Gemma Sampson


Recent Posts by Gemma Sampson

Fuelling an Everesting attempt

Deciding to climb 8848m on the bike in one ride is no mean feat. Beyond the mental and physical challenge, ensuring that you are well fuelled and hydrated to support your efforts is a key factor in your success. Here’s an insight into the planning that …

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What makes a cyclist?

What makes a cyclist? Is it the kit you wear? The height of your socks? The number of miles you accumulate on Strava? The number of bikes you own? Earlier this year someone told me that I’m “not a cyclist”. As someone who rides my bike more days than n …

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7 pieces of essential winter cycling kit

Winter is coming here in the Northern Hemisphere! Brrr. Time to start digging out the warm weather kit. Here’s the 7 pieces of essential winter cycling kit I recommend to keep you riding more often and longer as the season starts to cool off. Particula …

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Does your mental health need a check up?

What’s the state of your mental health right now? Could you do with a bit of a mental health check up? Until a few years ago, I’d never really thought much about my mental health. Then I went through a rather messy relationship break up that damaged my …

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10 reflections working as a dietitian

This week marks the 10 year anniversary working as a dietitian. How time flies! I’ve taken a moment to reflect upon some of the key things I have learnt over the years as a dietitian, personally and professionally. I studied Nutrition and Dietetics at …

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What to eat during a cycling tour

Taking an overseas cycling trip can be a great adventure. There’s new roads to explore, good banter and strava segments to conquer. Keeping yourself well-fuelled is key to ensure you get to the end in one piece, minimise time sitting in the van if you …

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Vanilla chia pudding

Chia pudding has got to be one of the simplest and easiest snacks to ‘cook’. They literally take minutes to stir together to create a wholesome snack to keep you fuelled between training sessions. Two or three ingredients, a jar and a spoon and off you …

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A woman’s guide to cycle commuting

I’m a huge fan of cycling to work. A couple of miles here and there adds up over the years, gives you a clear mind before a busy day and can help you wind down after a stressful day in the office. If you haven’t already been converted yourself into the …

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Are you drinking enough on the bike?

More than just replacing the fluids we lose as sweat, drinking enough on the bike and being well hydrated on a ride can improve your cycling performance. Are you drinking enough on your rides? Europe is experiencing a bit of a heatwave at the moment, w …

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How to fuel for a long ride

Getting your nutrition right during long rides can be a tricky balancing act at times. Don’t eat enough and you might run out of energy and bonk, overeat and you could end up with stomach troubles. To make it more complicated, the more trained you are …

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