David Stone: 
Training hard and 
fish and chips

He always checks the investment market before training, and he’s 
got a weakness for Britain’s national dish — and here’s how he trains
David Stone
Age: 32
Team: Team GB Para-cycling
Best Result: Double gold medallist Beijing Paralympics, gold and bronze in London
Road racing

Born in Birmingham, based in Leeds, David Stone is a free spirit whose cycling career was split by an adventure sabbatical in India, Pakistan and Nepal. He came back better than ever before, and with eight world titles and three Paralympic gold medals in the road race and time trial, he’s the man to beat in his 
category. This is what he told us when met him for a chat…

What’s more important, nutrition or training?
JM: Training, but then training hard balances out my cravings for foods that might not be so good nutritionally. Training makes me want to eat healthily, but allows me to enjoy some treats. Training also leaves me feeling less hungry.

What’s your favourite pre-ride meal and why?
JM: I train in the morning, 
so it’s always porridge with milk and a load of dried 
fruit (cranberries and 
un-sulphured apricots) and 
cashews, with a fresh black 
coffee. I eat over CNBC Squawk Box Europe [finance news 
programme] to see if I’m going 
to make enough for coffee and cake later on, during my ride.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given, and who gave it to you?
JM: Sid Barras told me this when I asked about the Paralympics road race in London: “Just stick to your plan.” It worked a treat.

When it comes to ride nutrition, what do amateurs tend to get wrong?
JM: I’m not big on nutrition. I eat healthily, but I’m not obsessed about it. However, I’ve had girlfriends in the past who’ve eaten what I have and become a little larger, so I’m probably not the best person to give advice on the subject.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when starting out?
JM: This probably boils down to two things: the skills of how to ride well in a group, and knowing when I’m too tired as that’s when training becomes counterproductive. I’m good at getting my feet up these days.

Favourite naughty food?
JM: Fish and chips 
without a doubt. It’s pretty 
rare that I’ll treat myself to it these days though.

Tell us about a time when you got your nutrition wrong. What happened?
JM: Eating too late before an early ride, and I still do that most Saturdays!

Do you prefer real food 
or supplements when you’re training or racing?
JM: I struggle with solid foods when I’m training or racing. I’ll have gels. When I’m really on the limit, a banana is good.

What’s the key to 
always improving?
JM: Enjoying it. It’s a real 
cliché, but there have been times when I’ve completely hated cycling. Some time off really helps me to focus my mind when that happens.

If you packed up riding right now, what are the three most important things you’ll have learned from participating in this sport?
JM: To learn from those 
around me, how to suffer and the art of self-discipline.