The vast majority of cycle tourers we have met over the years seem to take a long time planning their routes, organising their gear, building their bikes and saving for their big adventure, but very few ask the question ‘what diet would be best’. 


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The vast majority of cycle tourers we have met over the years seem to take a long time planning their routes, organising their gear, building their bikes and saving for their big adventure, but very few ask the question ‘what diet would be best’.

This was the same for us prier to out first international bike tour from NY to LA back in the summer of 2013, but 16,500km later and with many mistakes along the way we have found what we believe to be the answer.

The reason we believe diet to be so important is that not only is the food you eat the fuel you burn day after day after day, but a healthy diet will keep you free from illness, give you the mental strength to deal with challenging situations, promote speedy recovery and ensure your tyre tracks are as light as possible on the planet.

To this end we strongly promote a high carb, plant-based, wholefoods, vegan diet and this is why.


As a cycle tourer you will likely be exercising much more than you would back home and you need to appreciate the fact your body will need more fuel in order to sustain this new lifestyle. Carbs from whole plant sources such as fruits, vegetables and grains are that fuel and won’t hinder your experience like a high animal protein diet would. Think of it this way, do you feel like riding more after a big roast meat dinner or a plate full of fresh mangos?


The fastest way to sabotage your own tour is to be under carbed. If you don’t fill your body up daily with this easy absorbed energy source you are not going to be physically and mentally able to make to most of your travels.

So just what exactly is it we eat and how much do we chow down? In answer to the first question we would have to say fruit, fruit and more fruit!! We start the day with a large hydrating portions of fruit, watermelon is our current favourite, and again for lunch, bananas papaya mango are all regulars, then enjoy a hot rice dish for dinner. In terms of quantity we eat until we are stuffed & don’t pay any regard to traditional portion sizes. Vegan food is much less calorie dense than that of animal product and as a result you need to eat more, a lot more, of it. Not a bad thing when it’s super tasty and hydrating.

People are always shocked with the amount of food we both eat, but if you take high fat calorie dense animal products out the equation you need to consume a large quality of carbs to feel content and energised. So when we do a big ride the leftover plates get ridiculous though they are very small portions over here.

When we have been in control of cooking while camping in New Zealand we had a cook pot that is almost the perfect size for the two of us and alongside a fresh salad help make a perfect evening meal. Sometime we might have a homemade rice pudding after to fill any gaps!


Simply wholefoods is what we love and although taking the time to find it can be frustrating at times, specifically in the heat at the end of a long day, the payoff is always worth it.

We are currently touring Thailand where khao (rice) and pak (vegetables) are available everywhere and with a helping hand from Google Translate people have no issue knocking us up oil, salt and fish free vegan versions of most dishes. Papaya salad is our dish of Thailand so far.


The majority of society seem to think without covering veggies in salt and oil they doesn’t taste good. The thing is when you eat plants in their original state your taste buds burst with new life and begin to change as they adapt to the new diet. The result is you want to experience the flavour of each vegetable not grease and sodium.


I guess it depends where you are touring, but when we were in the depths of the Midwest America my five a day consisted mainly of subway salads where as now in Thailand there is a abundance of ripe fruit round most corners. I would highly suggest touring in areas which you like the local cuisine and products they produce i.e going to lychee county in northern Thailand when the fruit is in season.


To get in enough carbs (sugar), water and sleep is paromount for us sustaining enough energy to ride consistently everyday with enjoyment! It becomes even more vital when cycling in high temperatures to increasing our water intake so our wee is clear and your pissing every couple of hours. It is so easy to lack in one area, but with time we are beginning to recognise the signs; headaches, irritation and confusion being up there as the most noticeable.


The term ‘consistency is the key’ doesn’t really work for us on tour. While on the road everyday each meal time is incredibly different. Though we have noticed when stationary for long periods of time we can get into a great flow and our bodies thrive!!


The quality of food is susceptible to consistent change. One day we are eating like kings and queens with a full spread of mouthwatering organic vegan specific treats and endless flavoursome brown rice and steamed vegetables. The next we could be stuck with a small bowl of iceberg lettuce, gone off fruit and some stale white rice, but that’s all part of the fun.


Other reasons to consider a vegan diet while travelling include greatly reducing your chances of catching deli belly from infected meat as well as not participating in animal exploitation. After all, not all animals are as fortunate as Nero to be taken along for the ride, most are just eaten for lunch.