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Recently a team asked if we had any cold weather riding tips and whether they should fuel with gels and bars rather than drinks for their base miles when the temperature drops.  When it gets very cold, riders tend not to be so thirsty and sometimes bottles can even freeze which creates more practical obstacles.  However, cold weather riding and modern living conditions can create challenges to hydration status that may have implications from the ability to burn fat to how easy it is to keep fingers warm. Many years ago, I remember working with a Sport Scientist/nutritionist at a...

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At the end of a recent nutrition talk I did for a cycle club, someone asked me what was the most important of my recommendations for winter.  Optimising Vitamin D levels was my number one recommendation for a number of reasons.  Not least that levels in the general population (certainly in the UK and other northern countries) are now so low that they are becoming a major health concern. Whilst sports people might be expected to spend more time in the sun, enabling the skin to synthesis vitamin D through ultraviolet (UVB) radiation exposure, research shows that most still have...

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