If you’ve ever ridden a bike for over 5 hours you know that rot gut is a real possibility. I think I’ve finally figured out a way to stop it. My bike shop general manager recommended that I purchase a book called Feed Zone Portables written by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim. These two chefs have worked with elite athletes in Boulder Colorado and acted as the chef for a Tour de France team as well as the US Olympic team in the London games.
I learned a ton from this book! I can now see why I’ve had rot gut on all my long rides as well as the Ironman.
Below is the first recipe of all natural food I’ll use on my long 6 hour bike ride this Friday. I’m excited to use the methods.
Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes
3 cups uncooked sticky rice
4 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup raw sugar (I added more for taste)
Juice of 1 lemon or other citrus (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, or to taste
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 pint fresh blueberries
Combined rice, water, and a dash of salt in a rice cooker and let cook.
When the rice is finished cooking, transfer it to a large bowl and add coconut milk. Begin seasoning the rice with the sugar. The mixture should be slightly sweet to your palate (sometimes we use up to a 1/2 cup of sugar). Squeeze in the lemon juice gradually, giving the mixture just a little bit of bite. Stir the rice mixture thoroughly and add salt to taste.
Once the rice has mostly cooled, spread half of the mixture into a 9″ x 12″ baking pan and press flat with a rice paddle. Then sprinke the chcolate chips and berries evenly atop the rice. Gently press the remaining rice onto the berries and chocolate to create the second layer.
Let set up for a few minutes, then cut into squares and wrap.