“The Feed Zone” Author Allen Lim on Riding & Nutrition During Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington

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Riders take a snack break mid-140 mile ride. Cyclocross Magazine

Riders take a snack break mid-140 mile ride. © Cyclocross Magazine

by Molly Hurford

Ever wonder how to fuel during a long ride without getting bored, or worse, getting the dreaded “gut-rot” (cyclocrossers might know it as “cross-rot,” but the principal is the same). Lately, there’s been some serious buzz in the cyclocross community about a new cookbook by chefs (and scientists!) Allen Lim and Biju Thomas. As the authors of  The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes, they wrote the book on how to eat whole foods that will last a long ride.

Three days into the Ride on Washington, a group of twenty riders including quite a few big names in cyclocross have gone over 350 miles in support of Bikes Belong. Six time National Champion Tim Johnson is the figurehead and founder of the Ride on Washington, which is one of the biggest pushes for bike advocacy in the US. The riders have been doing so fueled by Lim and Thomas’s creations, including “rices cakes” during the rides (in both sweet and savory varieties!) Additionally, riders are drinking Lim’s Skratch Mix, his personal blend that he promises will avoid gut rot while hydrating on a ride.

Allen Lim also spent some time educating riders about how to fuel with whole foods during a long ride before departing on the 140 mile trip from Hartford, Connecticut, to New York City. He stressed the importance of eating food for fuel and drinking fluids for hydration, and eschews eating gel-like substances in favor of eating foods like rice cakes. While some might disagree, he makes some great points (and some tasty snacks!), and it’s certainly worth thinking about, especially if you’re bored of eating gel after gel, or your stomach isn’t happy with you post-ride.

 

 

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15 comments
matthewsimpson73
matthewsimpson73

As one of the #TJROW riders this year & last year, I can tell you Allen & Chef Biju and their cooking made all the difference. The food was insanely tasty and I finished the ride feeling much better than I did last year, nutrition on the bike, before & after was dialed. BTW - MOLLY rules!

mollyjhurford
mollyjhurford

@SkratchLabs @allencolim just bought a rice cooker. Proud?

swimrbikerunguy
swimrbikerunguy

@cyclocross @allencolim @BijuTheChef Thats the only way anyone could!

JoshVsLymphoma
JoshVsLymphoma

He does do some veggie-friendly stuff, indeed!

 

I've been cooking quite a bit out of this book and have yet to find a recipe I haven't liked.  The strawberry chicken salad is my favorite so far.

johnproppe
johnproppe

@mollyjhurford does he do any veggie-friendly stuff? If so I would certainly be swayed to buy his book.

velomomjen
velomomjen

@mollyjhurford Buffalo soft tacos and shepards pie are two of my favorites from The Feed Zone.

csmayhew
csmayhew

@mollyjhurford His book has really changed my riding.

SkratchLabs
SkratchLabs

@mollyjhurford @allencolim definitely proud!

mikedao
mikedao

@mollyjhurford @skratchlabs @allencolim Was it a zojinrushi? They're like the Cadillacs of rice cookers.

mollyjhurford
mollyjhurford

@johnproppe I'll let you know when I get a chance to really look. He's made some veg stuff so far, but IDK how much is in the book

mollyjhurford
mollyjhurford

@velomomjen the sweet rice cakes are my top favorite so far.

mollyjhurford
mollyjhurford

@csmayhew he's amazing. Also, I told him I was gonna interview him & he responded "I'm a Sagittarius and like long walks on the beach." A+

cyclocross
cyclocross

@mollyjhurford @johnproppe he has a TON of veggie & gluten free recipes, all very clearly marked in his book. The rice cakes are my go to

csmayhew
csmayhew

@mollyjhurford I've seen him talk a few times. Love that guy.

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