Seems that biking, even a lot of it, doesn't allow you to eat anything and everything you want. I'm sorry to be the one to bring you the bad news.
"You're trying to eat 5,000 to 8,000 calories a day," he added. "That's not so hard if you're eating a Big Mac -- or 12. But you'll pay for it later. The key is consuming all those calories and eating healthy, too. For a competitive cyclist looking for an optimum performance, you need to watch what you eat."
The right timing of meals and the right combination of food and drink may mean the difference between a podium finish and a spot back in the pack.
In the past decade, cycling nutrition has become increasingly scientific. Each professional team relies on doctors and nutritionists to help its athletes get the most out of their muscles.
"Cyclists definitely need a significant amount of calories, but it's not just the quantity but where they get those calories," explained Braun. "Typically, they're eating very large portions very frequently, and every food they choose packs something into their bodies."
It's not unusual for a pro cyclist to down the whole box of cereal at breakfast (with fruit and yogurt, too) and four sandwiches for lunch.