I am a cycling newbie. I mean I have done London to Brighton twice and London to Canterbury last year. Now I'm training for my first 100-mile Surrey Prudential ride in a few weeks time. I'm 36 and relatively fit for an average person. When It comes to cycling obviously there's a long way for me. When I did Box Hill a couple of times, most people were overtaking me. Each time my time was between 12-13 minutes so much scope for improvement. Having said that I usually do it having already cycled around 40 miles from London so my legs are tired. Now, my question is related to:
1) what to eat/drink in preparation for the ride (two weeks before the ride, the day before the ride, etc)
2) what to eat/drink during the ride
In previous rides/training, I'd usually drink water with some dissolved electrolytes tablets and eat/drink energy gels. I'm concerned with calf cramps and would like to minimise the risk of having one. It happened to me a few times while doing Ditchling Beacon. Apart from training, is there any nutritional help with cramps. I have seen a you tube video where a guy recommends something called Glutamine Select but I'm not of your opinions. Anything else?
Any help will be apprecited.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.