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Daily Food & Calories Intake For Tour De France Riders

Watching tour de france every year I have always wondered how much calories do these riders consume.

These super fit riders are on a bike for 3 weeks, cycling for over four hours a day. With such a grueling schedule the energy demands must be astronomical.

Daily amount of calories consumed by a rider.

According to Velo News tour article,

Researchers have actually quantified the nutritional consumption of riders in the Tour de France (1991 Tour), and the Tour of Spain (1998 Tour), and measured that riders average a daily food intake of 4,000 to 8,000 calorie

Daily carbohydrates consumed by a Tour De France rider

It is estimated that the Tour de France requires a carbohydrate intake of 13 g/kg (6 g/lb.) of body weight, and they need to intake these amounts day after day.

Another interesting analysis is from sports scientists.They have a neat anaylsis on how much a 78Kg rider will need to consume to avoid fatigue and remain competitive. Read it at sports scientist

Nutrition Last Week Before Running 5k, 10K, 15k, half & full marathon

Runners planning to run a race should pay attention to their nutrition during the last week before planning to run a 5k , 10K , half marathon or a full marathon.

Nutrition last week before the big race

Increase your daily intake of carbohydrate, particularly whole grains, fruits and vegetables, during training. An increase in daily protein intake is also recommended, with the balance coming from dietary fat.

Carbohydrate is the major fuel used during training, and both carbohydrate and protein may help facilitate muscle recovery.

Practice fluid and carbohydrate intake, both as water and sports drinks, during training so that you are comfortable with the procedure during the marathon. Know the sport drink that will be used in your marathon, and train with it. You may also wish to experiment with carbohydrate gels (some contain caffeine; see comment below on Running a faster marathon); if the marathon provides gels at points on the course, try to experiment with the specific brand.

P.S. Remember to take plenty of sleep during the week so that, even if you don’t sleep on the eve of the race, it won’t matter.