There is however another breed of cyclist, the tea shop tourist, who would view the idea of entering a 25 mile Time Trial or a city centre Criterium with horror. This article is aimed at cyclists such as these.
I am on a diet!!
I know this because my wife told me .
Hence getting the right balance between input and output is I am told vital.
I also love numbers and among the stream of data that my Garmin Edge 800 feeds to me as I pedal along is one that shows how many calories I have burnt off. Now obviously as cyclists we do not want to suffer the dreaded bonk ( see Nutritional Breakdown ) where all our energy resources become totally depleted; and so, eating cake should be regarded as a necessity and NOT as a luxury or reward. So, in order to give you some guidance on the stuff you should be eating in order to maintain your nutritional balance, I have pulled together the following table from which you can pick and mix.
Toasted Tea Cake with butter 370 cals
Plain Scone 140 cals
Fruit Scone 150 cals
Jam and Cream with scone LOTS
Mince Pie 320 cals
Flap jack 335 cals
Slice of Lemon drizzle 399 cals
Choc raspberry brownie 390 cals
Victoria sponge 599 cals
Rich fruit cake 780 cals
Tara Carrot Cake with Cream 986 cals
Now obviously, one needs sufficient energy resources to get home from the tea shop, so you need to make due allowance for that in the amount of cake you consume.
I hope that these guidelines will stop you from fading away when you next go out on a general meander on your bike.