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Just wondering! Too difficult to peel? Slippy skins a danger to the peloton?

And what real food do you like to eat on the bike? Soreen for me. Difficult to chew in winter and I must like quite the plonker biting huge chunks off the full loaf as I cycle, but it's tasty and does the job nicely. Especially when it sticks to the teeth!

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j1mmy76 [66 posts] 3 years ago
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Simply because bananas don't have any branding.

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sm [376 posts] 3 years ago
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j1mmy76 wrote:

Simply because bananas don't have any branding.

Never thought of that. I reckon there's greenhouse somewhere growing bananas with skins in team colours. That should do it.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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I saw Voeckler eating a banana in a race last year.

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robdaykin (not verified) [368 posts] 3 years ago
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Rule 16.

Voeckler was leading at the time  1

Mate of mine cuts malt loaf into chunks then mashes them into bite size balls which wrapped in squares of greaseproof sit nicely in a jersey pocket. For day rides I buy the hazelnut chocolate wafers from LIDL (very high energy density for volume/mass), bananas, bread rolls with ham, salami, lettuce and cheese (salt, fat, protein), dried fruit (Graves used to do a trail mix which was perfect). I also like chocolate, but since LIDL dropped the 40% single estate bars I've dropped that from the list. To drink, water and on long rides fresh fruit juice in Camelbak chill bottles. Tried SiS energy drinks but my body saw them as instant fat reserve and they never worked for me.

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 3 years ago
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Good ideas rob, might try some of them out. My Mrs makes a cracking nut / fruit / choco chip mixture for when we are out walking, slow release energy  4

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robdaykin (not verified) [368 posts] 3 years ago
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forgot the home made flapjack with nuts, cherries and raisins. Only problem is it's seriously sticky, and cannot be eaten without gluing your gloves to your bars afterwards.

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sm [376 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm tempted to try some riceballs and egg but can never be bothered to make them in the first place!

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Tjuice [185 posts] 3 years ago
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Couple of Christmases back, I went for a few rides wearing a Santa hat taped on top of my helmet. During those rides, I always took mince pies to eat.

Thought about riding with bunny ears this Easter, and taking hot cross buns with me, but I got ill and was in bed instead.

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mathewshotbolt [90 posts] 3 years ago
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they contain too few grams of carbohydrates.

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robdaykin (not verified) [368 posts] 3 years ago
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One typical ripe banana contains about 30 grams of carb. If you have ripe, soft bananas most of that carb will be a 50:50 mix of glucose and frustose, with protein, water and potassium for electrolytes. So a banana makes a reasonable alternative to a bar or gel.

The only advantage of bars or gels is weight, bananas have more 'filler' per gram of carb, however that 'filler' makes the carb more acceptable to the body. High carb gels and bars can be hard to digest, especially in combination with energy drinks, and a banana makes a tasty change.

To answer the original question you rarely see pros eating early on in a stage. Earlier on many pros do have more normal food, including fruit, cake and chocolate, keeping the gels and drinks for later when they need fast absorption, weight matters and coincidentally the cameras are running.

There are lots of interviews with soigneurs out there about what goes in musettes, and bananas are in there, often sliced or in sandwiches or wraps.

And brown ripe bananas don't infringe on rule 16

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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Magnus Backstedt was commentating on a race (might have been the tour of Oman?) and said that he hated energy products, and avoided them as much as possible. He'd just eat a sarnie early in the race and chow down the gels nearer the end when he needed that fast glycogen boost.

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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Who was it that said they were given a bag of Haribo during a race and that they were like crack for cyclists?

I'm also still confused as to what relevance Rule 16 regarding champions jerseys has to bananas?

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step-hent [720 posts] 3 years ago
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farrell wrote:

I'm also still confused as to what relevance Rule 16 regarding champions jerseys has to bananas?

Yellow. Tenuous, but still...

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Simon E [2652 posts] 3 years ago
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farrell wrote:

I'm also still confused as to what relevance Rule 16 regarding champions jerseys has to bananas?

None.

It has no relevance to anyone except some sad muppet who likes rules for rules' sake. Those people should take up golf instead of a sport, it would be much more to their liking.

As for bananas, they are fab but I prefer to eat them at home. I don't care if the pros eat them or not, just like I don't need to copy their other dietary practices, their clothes or model of bicycle. But I do like the photos tweeted by @teamskychef of their food!

