Cycling guide

Find all of the advice you need on nutrition, hydration and care related to cycling.

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Winter is a season that can strain our bodies. The energy needs are usually increased. Making physical exertion in low outdoor temperatures increases the amount of energy used by the body.
The body can get used to the cold as you train, but remember that good physical shape also requires a proper diet.

Cycling creates muscular strains related to the intensity and duration of practice. Since it is an outdoor sport, the exercise tolerance and energy expenditures will depend on the weather conditions, and the strength and direction of the wind.
A good, well-fitted bike may, of course, reduce certain strains, but as you pile on kilometres, they will certainly come back at some point!
Muscular stiffness is common and massages are a wonderful non-medical response to muscle pains.

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As long ride enthusiasts, your supplies must be as well prepared as your bike to prevent an accumulation of excess fatigue.
It is hard to define what a long ride is - indeed, experienced cyclists will refer to long rides when it is at least 4hrs long, while a less experienced cyclist will consider a 2hr ride is a long one. However, the food strategy to reduce fatigue and challenge one's limits cannot be improvised, whatever the duration of the ride.

Our bodies need constant energy to function. However, they do not have unlimited energy reserves. In order to cover the needs, the body draws from both its reserves and the food we eat throughout the day.

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The festive season, at weddings and at birthdays, etc. results in a long series of rich meals. Often too greasy and too sugary, they create a build-up of toxins in the body which leads to various discomforts such as general tiredness or stomach pain, and overall weight gain may be experienced.
It is high time to take control again and work to achieve your ideal weight as effectively as possible. You’ll then be ready for your future events.

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Healthy eating and physical exercise are the golden rules to ensure good health and a steady weight.
Nutrition should be part of your lifestyle, it is your best ally for keeping in shape all day long.
Here are five nutrition tips to follow so you can keep going from morning to evening whilst exercising during the day.

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Anaïs, a road cycling specialist, explains: "A cycle race can be broken down into several stages. The start is fast, with regular attacks during the first 20 minutes. The next stage involves cycling at a regular pace. The final stage is characterised either by fresh attacks or a final sprint for victory. These races are stressful since there is a lot of contact between cyclists and you have to fight to 'keep' your place. The races last about 2 hours and suit me well since I'm a 'rouleur' and like the feeling of power when I cycle".
Questions/answers with a road cycling specialist, Anaïs Valiavanos

Bien gerer sa randonnée cyclo

A cycle tour is broken down into stages of between 60km and 180km or more. This means you will be riding for several hours. Whatever the performance objective, hydration and nutrition will have an important role to play in getting you to the finish line at each stage.

Comment bien préparer son étape cyclotouristique

Biking tours usually cover distances of between 60 and 180km, or sometimes more. Whether you simply want to enjoy the landscapes or set a good performance, eating the right food before you set off will guarantee a more enjoyable ride. Close-up on our advice for the week preceding your cycling tour.

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