TeamCBC Cycling Tip – The Power of the Potato

Tomorrow many of us will be eating some type of potato for Thanksgiving, so I thought this would be a good topic for this week.

When I met Toms Skujins at the Tour de France a couple years ago, one of the on-running jokes was his obsession over potatoes. At the time I thought that he was just some crazy kid who grew up in the Idaho of Latvia. However, now I think he may be on to something.

Potatoes have an undeservedly bad reputation because we tend to dunk them in vats of boiling oil to make French fries and potato chips or stuff, mash, and smash them with loads of bacon, butter, and sour cream.

However here are some facts about their health benefits:

* A medium roasted russet has just 168 calories
* They pack more potassium than a banana
* Deliver more than 1/3 of your daily requirements of vitamin C
* Deliver more than 1/3 of your daily requirement of vitamin B6
* Provide more hunger satisfaction than pasta or rice
* They are rich in resistant starch which is a beneficial probiotic

Here are some ways in which potatoes can help you ride better:

* Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates for riding hard and crushing climbs.
* Potatoes are a smart snack choice to boost your energy during a ride.
* Potatoes are good for recovery. They help restock your glycogen stores.
* Potatoes contain protein to help build and repair your muscles post ride.

Quote of the week: “Thanksgiving is the meal we aspire for other meals to resemble.” Jonathan Safran Foer

Please read the article below to learn more about the nutritional value of potatoes:…/why-cyclists-should-eat…/…

Stay safe!
Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC