Sodium is a main electrolyte found in sweat and plays an important role in fluid balance in the body and in athletes’ performance. Sodium loss can vary a lot between individuals and is also pretty stable within an individual too. How do you determine if you are a salty sweater and how much sodium should you consume to keep hydration levels optimized? One thing is certain, and that is the issue of correct hydration and fluid replacement for athletes, so let’s examine this.
During the spring and summer of 2020 I’ve been using and testing the Voom Nutrition energy bars and their super tasty “Recovery Fudge” protein bar. Best of all, they’re more than a replacement for the Mars Bars and I’ve seen my power levels maintained on both long rides and shorter but harder rides. How can they benefit your own cycling?
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JUBILEE TOWER, ABBEYSTEAD
A classic Lancashire cycling route
This short but rewarding road cycling route in Lancashire takes you into the hills and open countryside, visiting the climb of Jubilee Tower before descending back to the village of Garstang. It’s a route for an easy evening or to lik in to a longer ride in rural Lancashire.
Distance: 24 miles
Ascent: 1,550 feet
Refreshments: FiG Tree Fairtrade Cafe at Garstang or The Priory at Scorton.
Character: A gently undulating climb to a high and wild moor, topped by a preposterous folly. Sensational views in clear weather, with the Welsh, Manx and Lakeland hills spanning the westward horizon.
1. Head out of Garstang on the Lancaster Road (i.e. pedal North).
2. Turn right at the mini-roundabout into Green Lane East and gain a narrow lane barred to cars.
3. Turn right at the end and meander through the meadows of Wyresdale to the village of Scorton.
4. Turn right at the Priory into Snow Hill Lane and climb over the M6 and into the Forest of Bowland AONB. The sassier lasses round these parts buy tee shirts such that the words “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” undulate across their chests.
5. Turn left at the top and follow a high terrace, dodging jaywalking pheasants as you go.
6. Another left turn at the end (no signage) then pay heed to the Ford sign as it can reach respectable depth and the surface is rather too cobbled for hitting at high speed on skinny tyres.
7. Drop to the main Scorton-Abbeystead road and turn right. Follow this up a series of rises until a steep pull out of narrow gulch where the road runs parallel to a stream.
8. At the top of this climb, turn left (unsigned) to a spectacular, winding descent into Abbeystead.
9. Turn left and then, where the road turns 90 degrees to the left, go straight on, signposted “Quernmore 5”
10. Climb through plover and hare country, turning left at the top to the Tower. Look on the verge on the right for the memorial to cyclist Peter Nowell.
11. Plunge to Quernmore Crossroads, turning left. Try to combine admiring the view with staying in the saddle on the hairpin.
12. Follow the switchback southwards, re-crossing the motorway on Whams Lane
13. Left at the bottom will take you into the hamlet of Hollins Lane, convergence with the A6 and the homeward leg