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  • Show your Bike some TLC this Valentine’s Day

    VALENTINES DAY BLOG

    Valentines Gifts

    13th Feb, 2018

    Love it or hate it, this particular date (14.02) comes around like clockwork every year – and like many other promotional dates, the hype is getting bigger and bigger.  Whether you’re drowning in abundance of chocolates and flowers, or dodging Cupid’s Arrow – don’t forget your truly greatest love – your bike.

    We’ve gathered some ways for you to ‘woo’ your bike the Valentine’s Day:

    1. Get Soapy!  Whilst the worst of the Winter weather is done with, set some dedicated time aside to focus on the wellbeing of your bike; grit and mud will have taken its toll on your poor bike – so dig out the brushes and some nice smelly soaps and make your bike do a bunny hop with some rough lovin’…
    2. Get in all the Nooks and Cranny’s…  Make your bike rise and shine with a polish to spouse up any scratches.
    3. Lube it Up!  You can never have too much of the good stuff – and it avoids the risk of friction between the pair of you.
    4. Splurge on It.  Go big or go home – or accessories with a little bling; it’s the thought that counts really.
    5. Listen to It.  I know you can hear it, but are you really listening...  Don’t be guilty of selective hearing when it comes to any rattles.
    6. Use Protection.  It saves the both of you a lot of cleaning up!  Mud guards are a must.
    7. Dress to Impress!   Get yourself a gift; match your kit to your bike this year and show your bike off with some custom complementary kit.
    8. Take It on a Date.  It’s cheap too!  Go a for some rumble (maybe not any tumbles) around your favourite trails and top it off with some coffee and cake. Mmmm.
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  • Custom Jersey: Product Spec

    PRODUCT SPEC

    Jersey Specification

    So many people are weary when ordering custom jerseys, due to the  cost implication, the risk of potential error - because you can't return personalised kit (when it's your own mistake) and the general result of the printed garment; quality, durability, etc...  That's why we thought, it's best to lay all the details on the line and comfort you with the information to help aid your decision to jump in with both feet and design something spectacular for your team/ club, event - whatever the reason for some custom kit.

     

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    • High Collar
    • Concealed YKK Zip (available in two lengths): 3/4 and full.
    • Sleeves (available in two lengths): short or long
    • Lycra Cuff option available on long sleeves
    • Race Fit option (sculpted panels for aerodynamics)
    • 3 rear elasticated pockets (zipped media pocket option)
    • Silicone Gripper option

     

     

     

    Our Protocol:

    Once your initial enquiry has been made and the design process has began; we ensure artwork is of a suitable format in order to achieve the highest print quality achievable (we want the best outcome, just like you).  In order to save us time and the customer money - we advise on what artwork to supply here before things become time consuming and costly. After a digital visual has been approved we then send you a mini fabric sample for you to approve, just one last time - because you can never to too careful.  The mini sample gives you an indication of how colour and logo position will look on a full size garment, before sending to print.

    As soon as you receive the sample and give us the go ahead - your design is straight into print, using all our in-house machinery.  All in, the turnaround time is approx. 2 weeks from sample approval.  We ship free of charge to 1 UK mainland address, on a next day delivery, with email notification - because we know how torturous the excitement is waiting by the door for the Postman.

    A lot of the worry of ordering custom jerseys also lies with the location of the manufacturer.  We can assure you all of our production work is completed under one roof, in Falkirk - Central Scotland.  We have a small team of seamstresses who just work in the next town; we have a very cherished relationship with them and their skill set is like no other we have encountered before.

    You're in safe hands with us at The Cycle Jersey.

    You can find more details about our industry success and manufacturing development by clicking right - here.

     

     

     

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  • 2018 Road, MTB, Enduro and Gravel Events

    2018 EVENTS

    2018 Road, MTB, Enduro and Gravel Events

    9th Mar, 2018

    AHHHHH!!  I don't quite know if I'm screaming in disbelief that 2018 is already 39 days in!  (I should not have Googled that...  I should not have done that...), or if it's because we're so freaking excited about taking on the world this year,  one pedal at a time!  I think maybe a little of both.

