The Training Foodie’s peanut butter oat slice

Brittany Lindores is an Australian competitive cyclist who, following a bike crash in 2010, was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and a gluten and dairy intolerance. The diagnoses changed not only her diet, but her a lifestyle in general. Food preparation became a big part of her daily routine and sparked an interest in the science […]


Five nutrition myths debunked

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, dietitian Alan McCubbin debunks some of those myths by looking at the research. 1) If some is good, more must be better Athletes make this assumption about most nutrients. I’ve seen many a […]


Carbo load with Valentina Scandolara’s pumpkin ravioli

Pro cyclist Valentina Scandolara may have been riding for the Australian Orica-AIS team for the past few years but she is all Italian. Her love for food and cooking included. Earlier this year, we featured her mother’s famous sbrisolona (Italian cookie) recipe, and now Valentina was kind enough to share one of her own favourite […]

Skip the gels with 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 it’s just as easy, healthy and fun to make your own sports nutrition products from scratch. In […]


Training and nutrition for the post-menopausal athlete

When we ran Dr. Sims’ first article, “Women are not small men: How gender dictates nutritional needs during training and recovery,” the comment section blew up with great discussion and mostly questions about women post-menopause. Dr. Sims kindly follows up in this month’s column. If there’s other topics of interest you’d like to see Dr. […]


Women are not small men: How gender dictates nutritional needs during training and recovery

We consider it a major coup to have landed Dr. Stacy T. Sims, MSc, PhD, as a monthly columnist for Ella CyclingTips. Sims has contributed to the environmental exercise physiology and sports nutrition field for more than 15 years as both an athlete and a scientist. The chief research officer/co-founder of Osmo Hydration, Dr. Sims […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Andre Greipel wins stage 1 of the Tour de Luxembourg; In wake of BBC doping expose, WADA says it is exploring claims the biological passport is flawed; Bardiani-CSF quits MPCC over Giro d’Italia cortisol case; Evans on Porte’s Giro and more; Orica-GreenEdge backing Caleb Ewan […]


Why you should think twice before trying a low-carb high-fat diet

As cyclists, we all know how important nutrition and diet are in ensuring we’re appropriately fuelled for our rides. And it’s no surprise that nutrition trends, like low-carb/high-fat diets (LCHF), catch the eye of cyclists — claims of easy weight-loss and limitless energy are hard to ignore. But as Dr José Areta writes, there’s scant […]


Homemade granola with Mara Abbott’s dad Dave

Having made this granola countless times since Mara first shared her dad’s recipe with me five years ago, I can attest to its deliciousness. I’m happy she’s chosen to pass it along to all of you. Dave Abbott’s granola kick-starts our weekly recipe series. Why recipes? Because cyclists like to eat – and because our […]


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 […]