• Fueling During the 2016 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race

    Photo courtesy of Linda Kennedy

    I promised a few of you that I would get to letting you know what I ate and drank during the 2016 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. Here it is.

    You can find last year’s fueling report at this link. What I ate before and during the race was similar, but I didn’t include details last year. This year, details.

    Wake up at 4:00 am and aim to have breakfast down by 4:30am.

    Two large eggs scrambled with water and heavy whipping cream (I like the texture) and cooked in coconut oil.

    ½ cup of Fage Total whole fat yogurt

    1/4-1/3 of a Kate’s Grizzly Meal Replacement Bar

    I don’t measure quantities, they are estimated. Breakfast is likely around 460 calories

    Start line at about 6:15 am

    I chug down 24 ounces of water mixed with ½ scoop of Osmo pre-load and ½ scoop of Skratch drink mix powder. I do this within 20 minutes of start time so I can be carrying two bottles of fluid on the bike and one in my belly. If I drink it much outside of 20 minutes, I’ll have to use the restroom.

    During the race

    Between each aid station where I have crew (Start, Twin Lakes outbound, Twin Lakes inbound, Pipeline, Finish) I drink 24 ounces of water mixed with one scoop of Skratch and an additional bottle of plain water.  

    I don’t have locations, but during the entire race I consumed a total of 5 individual Clif Blocks (not 5 sleeves). I also ate ½ of a Kate’s Tram Bar somewhere between Twin Lakes inbound and Pipeline.

    Calories consumed during the race were about 60 calories per hour. (Drink mix calories, chews and the partial bar.) Fluid consumed was 21 ounces per hour of racing. The race took about 10.5 hours.

    If I count breakfast in the total calories for “the race”, it was 104 calories per hour. (In 2015 it was 109 calories per hour.)

    Photo courtesy of Linda Kennedy

    I felt fine during the whole race. I had a cramp threaten just after rolling through the green gate home bound – but – I commanded the leg “You are not cramping! This is not going to happen!” And, I moved my position on the bike to climb seated further back on the saddle.

    The guy riding near me asked, “Did you really get that cramp to go away by talking to it?”

    Yes. But more than likely it was the position change that did it.

    What we have found is that when people follow the Fat Burning Machine™ diet guidelines, they need far fewer calories during training and racing.

    Hope this helps!


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