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  1. To determine your race nutrition strategies consider what your race goals are. Are you there to podium or are you just aiming to participate and finish the race? This will influence the intensity that you ride, the time on your saddle, and therefore the type and quantity of food that you need as well as how you pace your intake. Day before the race: During the 24 hours before the race, eat foods that are high in carbohydrate, moderate in protein, low in fat and fibre so that they don’t sit heavily in your stomach. There are many options besides pasta that you can choose such as rice with a tomato-based chicken stew, chicken or ostrich burger on a sourdough roll, couscous with chicken, fish or lean meat in a soy and honey sauce with rice noodles.Keep up with your fluids over the course of the day so that you start the race well-hydrated. If you are struggling with a lack of appetite due to nerves, fluids can be a valuable source of carbohydrate at this time. Pre-race meal Carbohydrate is the most important component of your pre-race meal so should form the basis for this meal. It doesn’t necessarily matter in what form you eat it, but it should preferably be easily-digestible. Stick to a pre-exercise breakfast that you have used during training (refer to the 1st article), choosing a carbohydrate-rich smoothie or a pancake with a applesauce or banana and honey, if you lack appetite. Some of these will also be available in the dining marquee for days 2 and 3 of your race.Make sure to plan enough time to allow your body to digest the food before the race starts. If you have eaten your meal 2-3 hours before the race starts, top up with a banana or gel on the start line and sip your carbohydrate drink. Caffeine timing If during training you found that caffeine helps your performance, having a coffee roughly one hour before you start racing and topping up after about 3 hours with a gel/bar containing caffeine can be a strategy. Coke will also be available on route so later in the day can be a great pick-me-up. If you don’t usually drink coffee in the morning, you can add caffeine (from a gel/ bar/ drink) 2-3 hours into the race to help you get to the finish. Note that if you are extremely sensitive to caffeine it can make you more nervous and agitated and can negatively affect your performance so don’t try anything new on race day. On the bike Nibbling on snacks and drinking sports drinks throughout the day will help you maintain your energy levels. Here are some additional pointers:Consider your taste preferences. You may want to start the day with sweeter options, changing to salty or sour tastes for later on in the race. Biltong (also a source of protein), bananas (potassium), baby potatoes with salt , trail mix (dried fruit, coconut, nuts) marmite sandwiches and commercial electrolyte solutions, are great sources of electrolytes. Consider what is coming ahead in the race. For example before a flat section a sandwich can be just the snack you need whereas before a tough climb, a gel or sip of your carbohydrate drink will sit more comfortably. Stay hydrated. When planning your fluid intake, keep in mind that there are three water stops each day which provide water, coke and sachets of rehydrate to help reduce your load. Make sure everything you take with you is suitable to be stored for 3 days. There is a risk of an upset stomach with food that is not properly refrigerated. There are options available along the route which you can use to supplement what you are carrying: Ripe bananas Orange slices Watermelon Marmite sandwiches Boiled baby potatoes Recovery and preparation for Day 2 and 3 In a multistage event such as this, it is vitally important to repair, refuel, rehydrate so that you can get on the bike and race again the following day. Within 30 minutes of getting off the bike, top up with either a flavoured milk drink, a smoothie, a sandwich/ crackers with tuna, chicken, or peanut butter, or biltong plus fruit and fluid, and then choose a meal from the dining marquee that is high in carbohydrate, moderate in protein and low in fat. Dine ….and Wine? If your participation is more on a social level, make sure that you first eat properly and rehydrate with non-alcoholic drinks before having that glass of wine (or beer). This is because alcohol interferes with your recovery and may negatively affect some vital skills (e.g., balance, coordination, strength, power, local muscular endurance, speed and cardiovascular endurance) needed when navigating a challenging race like this.Good luck and enjoy your ride! The Food Lover's Market Wines2Whales entry competition Food Lover's Market recently held a competition to win a team entry to the Wines2Whales Shiraz event taking place from 2 to 4 November. The winner of the team entry has now been announced here.
