A new video from British Cycling shows you the right way to eat and drink while you’re racing.
As part of the Racesmart series designed to encourage better racing, former professional rider Dan Lloyd explains when to eat and drink, and when not to try it – in crosswinds or on a descent, for example. He says that the best place is on a flat, straight piece of road without too much wind, and when the pack isn’t going too fast.
The video advises you to practise in training so that you can develop confidence riding with one hand on the handlebar as you eat or drink, before trying the same thing while riding in a group.
It also suggests that you cut off the tops of energy bar wrappers before the start of your race to save time and effort out on the road, and that you have a system for knowing which pocket contains each type of bar or energy gel so you can always get what you need first time.
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