Soigneur is a French word and it means one
who cares for. In cycling soigneur means everything but the bike. One of the crucial components
of being a soigneur is making sure that the riders have proper nutrition and hydration
when they’re on the bike and there are basically three kinds of rides that we prepare them
for. Popping on the bike and doing an hour, a two hour ride or interval work would be
considered in the 2 hour segment or a long ride; 4, 4 and a half, 5 hours on the bike.
For a one hour ride we generally provide 2 bottles one water and one electrolyte mix.
Electrolytes are the salts that the body loses when you’re sweating and it’s very important
when you’re exercising to get your electrolytes back in after exertion, or during exertion.
Typically when it is 25 degrees or cooler we’re comfortable allowing the riders one
bottle of water and one bottle of mix, the electrolyte replacement per hour. When it’s
over 25 degrees we either make the strength of our electrolyte mix stronger to replace
more salts or we suggest 2 bottles of mix so that the intake of the salts is maintained.
In addition to hydration we also need to address food on the bike and the easiest thing to
do is to supplement your caloric intake with bars, gels, and other sugary dietary supplements
so we recommend for the 1 hour ride the guys generally go with a couple of gels in their
pockets and those are about 100 calories a piece and they provide sugars and carbohydrates.
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