  2. Winner Week 1 The winner for this week is Hilton Rossenrode. Congratulations!There is still one more FNB Wines2Whales entry up for grabs so let us know what fuels your ride! The FNB Wines2Whales Race takes place from 3-5 November 2017 with each stage covering 70-80km. The race kicks off from the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, and finishes at the Onrust Caravan Park, just outside Onrus. FLM will be providing food, snacks and other essentials in the Race Village at the Food Lover’s Market Rider Dining Marquee, as well as at all water points along the route. We have the perfect fuel for you to have the ride of your life. How to enterYou can submit your entry on Facebook or Instagram: To enter on Facebook, simply post your "ride fuel" photo with the hashtag #FLMFuelYourRide as a comment to the Bike Hub page post here. To enter on Instagram, simply post a photo of your "ride fuel" with the hashtag #FLMFuelYourRide and tag @foodloversmarket. Don't forget that your Instagram profile needs to be public for us to view your post, and be eligible for the competition. If you win, you will get to make your trek through the mountains and winelands in one of the most scenic cycle races in the world. Entries have sold out so this is your last chance! So, grab your bike, get pedaling and make Food Lover’s Market your go to choice when your energy needs a top up. See you at the race! The two FNB Wines2Whales Race entries will be given away over a two week period with one lucky winner announced at the end of each week.Week 1: 6 to 12 October 2017, winner announced on 13 October 2017 at 12pm Winner: Hilton Rossenrode Week 2: 13 to 19 October 2017, winner announced on 20 October 2017 at 12pm Winner: Cuan Rootman View full competition Terms & Conditions on the Food Lover's Market website here.
  3. Are you up for a challenge? Food Lover's Market have got three FNB Wines2Whales team entries to give away in their 2016 LOVE THE BIKE competition. Click here to view the article
  4. Food Lover’s Market is the official food sponsor of the FNB Wines2Whales. Not only will they be making sure that riders are fuelled up on the most delicious and nutritious food, but they are also giving those who missed the chance to ride their way to a 2016 W2W team entry! Simply sign up on lovethebike.com using your Strava account and start logging your rides! You could be just a few (hundred) kilometers away from a ride in one of SA’s most exciting MTB stage races. We have 3 distance based categories with a 2016 FNB W2W Ride team entry up for grabs in each category: Men – Most kilometers ridden over the 21 day period. Women – Most kilometers ridden over the 21 day period. Lucky Draw – Burn at least 6000 calories over the period to qualify for this lucky draw category. Competition dates: 1 - 21 September 2016 Find out more and enter here: lovethebike.com Weekly Spot Prizes Each week we've got a R1,000 Food Lover's Market voucher up for grabs. Anyone who has signed up on lovethebike.com using their Strava account is eligible for these lucky draws.
  5. The competition focussed around three challenges: Distance: How many kilometers could you cover on a bike in 3 weeks. Prize awarded to the entrant with the most kilometers on a bike. Duration: How many hours could you clock up on a bike in 3 weeks. Prize awarded to the entrant with the most hours spent on a bike (moving time). Calories: How many calories could you burn in 3 weeks on a bike? Prize awarded based on a lucky draw for all who burn 3000 or more calories. Here are some statistics from the competition:Challenge Duration: 22 days (14 September - 5 October 2015) Total riding time logged: 296 days 10 hours Total distance covered: 146 658 km Total calories burnt: 4 485 727 See the final leaderboards at www.lovethebike.com Our winners for 2015 There were a number of familiar faces (names) from the 2014 edition of LoveTheBike and once again, true to the name of the challenge, there was a lot of bike loving done by all. Overall prizesDistance Ham D Kuys - 2,835.75 km Duration Michael Potton - 4 days, 13h 22m Calories (Lucky draw) Werner Pieterson - 7102.12 calories Well done to you all and thank you to everyone who took part in this great competition. See you in the Food Lover's Market tent at Wine2Whales! Weekly spot prizes (in case you missed it) Each week we had 3 x R1000 Food Lover's Market vouchers up for grabs. Anyone who had signed up on www.lovethebike.com using their Strava account was eligible for these lucky draws.Week 1 Winners: Johannes Meyer Chris Knight Andreas Pyper Week 2 Winners: Albert Retief Marcus Marinus Candice Doyle Week 3 Winners: Rebecca Sands Sebastian Dockter Sheldon Brown
  6. Just over three weeks ago the second Food Lover's Market LoveTheBike Challenge kicked off. With three entries to the 2015 Wines2Whales Ride on offer we saw some pretty fierce competition. Click here to view the article
  7. Food Lover’s Market is the official food sponsor of the FNB Wines2Whales. Not only will we be making sure that all the riders are fuelled up on the most delicious and nutritious food, but we will also be giving other MTB enthusiasts the chance to ride their way into a 2015 W2W team entry! Show us that you’ve got the chops to handle one of SA’s most exciting MTB stage races! All you need to do is log in through STRAVA and get training! Competition dates: Monday, 14th September 2015 - Monday, 5th October 2015 Only cycling activities logged during these dates will be included We have 3 different categories and a team entry up for grabs in each category:Distance covered – clock up as many kilometres on your bike as humanely possible! You can use a road bike, but just remember there are no road bikes at W2W so train on the right bike! Calories burnt – Burn at least 3000 calories over the 3 weeks to qualify for this lucky draw category. Remember to eat a healthy balanced diet in conjunction with your training. There will be no power in your legs if you haven’t fuelled up first! Hours on bike – rack up those hours! You may not be the fastest or the lightest, but perseverance and determination will win this category! Enter now and start training Weekly Spot Prizes Each week we've got 3 x R1000 Food Lover's Market vouchers up for grabs. Anyone who has signed up on www.lovethebike.com using their Strava account is eligible for these lucky draws.Week 1 Winners: Johannes Meyer Chris Knight Andreas Pyper Week 2 Winners: Albert Retief Marcus Marinus Candice Doyle Week 3 Winners: Rebecca Sands Sebastian Dockter Sheldon Brown