    Is it just us, or does it just keep getting more full on every year?  So far, almost every weekend on the 2018 calendar, from March until October is filled up and over lapping with a mixture of multi-discipline sports and various cycling and MTB/ Enduro events.  You'll need to decide carefully which events you want to tackle, because unfortunately - you can't do it all.

    That means we'll any minute now, be running around like headless chickens to get you lot kitted out!   New machines, mass printing jobs, new events to add to the workload and night shifts to finish the workload! Hhaha, it's certainly character building, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

    POC Scottish Enduro Series No Fuss Events - you know their stomping ground, Fort William?   The Outdoor Capital of the UK...  Yeah, well EWS announced 2 weeks ago that the final round of the EWS European Continental race will be hosted right there!!! Gnarly or whaaaaat!  SDA, EWS and Muckmedden  - (side note: in October the UK's ONLY EWS Qualifier event is being hosted at the Fair City Enduro) have now all officially  released their event dates and information. 

    Spaces are already filling up - but we're ok watching from the side lines.  We're very happy to have the opportunity to work with each of these event organisers again for another year.  While we're announcing the incredible event changes this year, we ma as well let you know that we're so stoked to announce that we're the manufacturers of Amstel Ride London for the second year in a row now too!

     

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  • LEJOG Cycle Route

    LEJOG BLOG HEADER

    LEJOG

    08th Feb, 2018

    So, what's the chat about LEJOG?  Or as others may know it, Lands End to John O' Groats, JOGLE, whatever you want to call it!  We've had a lot of custom made jerseys made specifically for those undertaking the challenging route, over the summer months - it's becoming such a hot spot for riders of all abilities!

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    Located in the rugged tips of South-West England, lies the first leg of the route!  Take a leisurely pedal, or give it yaldi on each route, but don't be fooled - it covers over 960 miles, of trail - total.  Whatever  you choose, do it in moderation, you don't want to burn out.  Though there are no rules or restrictions, it is not for the faint hearted.  On average it takes around 9 days to complete (around 100-130 miles a day) - I can feel my legs screaming as I type this!  And it doesn't treat you well to begin with, as the steep climbs are immediate!  The statutory route is usually as follows: Lands End to Okehampton, Okehampton to Bath, Bath to Ludlow, Ludlow to Haydock, (now you're halfway) - Haydock to Penrith, Penrith to Hamilton, Hamilton to Fort William, Fort William  to Kyle of Sutherland and lastly, Kyle of Sutherland to John O'Groats!

    The further North you get, you better hope you packed tactically!  As the towns get few and far between, the locals become ginger, intimidating and Scottish, and the weather is so unpredictable, you could experience all 4 seasons at their most extreme, in 30 minutes!  You need to expect the unexpected, so lets talk bikepacking tips:

    1.  Weight a minute!  How does your bike feel?  Do your research and join forums, don't make things harder on yourself by lugging unnecessary weight up hill and around the country.  You'll not enjoy it and it'll certainly become borderline impossible to complete your journey.

    2. Midgies! The further North you get, the bigger and badder they get! So keep your sensitive bits in completely off limits!  As mentioned previously, the weather will produce tropical results, so be prepared, don't layer up!  Your cycle attire should be performance material.  Take your skin so soft, tea lights and snoods!

    3. Take your time.  What's the rush? To be honest, with all the uphill you wont be going anywhere fast to begin with, but enjoy the views. embrace mother nature.  You're likely to encounter some mechanical issues, which will cost you time.  Don't let it deflate you're mood.

    4. You're on a 'see food, eat food' diet!  You need to keep both your energy and morale up.  Mechanical bike issues aren't always avoidable, but body issues are.   If you fail to eat every couple of hours - you're already starving without even knowing. Injuries will become more likely and although we suggest taking you're time, the ride will become a struggle rather than a leisurely pace.

