Wednesday, February 11, 2009

For the Love of Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake is a delicacy best consumed after a monster long ride. Or the night before a monster long ride. Or in the days following a monster long ride.

During said long rides, I like to envision myself as a professional cyclist in the Tour of California, riding up the canyons north of LA like a pro in contention for the KOM jersey.

Therefore, it is with great sadness that I recently read this statement in a news article about what real professional cyclists eat:

...most cyclists eschew high-fat foods for healthier, balanced eating.

"You may find a few who'll eat a piece of chocolate cake, but not many," said Dr. Marlia Braun, a University of California, Davis, nutritionist and dietitian who has worked with many cyclists and other athletes.

Few pro cyclists have sweet tooths, say the experts.

The above generalization may be made possible by the fact that most pro cyclists are men.

So while Levi or Lance might not be the best cyclists to question in search of a pro cycling chocolate cake lover, perhaps the ladies in the Women's crit would admit to chocoholholism.
Surely there must be a world-renown pro out there who has a healthy love of chocolate.

Or maybe Dr. Braun just had a slip of the tongue, and meant to say, ""You may find a few who'll eat a piece of lemon meringue pie, but not many." That would be quite understandable. Lemon meringue is gross. Link


  1. Yeah! Who eats Lemon...seriously. And what about pints of Ben and Jerry's? It seems to me like desserts are the easiest way to get back the calories you burned after a long day on the bike. I suppose you could eat 10 bowls of salad, or 3 plates of pasta, but who wants to do that when you could just eat ice cream and cake?