Cycling Nutrition and Hydration

Nutrition &


Making sure that you’re properly fuelled and hydrated is critical when your engine is working at max. It’s not simply about eating and drinking, it’s about getting the right nutrients and energy types into your body at the right time. If you’re thirsty, then it’s probably too late and worse still, it can take 24 hours to recover from dehydration. You need to keep the body at an optimum level of performance, and that means taking on board the right products and drinks as you ride.

Our team of athletes and writers test and review their own personal favourites, so that you can rely on getting the right advice. Over the next few months Larisa will also be working closely with VOOM Nutrition, a brand based in the UK and focused on premium product support for athletes.

Along with a few of their own recipes, Larisa, Nadezhda, Robert and the team will tell you which products they use and what benefits they provide. Nadezhda also gives you some useful coaching tips on nutrition and hydration, using her advice as a certified triathlon coach.

Make sure that you fuel correctly, and when you do, your cycling will become so much more enjoyable and you’ll be well on your way to be being the healthiest version of you  😉


Best Supplements for Endurance Athletes

Being an athlete requires the right nutrition and supplements to maximize your performance. Sometimes, food and exercise are not enough to reach the athletic productivity you’re aiming for. Supplements become handy at times like these because of the performance boost that they provide.

First Up, Have You Nailed The Basics 😉
April 19, 2024/by Pedalnorth Website

Camelbak Podium Water Bottle Range

It's hotting up outside and it's definitely time to start looking at water bottles. Larisa and Robert take a look at the latest bottles from world leaders in hydration, Camelbak 🙂
April 1, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Healthy Living with Nadezhda Pavlova

Can a person's worldview affect his or her longevity? Find out in this short but intriguing blog by Nadezhda - and let's all reach 100 😉
January 7, 2023/by Pedalnorth Website

Camelbak Hawg Pro Backpack & Womens Luxe

There are so many options for biking backpacks these days. However, Camelbak have revisited the classic Mule pack, and they've created something rather special. We took a close look at the new Camelbak Hawg Pro and Ladies Luxe pack over spring and early summer.
July 20, 2022/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Ice Fly and Nano Fly Water Bottles

It’s the height of summer and it’s getting hotter, so hydration on and off the bike is critical. If you do become dehydrated, then it’s at least 24 hours to recover, which is why drinking off the bike is also important. And, you really do need that fluid to be refreshing, which is why Italian brand, Elite, have taken their award winning Fly bottle to new levels of technology with their latest range of bottles.
July 20, 2022/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Cycling Fly Bottles – Ride Routine

Before every ride I do the same things. Albeit that I'm 56 years of age, I seem to be no different from what I was racing track and field years ago, lining up my shoes, with the socks placed across them and a lucky jacket nearby.
June 29, 2022/by Pedalnorth Website

8 Habits of Successful Triathletes

Triathlon is an all-around endurance sport, which means that you need to be well-rounded to be successful. You need to be strong, have good endurance, and be able to swim, cycle and run well! In this article, we will be exploring 8 habits that successful triathletes have in common. These habits are the cornerstone of their success.
May 26, 2022/by Pedalnorth Website

Blood Testing to Increase Performance

Traditionally, blood testing only serves diagnostic purposes in hospitals, clinics, and other medical laboratories. However, it’s now becoming more popular for professional use, including sports. In fact, many athletes are wondering if they could use blood tests to help them improve their performance.
March 16, 2022/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Mia and Mia Thermo Bottles

It’s quite refreshing to see world leading brands like Elite bringing back the ‘Full Metal Jacket’ cycling water bottle, with no plastic used in its construction. Following on from their Bio Green water bottles, this dynamic Italian brand are using their technical knowledge and expertise to help us older cycling kids to be greener.
November 28, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

How to do Triathlon and be a Woman

Enjoy the strength and beauty of your youth. As long as life is not pleasant to us, it passes. In 20 years, you will look at your photos with a feeling that you do not understand now. How many possibilities were open to you and how amazing you really looked.
November 24, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

CAMELBAK Rogue Light Hydration Pack

In Camelbak's marketing material, they say that the Rogue lightweight pack is everything that you crave for on the everyday trail, by being: minimal, durable, cool and comfortable. They sent one to us here at, in a lovely teal colour for us to try out and see if their marketing spin is true. It certainly looked the part on first impressions.
September 24, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

The Athletes Guide to Hydration and Recovery

Along with the rigorous training and exercise that are routinely accomplished, athletes must be more health-conscious and pay attention to signs of stress on the body. They heavily invest in their bodies because it is the most important asset for an athlete. Of all the energy drinks and products available, how many actually deliver?
August 14, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

VOOM Rapid Recovery Shake

Madison Curzon recently took up triathlon and we thought that she'd benefit from some VOOM power, with their Rapid Recovery Shake. Read her thoughts here.
August 9, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Bio Green Bottles

It gives me great pleasure to ride a bike in the forest, to hear the birds chirping, to enjoy the landscapes and to see other creatures which live in the wilderness.
Thankfully, we have lots of wild and remote and very beautiful paces here in Transylvania and Romania. It’s very important to treat nature as if it were our home; to keep it clean, to take care of it and not to exploit it.
June 28, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Bottle Cages

