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People's Choice: Your top 10 favourite cycling foods revealed

Tasty treats to keep you fuelled on your rides

When we asked how you keep fuelled up when riding we got a wide range of answers, some obvious, some not so much. Here are your top ten choices.

9= Dripping sandwiches — 5%

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Earl of Sandwich (CC BY 2.0 Rusty Clark|Flickr)

Get dripping from the bottom of the tray, with all the tasty bits from the roast in it, and make yourself a classic Yorkshire mucky tucky sandwich — beefy yumminess!

9= Jam sandwiches — 5%

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Jam sandwich (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 jpellgen|Flickr)

A Proustian reminder of childhood Sunday nights and one of the cheapest sources of portable calories. Posh it up with crusty bread and fruit spread or go the full Warbutons and Robertsons combination.

8 Maltodextrin — 7%


When we asked about ride fuel we were thinking of things you eat, but a few of you told us you like to make your own liquid fuel based on maltodextrin, the main ingredient of most commercial energy drinks. You can find it for a bit under £2.50 per kilogram.

6= Caramel Stroopwafels — 8% (£17.57 for 36)

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Stroopwafel (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Jocelyn & Cathy|Flickr)

Reader unclebadger says these are “compact, tasty, packed with energy-boosting calories, taste delicious and non-artificial.” He addd: “They also get more gooey when out for a long ride but don’t get sticky because the waffly bits stop the caramel leaking out, well, mostly.”

6= Fig rolls — 8% (£10.20 for 12x200g packs)

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Fig rolls (CC BY-SA 2.0 jeffedoe|Flickr)

Another satisfying combination of crunch and sweet, with some handy fibre from the figs to keep things, er, moving.

5 Finely sliced medium-rare Chateaubriand in a sourdough roll with peppercorn sauce — 9%

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Steak sandwich (CC BY @joefoodie|Flickr)

Yess, thank you, VonPinkhoffen, also known as my old mucker Gareth who clearly has more refined tastes than most of us. “It’s Not the easiest to eat on the move, but a gentleman should dine on nothing less,” he says, and recommends the fare at Hawksmoor for his fellow steak lovers.

3= Flapjack — 11%

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Flapjack (CC BY 2.0 Paul Downey|Flickr)

One of the easiest portable foods to make at hose, flapjacks are a rich source of calories thanks to all that butter, sugar and syrup, held together with oats. Question is, do you buy them, or make your own?

3= Bananas — 11%


The classic cyclist’s portable snack: , cheap, tasty, filling, full of energy and packaged in its own bio-degradable wrapper.

2 Malt loaf — 12%

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Malt loaf (Image courtesy Soreen)

There’s a definite trend of ‘sticky’ running through this list. Taking the number two slot, malt loaf, that uniquely British chewy confection that can’t quite decide whether it’s cake or bread. Either way it’s delicious with cheese or thickly spread with butter.

1 Cake — 13%

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Coffee and cake (CC BY-SA 2.0 Max Braun:flickr)

Taking the top spot, though not by as much as some predicted, the cafe stop staple. ‘Cake’ covers a huge range of sweet treats, though, from Victoria sponge to carrot cake and from chocolate brownies to Black Forest gateau. Tell us your favourite in the comments!

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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