Q&A with Lizzie Armitstead


Ever wondered what a World Champion eats for breakfast, or what a pro-rider would advise as the priorities when buying kit?  Well here are some tips from Lizzie Armistead, World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, who rides for Boels-Dolmans and is fuelled by SiS.


Lizzie Armitstead wins BC National Road Race



Any tips for girls just getting into riding?”


“I think the main thing is not to be scared of taking food out with you.  Even if you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll enjoy your riding so much more if you fuel properly, and you’re much more likely to get back out on your bike the next day.”



Do you find it difficult to balance looking after your health, fitness and weight management?


“Yes, power to weight ratio is difficult to get right, and it’s certainly something I’ve gotten better at as I’ve gotten older.  I do think you’re better erring on the side of caution and having more food than you think you probably need.”



In terms of general kit, the selection now can be quite overwhelming for new riders.  Do you have tips on kit to never be without?


“The simple things are making sure your shorts are tight.  If your chamois can move around it’s not going to be comfortable. They should be slightly tighter than you’re comfortable wearing off the bike.  Make sure you don’t wear underwear!


Don’t think that you need the best of everything either, something that fits is far more important whether that’s clothing or a bike. The sport can be quite intimidating to get into, so try and find a local club and get advice on the best local bike store, look at what other girls have etc.”


Lizzie Armitstead in the leaders jersey at the Tour of Britain


What’s your favourite pre-ride breakfast?


“I like porridge with a few additions such as whey protein, berries and honey. I’ve had the same breakfast for years now.”



What about your pre-race meal the night before?


“Depending on the quality of the hotel! I’ll always try and have some fish (I don’t eat meat), rice, and some vegetables.  I often have a serving of muesli and yogurt as desert to keep my carb intake up.”

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