    5. Buy the best.  Everyone's budgets and opinions of what does the job performance wise is different, but if you put the money in at the beginning of your trip, ensuring you have a sturdy tent, bike accessorises and clothing, you won't need to spend much at all throughout your journey.  In this case, money does buy you happiness!

    If you're about to embark on a little expedition around LEJOG, or have already been, let us know!  Send us a picture, or design you're own custom jersey to commemorate the journey!

    Here's some we made earlier :)

     

    Pro spec - Lejog

    Macmillian - Lejog

    LEJOG (Lyle and Jen)

    St Margarets Hospice (LEJOG)

     

     

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  • Rural, Rough (enough) and Rest Assured UK Cycle Routes

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    UK Cycle Routes

    08th Feb, 2018

    With cycle season just about in sight, we imagine you're already planning some  gallivanting with your bikes this year!  Charity rides, training and 'just for funing', so we had a wee nosy at some of the best cycle routes in the UK that are traffic free, long distance and right up your street!

    1. LEJOG

    Located in the rugged tips of South-West England, lies the first leg of the route!  Take a leisurely pedal, or give it yaldi on each route, but don't be fooled - it covers over 960 miles, of trail - total.  Whatever  you choose, do it in moderation, you don't want to burn out.  Though there are no rules or restrictions, it is not for the faint hearted.  On average it takes around 9 days to complete (around 100-130 miles a day) - I can feel my legs screaming as I type this!  And it doesn't treat you well to begin with, as the steep climbs are immediate!  The statutory route is usually as follows: Lands End to Okehampton, Okehampton to Bath, Bath to Ludlow, Ludlow to Haydock, (now you're halfway) - Haydock to Penrith, Penrith to Hamilton, Hamilton to Fort William, Fort William  to Kyle of Sutherland and lastly, Kyle of Sutherland to John O'Groats!

    2.  Lake District

    140 miles of Lakes and the Pennies; this journey is probably the most ridden route of all, passing from Whitehaven to Sunderland.  It's challenging, but worth the reward!  There's picture perfect views and beaches!

    3.  North Sea Scotland

    Hmm, I'm not sure many of you will do this 'just for fun'...  I recommend you pack a hip flask or 5 and make it the strong stuff!  This cycle route covers around 3,500+ miles!  Surrounding 8 countries!  It's just sounding worse, AHHH!  You'll be part of a small bunch who can say they were bad ass enough to complete it though!  Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England and Scotland are the countries you'll scoot through and take your time while you're there, say cheers to a beer and put your feet up, munch on a German hotdog and take in the breath-taking views - you'll be back in Scotland before you know it!

    4. East Anglia

    This route isn't so risky, popular amongst  beginners or for time restricted rides.  You'll dilly dally from Fakenham to Harwich (163 miles).

    5. Hadrian's Cycleway

    174 miles on your 2 wheel, leg powered machine! This route is famous for the countryside views, coastal routes and the historic Roman Forts.

    6. Tweed Cycleway

    A short (ish), downhill sweep covering approximately 89 miles from Biggar to Berwick-upon-Tweed.  You'll have a peaceful run through quiet lanes, villages and forest trails.

    7. West Country Way

    This is a biggy!  Routing a total of 252 miles through Cornwall to Somerset - don't worry though, you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop for pasties and cake to fuel up!

    8. Devon Coast to Coast

    Last, but certainly not least, this route will take you 102 miles around Plymouth beaches and Dartmoor National Park.  Following back roads and country lanes, this route is ideal for novices and families  - the wee jaunt will only take the weekend, so there's plenty of time to explore the beaches and the local life.

    9. The Yorkshire Dales (bet you just said it in the accent like I did!) haha.

    Dramatic landscape and beautiful views all around, this is a route that you can’t miss out on!  It’s a perfect rural retreat for a leisurely pedal or for some uphill training instead – you can start as you mean to go on too; because there’s plenty of village pubs and cafes to choose from and incorporate into your pit stops.  You can check out the various routes and edit to suit, right here.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Strathpuffer 2018!

    PUFFER MTB

    Strathpuffer 24h MTB Event: Another One Bites the Dust!

