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The Cycling Performance Cookbook


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A recipe book designed for cyclists, written by a Michelin-starred chef and champion athlete, who now cooks for British Cycling's elite athletes. This is flavoursome food to make you go faster. Michelin-starred chef, world champion athlete and leading sports nutritionist Alan Murchison presents more than 70 delicious, easy-to-make and nutritionally balanced meals to help cyclists of all levels reach their cycling performance goals.

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Alan Murchison is a Michelin-starred chef with over 25 years' experience working in starred restaurants (he held a Michelin star for over a decade and had 4 AA Rosettes whist executive Chef at L'Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire), he is also a multiple World & European age group duathlon champion, national level master's cyclist & ex-international endurance runner. Alan Murchison provides bespoke nutritional support for athletes across a number of sports, although predominantly for cyclists. Alan is a consultant with British Cycling and works with athletes across a range of abilities from first timers looking to just complete an event to current Olympic gold medallists.


I can't think of a finer chef to have written a book on nutrition and diet for athletes... His drive and commitment to culinary precision is matched only by his passion and expertise. * Tom Kerridge *
Alan's dedication to competing at the highest level of sport combined with the creativity and skill of his cooking, make his approach to nutritional cooking nothing short of incredible. -- Ashley Palmer-Watts - Executive Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Alan's food is simple, yet tasty and powerful. He's been a key component for my training and racing. -- Alex Dowsett, World Tour rider, former World Hour Record Holder and national champion
I suspect journalists would put Alan into the category of "marginal gains" that British Cycling is so famous for, but proper nutrition is a huge gain. -- Katie Archibald, multiple world and Olympic gold medallist
Alan Murchison has been pivotal in my transformation from knocking around for Top 10s at national level events to winning World Cups... A game changer. -- Dan Bigham, GB track cyclist and multiple national champion
As an athlete your priorities are; nutritional value, ease of cooking and taste. It takes real creativity, passion and a true understanding of the athletes needs to combine all these priorities, you don't have to compromise when you follow Alan's recipes. -- Callum Skinner, Olympic gold medallist
Working with Alan has completely changed the way I think about food and opened my eyes to new ideas. Ingredients I would have previously discarded as boring now feature regularly in a balanced diet. Eating well no longer feels like a challenge or a sacrifice. -- Hayley Simmonds, road cyclist and Commonwealth Games medallist
Alan's unique dual background as a world-class chef as well as a high-performance athlete, means he has an extraordinarily useful empathy to understand and relate to the specific nutritional needs of the sports performer... I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any athlete and of any ambition. -- Dr Jamie Pringle, leading sports scientist
Al genuinely wants to change the way athletes prepare the very food that fuels their performance, and this book is a massive leap in that direction. If you want to fuel world-class performance, do yourself a favour and get the basics right. Train smart and eat smart. Start with this book. -- Steve Bate MBE, Paralympic Champion, World Champion and World Record Holder.
Murchison's "buzzing bars" are bloody lovely...and a piece of cake to construct -- Matt Butler * i news *
Alan Murchison is an expert both in the saddle and in the kitchen. * Men's Fitness *
Whether you're always in the saddle or a fair-weather cyclist, these tempting recipes are great for topping up your pedal power. * Top Sante *
The Cycling Chef bristles with nutritionally balanced meals that also happen to be delicious ... an excellent book that treads the tricky line between healthy, performance-orientated eating and deliciousness ... a very welcome addition to the world of sports nutrition recipe books. * The Caterer *

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