I came across this in reading around about training stuff for the Tour de France(and TIm sent me here)http://www.versus.com/blogs/cycling-tra ... ng-a-race/
So in the article it says they are burning about 800 cals per hour, and their bod can absorb/digest 300 cals per hour--that any more cals is either wasted or diverts too much energy from muscle effort(something like that)--in any case, more than 300 an hour is a waste. There are comments how they eat outside of the 4-5 hours of the Stage(a lot)
Just curious how this would apply for enduro or the long team events which are popular out here(GP style, faster paced than most enduro, and there is a cool 24 hour race out here that some people ironman). I've heard for a lot of people especially for the long team events that eating is where things come apart. They try to nibble enough along the way(or nibble too much), then get REALLY hungry and down a couple hamburgers or chili dogs and then they are done for a couple hours to digest(or limp along, wishing for a barf bag). They're eating the hamburger/chili dogs because that's what they're craving--I've been there, it's the beef right, craving a huge hunk of protein? (and then, guys just love chili dogs...)
Anyways, I thought the magic number of 300 cals per hour as interesting, and wondering if it had any use for the long hour off road racer in planning refueling. I know in riding all day just recreationally it takes a bit of thought to snack right and eat the right kinds of things for breakfast and lunch(and dinner if you want a night ride too) to be able to go all day long and not get "stomach" issues. Tour guys of course have nil fat reserves...