    01st Feb, 2018

    So it seems after last years antics the guys over here at TCJ  aren't taking on this year's puffer  -  I don't blame them, I mean, they  have done 7 in a row - absolute nutters, if you ask us!  With 14 laps covered in 12 hours between the 3 brave souls - Brian, Frazer and Lindsay, they decided amongst themselves it was best to call it a night and have a well deserved nightcap.  With it possibly being the sketchiest trail, in all the teams race history, they didn't want to be down and out for the upcoming season

    This years puffer event is right around the corner and all bodies are in full preparation (for both the ride and specific beverages which follow)!

    There's noting better than starting off the new year, by putting all that hard work and training to the test.  The guys let loose in the mountain terrains of the Scottish Highlands, in what is described as one of the top 10 Mountain Bike events in the world!  After all, it's only 17 hours of darkness, winds that blow a hooley and rain no more than an average day in Scotland..  Nothing they can't give a good old bash!

    It's got the blood pumping and the brains ticking over at TCJ headquarters - keep your eyes front for some regular updates and quality stock to follow.

    The Strathpuffer started in 2005 - it was meant to be a one off local event but somehow THIRTNEEN (ooooh, unlucky for some..)  years later it has become a national event with a legendary status

    Over the years there has been every possible type of weather conditions - gales that blew away marquees, iced roads, 2ft of snow the week before the event, temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, rain, hail and even sunshine . . . . you get the picture but then if there's going to be a 24 hour event in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter what can you expect!

    Don't forget to have a look at the official merchandise that's available at this years event; it's pretty gnarlyyy!

     

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  • Why Choose thecyclejersey

    07 _ 10 _ 2019

    TCJ: Quality, Manufacturing Development & Industry Success

    11th Jan, 2018


    At thecyclejersey (TCJ) we specialise in custom printed cycle jerseys made to your own design, as well as bespoke limited edition designs we have been able to create with the permission of the company or artist.

    Our jerseys are designed and developed to fit every kind of cyclist; from a leisurely Sunday peddler who likes a coffee and a cake (or two), to the hard-core downhill/ endurance and seriously savvy road racers.  Whatever your riding style, you need to be comfortable on the bike – that’s why we don’t compromise when it comes to manufacturing our apparel.

    Each individual jersey is developed from start to finish, by our small in house, professional team.

    TURNAROUND TIME AND DELIVERY: Imbattable, unschlagbar, imbattibile, imbattibile, oslagbar - however you say it; we literally cannot be beaten on delivery time!  From approval of artwork we promise to deliver in 2 weeks from artwork approval and recently, we've even been beating that.

    Because all of our designing and manufacturing is completed in house, it also means we're able to ship from our own premises too.  With a trusted relationship with our courier service, we deliver to our UK customers on a guaranteed 24/48 hour service, get this, FREE OF CHARGE.

    PRODUCT PRICE & RANGE:  We can confirm, that compared to who we consider competitors - we are very much so the cheapest and most genuinely priced in the market!    Our custom kit is as much as £6-21 cheaper per item when ordering in bulk.  Which brings me to minimum orders - oh wait, we don't have any!  Nor do we  charge for artwork set up.

    If you're happy now, keep reading; our custom products range from the standard and expected: road/ enduro jerseys, Windcheeta jackets, Gilets and shorts - soon to include socks and caps!

     SYSTEMS:

    From design to print, our machinery, software and staff are of the highest quality in the cycling manufacturing business.  With our software holding the capability to almost run itself, we are able to look ahead to future development.

    QUALITY MATERIAL:

    Just because our prices aren't sky high, doesn't mean our quality isn't!  Our jersey fabric is a 100% recycled polyester (from the Polyester chain) located form Belgium, that faces no boundaries when it comes to performance; constructed with a multi drying fabric that contains a unique fibre to instantly wick moisture away from the skin.

    You can read the technical bits about each of our garments here

    QUALITY MANAGEMENT:

    Our sportswear is all produced under one roof (Falkirk, central Scotland) and overseen at every stage of production by each individual of the team.  This ensures the quality of the software, machinery output and final garment results are of the most efficient and highest quality achievable.

