The Giro d’Italia is easily one of the world’s most stunning, albeit challenging, cycles. From the towering Alps to the formidable Dolomites and the Apennines’ pristine beauty, the Giro is a passionate cyclist’s rite of passage.
Any experienced cyclist will therefore know that this is not a ride to be taken lightly – you have to prepare yourself for its gruelling ascents, some of which last for over 20kms. Not only that, when taking part in the tour you have to ensure that your body recovers in time for the next stage. Fancy riding the exact track that’s ridden during the Giro? Our partners at A’qto run cycling holidays of the Giro d’Italia that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Here are some tips for preparing and recovering like a Giro pro.
Take care of your gut health
Poor gut health and digestive problems often cause cyclists great trouble when traversing long passages. To prepare your gut and digestive system for your tour it is best to get started pre-tour. Cut out any foods that can irritate your stomach including acidic foods. Furthermore, reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol whilst increasing your vegetable intake.
This cannot be stressed enough. You want to be match fit when you arrive at the Giro as it truly is a competitor’s circuit. Ensure that whenever you have the opportunity to cycle at home – you do it. Take your training to the nearest location that is roughly similar to the Giro’s landscapes and ascents. Doing this will train your cardio and muscles to be prepared for those more challenging stages.
The Giro is well worth studying before undertaking. It is replete with stunning mountain passes and hairpin turns in abundance, something which can be quite challenging for those who didn’t take the time to properly estimate the ride’s significance. Study up before taking on the tour so that you know exactly what your body has to be prepared for as well as how to organise your training sessions.
Eat after training
Eating after any form of training is important for refuelling your body and cycling is no exception. It’s imperative to eat at least half an hour after training as this provides your body with the nutrients it needs to properly recover and have your body ready for further training. The same goes for when you are on the tour itself.
Eating on the tour
It’s vital for any cyclist mid-tour to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast before starting out. Whilst it may be tempting to launch into the abundance of breads that are an Italian breakfast staple, these often will not provide you with the nutrients you need to effectively take on a stage. Stick to something light and nutritious – fruits are recommended as well as breakfast smoothies to give you a much-needed morning energy boost.
As an experienced cyclist, you will know that this is going to be one of the most rewarding life experiences you can undertake. And whilst it does take some work and dedication to prepare for, this is all just part of the incredible experience that is the Giro d’Italia.