Food Diary with Loïc Vliegen
Whether it’s on-race or training, our riders clock well over a thousand hours on their BMC Switzerland bikes every year, so it’s important that they are properly fueled for the ride.
At our most recent January training camp, we caught up with Loïc Vliegen to discover what a typical day’s worth of food looks like…
- Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
- Total KMs: 200km
- Total kcal output on the bike: 5,101
- Total approximate kcal intake: 3,820
- Approximate Calorie Intake: 800
For breakfast, I had an omelette with two eggs, ham and cheese and then three slices of bread. I decided not to eat that much as even though I knew it was going to be a long day of training, I prefer to eat something directly on the bike.
- Approximate Calorie Intake: 1550
To give my body another boost of energy for the beginning of the ride, I had a malto[dextrin] drink from PowerBar. Normally, I try to eat every hour on the bike usually something like a rice bar made by one of our soigneurs or a PowerBar bar. Then, I drink a two or three PowerBar drinks, either a malto or an isotonic drink, as well as plenty of water.
- Approximate Calorie Intake: 470
As soon as I got back from training, I had my PowerBar recover drink which helped me to start refueling immediately. It was a big day of training, and I didn’t get back to the hotel until 16:30 so, with dinner just three hours later, I decided not to go to lunch. Instead, I went to the food room, which is looked after by one of our soigneurs and something that we have at every training camp and race, to grab some muesli, yogurt, and fruit.
- Approximate Calorie Intake: 1000
Our team chefs make some amazing food including pasta dishes. Their carbonara is always a team favorite. On this evening, to prepare my body for another long ride the next day, I had some pasta as well as some salad and various vegetables and I didn’t take dessert.