When getting ready for a training ride or race day, you need to make sure your body has the fuel it needs to reach its full potential. As a cyclist, you can increase your calorie consumption, without gaining weight. That does not mean you can indulge in your favourite takeaway every night; you need to be smart about the additional calories you are putting into your body.
To calculate how many extra calories you need, multiply the distance of your ride by 40-50 calories. For example, for a 50-mile bike ride, you need 2,000 – 2,500 calories.