Nutrition for Those Amazing Women in Cycling!

Toolbox: Over the past few years we have been witnessing a very positive growth in womens cycling, with not only an increasing number of athletes in the pro ranks, but also in the number of amateur and recreational riders. While some of the best WorldTour cycling teams such as Astana, CCC Liv, Lotto Soudal, Michelton-Scott, Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and Movistar have a female UCI team, information on specific nutrition for female cycling It is still scarce.Anna van der Breggen, Marianne Vos, Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Elisa Longo-Borghini, Coryn Rivera, Lizzie Deignan, Annemiek van Vleuten… Looking back a few years, these names wouldnt ring a bell. But today, these names are easily recognized as some of the best female cyclists on the planet that both inspire other women in the sport and could easily embarrass some male cyclists. The StrugglesFor many, the main difficulties of eating well are the time constraints of work, family and social life. To make things worse and increase the pressure over these athletes, endurance sports encourages women (and men alike) to be lean and maintain a certain body composition to maximize their performance. When these challenges are combined with the media bombardment of food paranoia such as cutting radically with a given food group, cutting with carbohydrates for no reason, training fasted without any criteria, avoiding gluten, dairy or cut with anything that is not approved by the “guru X that you follow on Instagram,” you get the perfect recipe to jeopardize your performance and confuse yourself.In these troubled…

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