There are some key areas that we all need to focus on when buying new bottle cages: Lightness & Performance, Great Grip and Access, and finally, Fitting & Aesthetic. In order to get the highest possible results in each of these areas, Elite put their considerable knowledge and expertise to good use, resulting in cages that the top riders in the world rely on.
May 15, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Looking After Your Female Body

Enjoy the strength and beauty of your youth. As long as life is not pleasant to us, it passes. In 20 years, you will look at your photos with a feeling that you do not understand now. How many possibilities were open to you and how amazing you really looked.
Nadezhda Pavlova
April 12, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Jet Water Bottle

Looking across the water bottle range at Elite, we previously wrote about their award winning super lite Fly water bottle. This time we’re going to be telling you all about their Jet bottle, which takes a few of the advancements from the Fly and puts it into a more robust biodegrable bottle that’s suited for tougher riding environments.
March 12, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Elite Fly Water Bottles

Elite Cycling from Italy don’t just make great indoor cycle trainers. They also make the most technologically researched water bottles for cyclists. We thought that we’d take a look at this critical item of cycling kit.
February 7, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website
Nadezhda Pavlova triathlete

Nadezhda Pavlova Lifestyle

Having Nadezhda on the team allows us to bring the very best traithlon training advice and fitness training tips to you, using her internationally recognised triathlon coaching skills and her wealth of knowledge as a competing triathlete.

Voom Energy Bars

Portable, easy to eat and chew, sweet but non sticky and suuuper tasty - these are the perfect characteristics that every energy bar should have. Food is fuel. The right energy bar under the right circumstances can be crucial in a race or ride. The Voom bars are designed to provide quick energy burst during exercise, that’s why they are high in carbohydrates, which are easily digested and absorbed quickly into the bloodstream - this can be good if you are on a 3-hour bike ride or racing, and out in the mountains here in Transylvania.
October 8, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Exercise Hydration

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.
September 23, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Voom Nutrition Bars

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?
September 22, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Voom Nutrition for Cyclists

VOOM is a young and vibrant brand from the U.K. and it’s one that has its base firmly in endurance sports, with triathlon, fell running and cycling being sports that the brands key people participate in at a high level. There’s also some good science behind what they do, with their own scientist within the brand team. All sounds good so far then.
August 10, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Voom Hydration Powder

The Voom electrolyte mix aims to match what we sweat out, to replace those lost salts and to prevent cramp. A hypotonic drink with a small amount of glucose as ‘co-transport’ means faster hydration is possible when consuming both electrolytes and glucose rather than water and electrolytes or water alone. Simply drinking plain water won’t do what you need. Yes, it replaces fluid, but not the vital electrolytes.
July 28, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Vitamin D Deficiency In Sport

Vitamin D is vital for growth and maintenance of the bone and in regulation of electrolyte metabolism, protein synthesis, gene expression, and immune function - lots of important things for athletes. These vital functions are essential for all individuals, and they're especially so for the elite and recreational athlete.
July 12, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Cycling Hydration Advice

It's critical as an athlete and as a cyclist to stay hydrated, and also to know what to drink when, if you're to maximise your performance. Cycling hydration can make the difference between winning and losing, or even being able to finish the ride. Nadezhda gives some useful advice to guide you in your training and nutrition plan
June 13, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

New HIGH5 Slow Release Energy

HIGH5 have been working with World Tour team BORA- hansgrohe to bring cycists a new slow release range for on the bike nutrition
June 1, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Maeve Plouffe Blog

Despite the setbacks that sport has had due to Covid-19, it's a really amazing time in my life right now, as I train for my first Olympic Games! Follow my blog from July onwards and share my training with me here at Pedalnorth

Food Power For Triathletes

Food is the fourth discipline in triathlon. When preparing for a triathlon race, you should pay close attention to your diet to proper recover from intense drills and get the energy for the following workout sessions.
February 4, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website
Nadezhda Pavlova triathlete

Triathlon Training Advice

Having Nadezhda on the team allows us to bring the very best triathlon training advice, and detailed triathlon training plans and fitness training tips to you, using her internationally recognised triathlon coaching skills and her wealth of knowledge as a competing triathlete.

Triathlon is a unique and challenging sport, and you need the very best training plans for your own triathlon journey. Thanks to Nadezhda, you've got them!
Nadezhda Pavlova

Healthy Energy Bites Recipe

Triathlon coach Nadezhda has some great training tips and healthy snack options. Here's one of her favorites, that'll keep you going and fit easily into your training regime 🙂
May 25, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

Lemon Chia Oatmeal Pancakes

Healthy and easy to bake nutrition option for cyclists from Hannah Shell, using her own race experience
March 14, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

Eating Chocolate

A few years ago, scientists carried out an experiment using cyclists and chocolate. They were split into 2 groups and each was given 40g of chocolate a day for 2 weeks.
March 14, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

Comfort and Happiness

We too often mistake comfort for happiness
I read this phrase in a travel blog somewhere about six years ago, before I ventured out of my Midwestern comfort zone to study abroad in Argentina
March 14, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

Health and Lifestyle