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The Spring Classics are well underway. They require good preparation, the right diet, and renewed energy to pull out all the stops. Martijn Redegeld, performance nutritionist, about the challenges relating to diet, weather influences and supplements.
There are several dietary challenges associated with a true Spring Classic:
Of course. Rain, snow and cold temperatures increase a cyclist’s energy consumption. After all, it costs energy to keep the body warm. At the same time, the cyclists are less inclined to eat and, in particular, to drink in these conditions (feel less thirsty). Furthermore, it is more difficult to grab an energy bar or gel if you’re wearing wet gloves and many layers of clothing. When there’s a lot of wind, there is always a risk of potential crosswinds and the formation of echelons. This automatically means a significant increase in the intensity of physical exertion (and a rise in energy consumption) and less time to eat and drink.
The latter two are not used for all cyclists as standard but the supplements may be included in a cyclist’s total dietary plan based on their individual requirements. They help to support the immune system and perform other functions.