Fuel for the work required: here’s how to match what you eat to your training

If you’re serious about your cycling, you’ll want to maximize the benefits you get from each training session. Since each one has unique fuel demands, it makes sense to tailor your fueling plan accordingly.

That’s the idea behind the mantra ‘fuelling for the work required’ (FFTWR), named after a landmark paper by sports scientists Dr Sam Impey and Professor James Morton at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). In the paper – Fuel for the work required: a practical approach to amalgamating train-low paradigms for endurance athletes – the two scientists described a new strategy that marked a paradigm shift in sports nutrition. It helped Team Sky (now Ineos Grenadiers) and Chris Froome win the 2016 Tour de France and has since been adopted by many professional and amateur cyclists.

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