Fact: bicycle riding consumes 500 to 600 calories per hour on average. Harder efforts consume more.
Fact: the average person has enough energy (glycogen) stored in their muscles for about 1 to 1.5 hour of cycling before noticeable fatigue sets in.
Fact: bigger people consume more calories than smaller people.
Fact: when we eat our body converts food into glycogen that is stored in our muscles as fuel to make them move.
Fact: only when there is no glycogen left will your body search for fat to burn. Advanced cyclists are more efficient in this transition.
So knowing these basic facts how does one eat to perform at their best?