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Should I eat a large meal of spaghetti and meat balls before the ride so I have the carbohydrates for the muscle? What food do most mtbr riders eat before long ride?
 

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Spaghetti is a good choice. I like to go light on the tomatoe sauce though, and sometimes I just eat the noodles with a little light butter. Generally, I try to eat about 2.5-3 hours before I ride, that way things have digested properly. For me, eating and then immediately going riding is a no no... I feel like crap.
 

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I always eat a few plates of spaghetti the night before a race or big ride. I never eat anything right before I ride though, besides maybe a cliff bar. I don’t like that full feeling while riding hard. Potatoes are a good source of cards too.
 
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