German road racing pro Trixi Worrack knows her stuff when it comes to nutrition.
The former National Road Race Champion has been part of the winning World Time Trial team for the last four years and also won the Women’s Amgen Tour of California during the season just gone.
Not only has she repeatedly fuelled herself to success, she’s also trained in the discipline – studying courses around basic human dietary needs as well as more specialist sports nutrition.
We caught up with the 34-year-old Canyon//SRAM rider to get her advice on what we should eat, and get a little insight into the diet of the pros many of us wish to emulate…
“One year I tried to be really light and I was not that powerful any more. Now I know I have a limit as to what I can weigh.”
TWC: Do you follow any specific guidelines, or have any you would suggest others adhere to?
Trixi Worrack: I believe there are no guiding principles. For me it’s always personal – and about how you feel with various different foods. Some professional cyclists will eat more meat and feel good on that diet, some don’t eat bread and feel good about it – it’s all about how you feel. You can’t put ten girls in one bucket and say ‘you just eat this’ and expect everyone to feel good and full of energy.
Personally, I eat a lot of meat and vegetables – but [when on training camps or with the team for a race] I look at the girls eating around the table and they’re all eating differently. Some like lots of fruit, but I rarely eat that much – I don’t feel I need it.
It’s best to try things – find out what works for you, don’t listen to someone who says ‘don’t eat this or this, just this’ – you need to try, and you’ll feel it.