Alan McCubbin

Hydration for cyclists: how much do we really need to drink?

Summer is here in Australia and staying hydrated on the bike is as important as ever. In fact, for years we’ve been bombarded with messages about hydration and performance – “lose more than 2% of your body weight and your performance will decline by x%” or words to this effect. It’s become burnt into the […]

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DIY Sports Nutrition

When you’re heading out for a ride it’s easy to grab a couple of bars or gels and shove them in your jersey pockets. They’re convenient and perfectly packaged for easy consumption when you’re enjoying your ride. But for a variety of reasons there’s a number of cyclists who’d prefer to make their own sports […]

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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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Beetroot juice: good science or great marketing hype?

No doubt you’ve seen, heard of or tried beetroot juice as a sports supplement. It’s been around for a few years now. Mark Cavendish coined the hashtag #pissingrainbow to describe the effect it had on his urine (it goes an orangey-pink colour, which is normal and harmless), and professional cyclist Jade Wilcoxson founded Pure Clean […]

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Sports nutrition supplements : untangling the science and the hype

For as long as competitive cycling has been around, riders have been looking for ways to improve their performance, to gain an edge over their competitors. One popular method is the use of sports nutrition supplements. In this first part of a two-part series, sports nutritionist Alan McCubbin takes us through the life-cycle of sports […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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Hydration for cyclists: how much do we really need to drink?

Summer might be finished here in Australia but staying hydrated on the bike is as important as ever. In fact, for years we’ve been bombarded with messages about hydration and performance – “lose more than 2% of your body weight and your performance will decline by x%”, or words to this effect. It’s become burnt […]

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Caffeine and cycling: social accessory or performance enhancer?

The café is a social highlight of many a bunch ride. Very few cyclists don’t like coffee, and even fewer will publicly admit it to their mates. But what effect does all that caffeine have on your cycling performance? As well as coffee we’ve got access to Coke, caffeinated gels, sports drinks, tablets and energy […]

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