism. I don’t like to make my decision to be vegan polarizing for other people. It fits my beliefs and concerns.…

New Cycling Studio Opens in Salt Lake City

Any cyclist serious about getting faster knows there’s magic in that singular word. They may accept that it’s a certain type of dark magic, but there’s no denying the power and benefit that stands to be gained from throwing a regular dose of interval training into your workouts.…

Support Your Bones. They Support You!

I have learned about the importance of bones the hard way! At the mere age of 25, a bone scan revealed that I had the skeletal equivalent of a 60 year old woman. My risk of suffering an osteoporotic fracture was significantly increased, which is concerning for a cyclist, particularly one who has had (and continues to have) her fair share of crashes! Not surprisingly, this discovery sparked my interest in the factors that impact bone health and helped to chart my educational endeavors.…

You Can Lead a Cyclist to Water, But What, When, and How Much Should He/She Drink?

Water makes up the majority of our total body weight (approximately 60% of our body weight is water) and is crucial for optimal athletic performance (dehydration is the second leading nutritional cause of poor performance behind glycogen depletion). But what you may not realize is that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions floating around about thermoregulation, hydration and fluid requirements.…

Sports Nutrition News You Can Use

• Beets, as well as rhubarb and arugula, are rich sources of dietary nitrates, a compound that gets converted into nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and allows a person to exercise using less oxygen. In a study, cyclists consumed pre-ride beets and then three hours later (when NO peaks), they rode in a time trial. Every cyclist improved (on average, 2.8%) as compared to the time trial with no beets.…