‘It’s a performance thing’ - why riders are eating Calippos and Greggs steak bakes to fuel gold medals

Forget expensive gels, the best race nutrition comes from corner shops

Women's team pursuit squad with a Calippo and a steak bake embossed on the picture
(Image credit: SWPix / Getty Images)

In the era of marginal gains, riders are turning to childhood treats and savoury snacks to fuel their racing. 

Calippo ice lollies and steak bakes from bakery chain Greggs have been on the menu this weekend at the British National Track Championships. A nutritional nightmare, one might think, but the medal count shows the snacks are working. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.