Eat Well, Ride Well
Something that makes a big difference to riding is nutrition; eating and drinking the right things at the right time.
Here are a few tips on nutrition which can help you get the best out of your body and mind when out on the bike.
When doing a race or a big ride, ideally a meal 2-3 hours before you start is the way to go. Obviously it's not always easy to plan your meals around riding, especially when you train or race early in the morning, but try your best. If doing a ride in the morning, have a smaller meal, then eat more food during the ride than you would in the afternoon.
When going out for a ride, it's always better to pack more fluids and food than you think you might need. It's better to have too much than too little. Camelbacks are a handy way of making sure you have enough fluid, there's nothing worse than drinking out of a muddy drink bottle!
Drink and eat on a ride or in a race before you are thirsty or hungry; if you wait until you're desperate, those hills will start to seem bigger and bigger. Try to remember to sip a drink every 10-15 minutes, and remind your riding buddies to do the same.
Try to make these simple tips a part of your cycling routine. Nutrition is essential to getting the best out of your body and making cycling that much more enjoyable.