  8. If you're up for a challenge, Food Lover's Market have got three entries up for grabs plus plenty of awesome spot prizes for just participating! Click here to view the article
  9. Food Lover’s Market is the official food sponsor of the FNB Wines2Whales. Not only will we be making sure that all the riders are fuelled up on the most delicious and nutritious food, but we will also be giving other MTB enthusiasts the chance to ride their way into a 2014 W2W Ride team entry! Click here to enter. Show us that you’ve got the chops to handle one of SA’s most exciting MTB stage races! All you need to do is log in through STRAVA (Free GPS activity tracker) and get training! There are 3 different categories and a team entry up for grabs in each category: 1. Distance covered – clock up as many kilometres on your bike as humanely possible! You can use a road bike, but just remember there are no road bikes at W2W so train on the right bike! 2. Calories burnt – blaze through as many calories as you can without evaporating! Remember to eat a healthy balanced diet in conjunction with your training. There will be no power in your legs if you haven’t fuelled up first! 3. Hours on bike – rack up those hours! You may not be the fastest or the lightest, but perseverance and determination will win this category! Questions and Answers:1. What dates is the contest running? Competition dates are 19 August 2014 - 18 September 2014. Only cycling activities logged during these dates will be included. 2. Are all my Strava activities included? Only cycling activities that are not marked as "Private" in Strava will be included. Additionally any manually input activities will be excluded as these figures cannot be verified. 3. How will you monitor strava, isn't it quite easy to cheat? In addition to the measures above and Strava's built in flagging features, we'll also verify the activities of the various category winners before finalising the results. 4. Can I log my gym bike workout as a session? You can log stationary bike sessions, however this would have to be recorded by a device (Smartphone, Heart Rate Monitor or GPS). No manually input activities will be included in your total. Note that these activities will only contribute towards your total duration and calories (device dependant), but not distance is it cannot be consistently measured across different trainers and stationary bikes. 5. What happens if a person wins more than one category? In the event of someone winning more than one category the prize will go to the next eligible competitor that is closest in either category measured by the percentage of the category winner's result within each category. 6. If I join this competition late will it pick up my previous workouts? Yes, all past workouts which meet the criteria outlined earlier and fall in the competition period will be automatically imported even if you join up late.
  10. Fancy an entry into the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales Ride? If you're up for a challenge, Food Lover's Market have got three entries up for grabs. You've got 30 days to rack up as many kilometres, calories or hours as you can. The winner in each category will earn themselves a team entry (and a nice bit of fitness as a bonus). Click here to view the article
  11. Mountain bikers taking part in the 2013 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events can look forward to a feast of note with Food Lover’s Market being the Official Food Supplier of these much loved MTB events. Click here to view the article
  12. According to Brian Coppin, Managing Director of the Fruit & Veg City Holdings, the FNB W2W MTB event is truly inspirational as it encapsulates some of the core values that the Fruit & Veg City Group aspires, namely passion and perseverance. “We are proud to be a platinum sponsor as we feel that good health and wellness is essential - if we could get more South Africans cycling and eating fresh and nutritious food, we would have far healthier business executives. We're just very happy to do our bit. Our primary goal is to ensure that every single entrant is well fed and fuelled for the race ahead. As a brand, we are passionate about the nutritional properties of food and, in particular, fresh produce. The FNB W2W MTB events is a platform for us to talk nutrition, wellness and health to all our consumers - it's an opportunity we relish,” says Coppin. “We have always been a very active company and encourage a bit of healthy competition,” continues Coppin. “Rugby, and of course mountain biking are all activities we enjoy together as staff. My brother, Mike (Coppin), and I have always encouraged this as it fosters team spirit and good health which also leads to increased productivity. Personally, I have felt that the event is great for personal growth. You truly are dealt some hard lessons while doing the training and the event - but you don't mind it at all as the event is so well run, the scenic trails of Grabouw are incredible and the spirit between teams is inspiring”.
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