Creatine for road cyclists: how it works and how to take it

Chances are you’ve heard of creatine supplements before. While more usually associated with bodybuilders or footballers, the use of creatine is also fairly common among track cyclists, especially those in the sprint disciplines. So does creatine supplementation also have a role for road cyclists? Dietitian Alan McCubbin investigates. What is creatine and how does it …


Pickle juice, the cure for muscle cramps?

The exact cause of muscle cramps is not well understood and the cure is possibly more of a mystery. Many snake oils have been marketed to fitness fanatics, however new research, anecdotes and products have seen pickle juice on the rise as one of the most effective remedies. Does it work? Our diet and nutrition …


Improving performance with bicarb soda: how it works and how to do it

For years now, cyclists and other athletes have been using sodium bicarbonate in an attempt to legally improve performance. So just how does this household baking ingredient work in a sporting context and how effective is it? And if you’re going to take it, what’s the best way to go about it? Dietitian Alan McCubbin …


Sports supplements and accidental doping – how big is the risk?

The vast majority of professional cyclists take nutritional supplements of some kind and they certainly aren’t alone – many amateur riders do as well. But according to several riders that have been accused of doping in recent years, nutrition supplements can often be to blame for a positive test. So is that the case, or …


Five nutrition myths debunked

Cycling is filled with many wives tales and there’s no shortage of inaccurate nutritional advice that’s been spread over the decades. In this post, dietitian Alan McCubbin debunks some of those myths by looking at the research. 1) If some is good, more must be better Athletes make this assumption about most nutrients. I’ve seen many a …


Why you should think twice before trying a low-carb high-fat diet

As cyclists, we all know how important nutrition and diet are in ensuring we’re appropriately fuelled for our rides. And it’s no surprise that nutrition trends, like low-carb/high-fat diets (LCHF), catch the eye of cyclists — claims of easy weight-loss and limitless energy are hard to ignore. But as Dr José Areta writes, there’s scant …


Intermittent fasting for cyclists: does it work and should you try it?

Every year there’s a couple of diet trends that grab the public’s attention. If 2013 was paleo year, 2014 in Australia was all about Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) and Intermittent Fasting, otherwise known as the 5:2 diet. We’ve previously covered LCHF diets and cycling performance, so in this article sports dietitian Alan McCubbin takes …


Cycling and Type 1 Diabetes: how the pros manage

Ride, eat, sleep, repeat. That’s how many of us would love to live. The freedom to ride (or race) our bike whenever we want, to eat what we want (within reason) and to get a good night’s sleep before doing it all again. Sure, there are family commitments, work and other demands on our time. …


Your training questions answered with Dig Deep Coaching: part three

Over the past few months we’ve been working with the team at Dig Deep Coaching to help answer your questions about training, nutrition and more. In this third instalment Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep answer another bunch of your questions, providing insight that everyone can benefit from.

Finding the sweet spot with sports nutrition

So often the mentality in nutrition (and particularly sports nutrition) is “if some is good, more must be better”. If one protein shake helps recovery, then three will make my recovery three times as good. Fluid prevents dehydration and improves performance, so let’s guzzle down as much as possible. But as sports dietician Alan McCubbin …


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