    GOOD ENOUGH FOR:

    Our team riders!  And a few others you might have heard of?  Tracy Moseley (member of Trek Factory Enduro Team and reigning EWS World Champ) , Mark Cavendish MBE ( The Manx Missile – the most successful British cyclist overnight), and Martin Johnson (Ex England Rugby Player).

    You might also be interested in advertising your brand with us...

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  • Grand Tours 2018

    GRAND TOUR JERSEY

    Grand Tour Jerseys

    28th Jan, 2018

     

    GRAND TOUR BLOG GIROGiro d'Italia

    This year (4th May, 2018), for the first time ever - a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe!  But it's the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy; Israel has the honour of hosting the first 3 stages, kicking things off in Jerusalem with a time trial. 

    As usual, the race will consist of 21 stages: 2 individual time trials, 7 sprints, 6 medium difficulty stages and 6 high difficulty stages.  The total distance covered will be 3,546.2KM (2203.5 miles), which is approx. 168.9KM  (105 miles) a day, OUCH.  There's a nice little change for the final stage, as riders will entre beautiful Rome, an opportunity that these riders have likely never done before.

     

     

     

    GRAND TOUR BLOGTour de France

    As usual, this incredibly famous event will take place throughout the whole of July - beginning 07.07.18  until 23rd.  The 105th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of approx. 3,329km.  There's 9 new locations visited fir the first time this year.

    It's broken down into; 8 flat stages, 5 hills, 6 King of the Mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet) , 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial and 2 rest days. This year, the race includes 25 mountain climbs and the cobbles return during the 9th stage in Arras, Roubaix.

    The last curve ball is that after a 3 year absence, a TTT is back on the cards as early as stage 3.

    With Lance Armstrong (stripped of his 7 TDF wins) stated that if Chris Froome races the Tour this year he'll face a 'nightmare' - after experience on the unclear end of a doping accusation.   The  four-time title winner of the TDF is still the bookies odds to win!  The record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

    Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time?  Read how times have changed - here.

    SPAIN JERSEY VISUALVuelta a Espana

    Beginning on August 25th, the 73rd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta  will begin in Malaga - the second time since 1936  and there's no better way to start than an ITT right?!  The rumours are circulating, but the finalised route/ stage details are yet TBC this month.  Looking ahead though, there's rumours of the 2020 edition already!  Will the Vuelta go back to the future in the Netherlands...

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  • Thoughts Every Cyclist has on Christmas Day

    Thoughts Every Cyclist has on Christmas Day

    4th Dec, 2017

    1. AHHHHH ALARM FRIGHT!!!
    2. Ok breathe, everything's alright.  Now,  ride time.
    3. No wait.
    4. It’s CHRISTMASSSSS!
    5. Can I still just go for a ride anyway though?
    6. I think so.   I'll be back in a couple hours.
    7. Just get up vverryyy quietly. Like a ninja.
    8. Just slowly sneak my kit out of the wardrobe.
    9. Oh FFS!! Kids awake.
    10. Game over (for now).
    11. Let the fun commence - Santa's been, presents now,
    12. Ride later?
    13. I don't remember buying that?  Soo many presents.
    14. If I hadn’t bought so many bloody presents I could have been able to afford that kit I’ve had my eye on for months!
    15. AND a new helmet.
    16. But I’ve been good this year. Maybe the big man has bought me some.
    17. Socks.  Are you serious?
    18. Thaaaanks... Just what I’ve always wanted.
    19. There must be more presents later.
    20. Presents for me, I mean.
    21. First drink of the day, 10am isn’t too early for champers…
    22. Plus mixed with orange juice it’s healthy.
    23. Pretty much a Smoothie, technically...
    24. And it’s made with grapes. So two of my 5 a day.

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    25. How long does turkey take to cook?
    26. Long enough for me to ride while it’s in the oven?
    27. Great Escape is on.
    28. I’ll just watch 15 minutes, then ride.
    29. *two hours later*
    30. Turkey time!
    31. Great hunk of protein for my evening ride.
    32. And pigs in blankets. Good fats. Tasty fats.
    33. Fuel me up.
    34. FS. Who's washing up?

