Inside A Bike Race Feed Zone | What Does A Pro Cyclist Eat For Lunch?


(dramatic intro music) – I’m at stage 15 in Giro d’Italia and I’m showing you guys what goes in a world tour musette. (dramatic upbeat music) We got two bidons, two
bottles, water bidon, a water bidon, got a normal water, energy drink, carbohydrate
drink, three gels. So we’ve got a gel, a
cola-flavored gel, plenty of gels in here, another gel here,
energy gel, these SIS gels. Onto the bars, banana bar, another bar, we’ve got an energy coco-crisp bar. Have a coca-cola for the riders, a little taste of coke, it’s a nice little coke, small coca-cola. We’ve got some rice
cakes, savory rice cake, rice cake, rice cake full of dates, (jazz music) – That goes up my expectation. We’ve walked down the feed zone and we’ve made our way
to UAE Team Emirates, where we’ve got Massi
and Team Doctor Jarrad who’s going to talk us through
what goes into a musette? Well do you want to talk
to us through it mate? – Yeah sure, I mean, nothing
too exciting but I mean obviously the objective is to try and get the guys some energy and get them refilled for the
next part of the stage. So they each get two bidons or bottles and both of those will have
the normal race mix which is a carbohydrates mix mostly. Then they get a couple of gels, NAMED is our sponsor so
they get two different gels As well as two different
energy, energybars, so that’s plenty calories for them and they’ll sort of, put
those in their pockets and have a snack as they go through, and they also have got the choice of, sort of some homemade rice
cakes that are soigneurs prepared for them
everyday, there’s a couple of those as well, three of those, and that’s pretty much it so
they’ve got a buffet selection and they can sort of
choose what they want. – Does what you put in the musette change on different stages? For example a mountain stage, or flat stage, or even
a long and short stage? – Yeah, no so we’ve
made varied little bits according to the stage, you know? If it’s an easier flat
stage, some of the guys might say oh they just
want a water instead of two mixes and they
don’t eat as many gels. They might have more, sort of
the rice cakes than the gels. That’s on a stage where,
you know some tough times at the end, most of the guys
will want some quick energy in the form of a gel, a gel
or two for later in the stage. – And a lot of the other
teams put in Haribo or a Coke, I see you guys don’t,
is there a reason for that? – I mean the idea there
is for really fast-release carbohydrate or fast-release
energy, but I mean there is really not
much difference in terms of how quickly rice is converted
into glucose in the blood than Haribo’s, Haribo
might be slightly faster but I don’t think that’s going
to be the end of the world in the difference between,
you know, winning or losing a race so, no we don’t really use Haribo or sweets very often now. – The feed zone is also a good place for some fans to be because
not only do you get a good view of the riders
and you get to hang out with all the soigneurs,
but you might, just might bet a bidon or two. (upbeat music) – Making my way down the
feed zone and I’ve noticed these guys, the guys
from EF who have set out a lovely little restaurant
for their sponsors over here. So this is part of their
hospitality program. They’ve got champagne,
beer, they’ve got Moretti, I mean I’m guessing this
isn’t for the riders, chaps. – No, although, when in Rome. – [Host] Guys, can I grab a beer? – Absolutely. – EF. (drinks clink) – Cheers, cheers. Do you have a certain
way you hold the musette because I know a lot of
people have different – Well yeah the best
way, like today the flat, you give it like this, then
the rider can catch it here and he has this one on
the hand, and it’s safe. This is the best for me today I hope. – That’s how you do it,
so if you do want to hold a musette out there, that’s how you do it from the professionals. (interviewer laughs) – It’s the end of this
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