Alan McCubbin

High-fat, low-carb diets: how to try one for yourself

In the first part of this two-part series, Joe McQuillan and Alan McCubbin introduced us to high-fat, low-carbohydrate (HFLC) diets and compared two athletes who were about to start a HFLC diet. In the second and final part in this series our authors show how the two athletes responded to their diets and show you […]


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 […]


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). Like many supplements before it, beetroot juice has […]


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 […]


Periodised Nutrition – Why Timing is Everything

With the majority of big events over for 2012, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s goals. Many cyclists will be starting to think about the races and events they plan to target, sitting down with their coaches and working out their training plans for 2013.


Five Sports Nutrition Myths

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 Alan McCubbin (Next Level Nutrition) dispels some of those myths by looking at the research.


Grand Tour Nutrition

With the Giro in full swing and Le Tour on the horizon, I thought I’d take a different path for this nutrition post. It’s one thing preparing your nutrition plan for a single day race. It’s tougher for a week-long stage race. But nutrition for the grand tours is something else. Optimising performance and recovery, […]


Protein For Cyclists

We’ve all be taught that protein is important for recovery when training but there are lots of questions surrounding how much, when, and what type to take after a ride. In this article our nutritional expert Alan McCubbin talks about protein for cyclists answers all these questions with the research that’s out there.


Keeping you cool on the bike – A role for nutrition?

If you’re like me you’re more than happy that summer’s arrived. But whether you’re training or competing, you probably already appreciate the difference the heat can make to your performance. What you might not know is that there’s some interesting nutrition science that’s investigating how we can maximise performance in the heat, and it’s very […]


The Pursuit Of Leanness

A few months back I wrote about weight loss for cyclists, for those trying to shed some unwanted kilos. But there’s also a group of cyclists who always struggle to gain weight, or those cyclists (and coaches) who become obsessed with weight loss at all costs. This raises the question of how much weight can […]