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foxyloxy [49 posts] 3 years ago
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Bananas,raisins,sultanas,thick rice pudding,branded bars,you name it,this one will scoff it.Years ago my Mum used to keep me in Bikey cake,a fruity rich stick to the ribs job.Horses for courses eat what you like,youve still got to pedal the bloody thing.  13

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abudhabiChris [692 posts] 3 years ago
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The Feed Zone Cookbook has some good things in it, and they mention that the riders like to have 'normal' alternatives to gels and energy bars to eat while on the bike.

In that vein I made a nice little rice cake last week.

Cooked medium-grain rice mashed up with banana and bacon bits, flavoured with a little maple syrup and then mix in a beaten egg and bake to set.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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There is a Blanco rider eating a banana right now in the Amstel Gold

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 3 years ago
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Banana and soreeen (cut into manageable chunks) blueberry jam sandwiches  1

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Kapelmuur [308 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm trying to remember what Peter Van Petegem said he ate during the Tour of Flanders, I think it was a bar of chocolate, 3 soft cheese sandwiches and 6 small plum pies.

He also had a bottle of cold tea, of which he said he drank half as he didn't sweat much and didn't need fluids.

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sm [376 posts] 3 years ago
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abudhabiChris wrote:

In that vein I made a nice little rice cake last week.
Cooked medium-grain rice mashed up with banana and bacon bits, flavoured with a little maple syrup and then mix in a beaten egg and bake to set.

Sounds good, maple syrup aside! How long do you bake them for, might have to give this a go.

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Tour Le Tour [87 posts] 3 years ago
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Now I'm hungry...

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abudhabiChris [692 posts] 3 years ago
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@sm 20-30 mins in a medium oven should do it.

They're yummy, easy to digest, and the banana-bacon-maple combo is great, as anyone who has had the full US Diner experience will know.

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andylul [410 posts] 3 years ago
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I've been buying sun-dried bananas from H&B - same banana-y taste, zero packaging.

Someone also told me that they were told on the DIVA Ride that in the UK, banana skins don't break down at the road side (which was ironic, because she was broken down at the road side)

Can anyone prove or dispel this potential myth?

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pdows47 [101 posts] 3 years ago
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I've not heard anything about banana skins not breaking down, I'd have thought that any fruit waste (apple cores, orange peels etc.) would all break down just as well. When I go out I take some home made flapjacks (banana and chocolate with sunflower seeds) and for really long ones, some fruit, normally banana, or a satsuma for something different, but they do need you to stop to eat them. I always have a gel as well, just in case I make a right dogs dinner of eating (excuse the pun) and end up bonking.

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joemmo [1164 posts] 3 years ago
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if you're after a savoury boost then try new potatoes. Skinned, boiled and dried then add some salt and a little olive oil - a little bit of grated cheese can be nice as well - wrap them in foil and they make a good snack. Easy to digest and can counteract all that sickly sugary stuff.

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WashoutWheeler [41 posts] 2 years ago
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I think the OP may have been making humorous reference to rule 16 regards the yellow jersey bananas also have yellow jerseys?

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gthornton101 [115 posts] 2 years ago
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Definitely the soreen malt loaf for me, pre-sliced of course.

For longer rides I also like the bitesize flapjack pieces a certain orange Supermarket does, put in a sandwich bag and in jersey pocket!

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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JELLY BABIES!!!!!!!!!

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes! I've just got onto jelly babies too. Lidl ones are dirt cheap. I was munching the sour jelly worms from the natural confectionary company before that, but my local sainos stopped stocking them. Bugger.

Other things - zipvit bars, kinetica cola gels. Sometimes a wrap on long rides. Occasionally I pull my finger out and make some flapjacks.

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spin sugar [48 posts] 2 years ago
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I have always struggled with energy gels and other concentrated products. They just don't sit well with me so I have spent quite a lot of time looking at this and have been trying various "proper" (for want of a better word) food items. The guys who did the original Feed Zone book now have one out called Feed Zone Portables which is very good and you'll recognise a lot of stuff in there that the pros use. It is US based and so all the measurements are in cups etc but once you have the tools it's all relatively straightforward. It has multiple rice cake recipes, pie recipes and baked egg recipes. I would definitely recommend it. Takes a bit of time stocking up but otherwise not too bad in terms of prep. I also love Kate Percy's Go Faster Food - that mostly deals with meal time but there are recipes towards the back that can be adapted to portables. For a quick sweet fix I can also recommend Fruit Peelers (think most supermarkets have them now) - individually wrapped and in sticks, easy to slip into a jersey pocket and still not quite as sickly as gels.

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