Following these cycling nutrition tips will help you lose fat, stay healthy and improve your power to weight ratio if accompanied by a progressive cycling training plan.

We continue our Cycling Nutrition Tips series with thanks to Team Sky Head Chef Søren Kristiansen and Nigel Mitchell, Head of Nutrition at Team Sky who talk us through the hydration and nutrient benefits of juicing with this juice recipe for cyclists:

Juice Recipes for Cyclists: Team Sky Juice Recipe

Juice Recipes for Cyclists: Beetroot juice with carrot, celery, cucumber, ginger and pineapple juice


Serves 1


  • Beetroot
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger
  • Pineapple juice

Cooking Method

  1. Wash all the veggies but leave the skin on
  2. Top and tail the beetroot
  3. Cut the vegetables into chunks
  4. Juice them in a juicer or use a food processor and a muslin to strain the pulp
  5. Drink!

Nutritional Benefits

Juicing vegetable and fruits has major benefits for cyclists. Juicing allows you to get much needed nutrients into your body but without the bulky volume added by the insoluble fibre. This gives you more room to eat protein to help muscle repair and growth.

A University of Exeter study showed for the first time how the nitrate contained in beetroot juice leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake, making exercise less tiring.


  • Drinking beetroot juice boosts your stamina and could help you exercise for up to 16% longer
  • Beetroot contains the essential nutrients potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid.
  • Beetroot is a great source of soluble fibre which may help digestion, reduce high blood cholesterol and help prevent heart disease

Carrot Celery and Ginger:

  • Carrot celery and ginger all help the kidney to function better enabling you to get rid if the toxins in your body quicker
  • Ginger can have an anti-inflammatory effect making it  avery good addition to recovery juices
  • Ginger also promotes gastrointestinal health – reducing the chances that a bad stomach will ruin your training

Team Sky Nutrition Series

Looking to loose weight and gain power? Eat and hydrate smarter with our top Cycling Nutrition Tips from Team Sky:

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