Winter cycling: 15 essential tips to keep you safe & motivated
Rain, snow & dark nights can be daunting at times... the weather and seasonal motivation tend to put the dampeners on getting out there.
But that doesn’t mean that you should hang up your bike just yet! Here's how to prep for the cold season, enjoy the winter and gain some instant motivation to keep you riding. Go!
Hitting the runner’s wall – What it means & how you prevent it
Hitting the wall is every runner’s nightmare. Find out what exactly ‘the wall’ is and how you can learn to overcome its' physical and mental challenges, not only for daily exercise but for big events such as marathons too
We spoke with marathon runner and elite duathlete Fiona Carter to help us break this problem down and explain what it is and how to avoid it.
'Runners' Trots' - Top tips to prevent & treat it
Over the next few blog posts we're going to be looking at some of the more gnarly and hard to deal with issues that so many active people experience on a daily basis... from 'stomach cramps' to 'runners' trots' and 'hitting the wall'.
These common issues can be very unpleasant, upsetting and even embarrassing, but what's most frustrating is that they can be avoided all together.
What to eat before, during & after race day
Don’t waste hard won fitness by taking inadequate nutrition on race day.
We spoke with elite pros Sam Andrews of Clash Racing, Jonny Revis of ZeroBC race team and elite cyclist Joe Fisher to help define what to eat before, during and after race day for performance, taste & health.
Read more about what's fit for body, fit for purpose, naturally.
Cycling nutrition 101: Fuelling on & off the bike
As a passionate cyclist you'll know the importance of good nutrition but the wealth of information out there can be complicated, conflicting and confusing! We take it right back to the basics for a simple approach to getting it right.
We’ll explain the different roles of carbohydrates and protein and help you to plan what to eat before, during and after a ride. Nutrition doesn’t have to be hard to swallow!
Forza Protein Bar - Perfect for Recovery, endurance cycling & marathon running
When we work our bodies hard we need to give them the best chance to Recover. Our bodies respond best to a specific ratio of 3:1 carbs:protein in order to get the most effective energy restoration and muscle repair.
We want to achieve this without having to consume powdery, heavy, synthetic gloop full of ingredients we can't pronounce. We want simple, trusted, deeply powerful and 100% natural ingredients that work quickly and taste amazing...
this is why we made Forza
Pronto Caffeine Bar - Increase stamina for running & cycling
Avanti - 100% Natural Salted energy bar for hydration & salt replacement | vegan
Meet Avanti... Our new sweet and salty bar is absolutely delicious, 100% vegan and gluten-free too. It's crammed full of natural energy and contains sodium to help replace the salts lost through sweat during exercise and help maintain good hydration levels, avoiding cramps when running and cycling.
Triathlete Diet - What to eat to compete
Triathlon is a challenging and time consuming sport, with three different disciplines to prepare for you will frequently be training twice a day.
It's therefore important to fuel your triathlon training by eating the right foods, at the right times, to ensure you recover sufficiently between sessions and achieve a healthy body weight and the right amount of daily calories.
We speak with Olympian, Emma Davis on what it takes to make sure you're ready on race day.
How to avoid bonking whilst cycling with natural energy foods
Struggling with bonking, or blowing-up, whilst cycling during endurance rides?
Find out why synthetic gels and bars are often the root of this sudden loss of energy and how real food prevents this much-dreaded issue - helping you perform better for longer!
Not as fun as it sounds, bonking on your bike can spell disaster for any ride or race, but is easily prevented with good natural nutrition and a well-practiced fuelling strategy.
What you put in, you get out...
An evolution of a Cyclist
How to prepare and survive an epic cycling event with good training, great natural nutrition and the right mental attitude.
We re-connect with Hans-Peter Knudsen after his transformative experience on Rapha's Cent Cols Challenge to learn more about how his riding (and thinking) has evolved.
How to choose the best cycling energy bars
When choosing the best cycling energy bars for you there are several considerations; why you are using it, when you are using it, what it will do for you and above all else the personal consideration of taste and enjoyment.
Here at Veloforte we believe the best energy bars are those that deliver natural fuel in a tasty, powerful and delicious way that can be easily digested and absorbed by your body.
In this post we look at what makes the best bars for you.
The Long Road to the High Road - Pt IV: Haute Route Stelvio
Mid-way towards his key event later this year, the Haute Route Iron, we catch up with Jim Cotton as he competes in the Haute Route Stelvio... 225km of Italian mountain passes, racking up a quad shaking 8,600m of ascent.
Keeping it simple is the order of the day for his nutrition and pacing when climbing these iconic mountains in Italy.
The truth about sugar: Why is it important for athletes?
Say the word ‘sugar’ and it conjures up some common themes; there is a perception that sugar is bad for us, that it contributes to weight gain and increases risk factors for health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
But the truth about sugar is that it comes in many forms, it is not just the white stuff that people heap into their tea, and sugar itself is not the problem...
It is all about timing.
Best carbs for cycling & running to keep your stomach happy
We know when your stomach is churning that you can’t enjoy your training and you won’t perform to your best either.
So, if you’ve suffered the indignity of a dash behind a tree, we understand your need. We also know it doesn’t have to be this way!
We’ve spoken to Will Girling, head nutritionist at ONE Pro Cycling & TREK Drops about how real, natural food can fuel your performance, helping you to feel and perform better.