    35.  Everyone's avoiding eye contact.  That'll be my job then, AGAIN.
    36. How is it possible to have used EVERY plate and serving dish in my house?
    37. This is where the children come in handy.
    38. Mini dish washing slaves.
    39. Now… Big decision.
    40. Dr Who special
    41. Or a bit of Corrie?
    42. So gutted I didn’t get that kit.
    43. But wait.
    44. Is that one solitary present I spot at the back of the tree?
    45. It can’t be? For me?
    46. *remain calm*
    47. Casually open the present. No big deal.

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    48. YA DANCERRRRRR!! It’s the kit!
    49. OK sorry Dr Who. I’m going. Cycling, byee!
    50. Need to try out these babies.
    51. These are amazing.
    51. All my Christmas wishes have come true.
    52. I feel alive
    53. I’m definitely cycling faster than I ever have before.
    54. Actually starting to feel a bit sick.
    55. Full stomach.
    56. 12 drinks of Christmas.
    57. Cycling = bad choice.  Complete school boy error
    58. One block is far enough.
    59. Back to the sofa I think.  Puke alert.
    60. BEST. DAY. EVER.

    im drunk

     

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  • Fuel your Winter

    WINTER DIET

    Fuel your Winter: Training Diet

    3rd Nov, 2017

    The official riding season is down and out for a few months now and what might be stressful for some; Winter training is a blessing in disguise for others.  You'll have hopefully read our Winter Training blog and are well versed in how to train safely and how to dress accordinglyThe next - and arguable most important topic is food; how to eat, what to eat and when to eat.  When the harsh winter hits and the world around you starts to crumble with school closures, sick kids and blocked roads, your diet is likely to take some bashing too (and that's not including all the 'festive spirit' consumptions)! 

    Training whilst undertaking a poor diet isn't smart - it's just asking for trouble.  You've got to make sure you're getting the vital food groups and vitamins to avoid tiredness and lack of release in endorphins - remember; when you exercise your body releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy!  We've established that time is of the essence around this time of year, so as applied to most things in the cycling world - plan ahead.  Don't depend solely on protein as your main fuel source -  carbs and fats are your friend, only when these are hard to come by do you depend on a shake.  Fat will slow the digestive process and aid recovery; keeping you fuller for longer.

    Here's a few bits to add to your next shopping list:  Egg noodles, oats, eggs, lean cuts of meat/fish, Full-fat Probiotic yoghurt (mmm), bananas (your best friend), coconut/almond/cows milk, seeds and nuts mix (not too many, mind!),
    lentils/beans/pulses provide good quality proteins,  fresh, brightly coloured seasonal vegetables (Butternut squash soup or curry to warm up with after a winter ride) and brown rice/pasta.

    Now, the when to eat bit.  You should probably avoid the usual McDonalds or local pub stop.... But who am I to ruin a good ride!  Honestly though, it's not a conductive way to achieve great health...  The general rule is carb load before your ride - big lunch if you're at work, or hearty dinner at home - wait an hour or so before hitting the road and hey -presto you're good to go! Remember your recovery fuel and gels - they'll balance out your electrolytes - we've got plenty of back pocket munchies you can make and take with you on our Pinterest page.  Seriously - they're to die for!  I'd go riding more, just for an excuse to keep eating.

    Tips:

    Eat and drink up until you are home from a ride.

    The body can only utilise a small amount of protein every two hours therefore, keep protein intake small and evenly spaced throughout all daily meals/snacks.

    It’s cheaper, less time consuming and healthier to arrive home from a ride and have a glass of milk (ideally semi-skimmed or full-fat) and a banana/flapjack to aid recovery until your next mealtime than buying a protein shake.

    Staying well hydrated with water, only use sports products alongside water during training and minimal caffeine intake when not competing.

    You might also be interested in some seasonal and not so healthy recipies!

     

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