Category Archives: Mountain Biking

Prolong Helps Riders at Leadville 100 MTB Presented by Herbalife24

Yesterday was the Leadville Race Series Trail 100 MTB Presented by Herbalife24. This 100 mile trail ride that climbs from 9,200 to 12,424 feet is a bike race of “burning lungs, steep descents and wild animals”.

Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colorado, with the single goal of competing in a “Race Across the Sky.”

Herbalife24 Prolong was in use at the aid stations.  During extended or intense exercise, Prolong provides a dual-source carbohydrate blend for immediate and sustained energy. Bioavailable electrolytes help support muscle contraction and maintain a properly functioning cellular environment, while a small amount of protein helps reduce muscle breakdown, speeding recovery time. All with a subtle, easy-to-drink flavour.


Endurance Sports Nutrition. How to fuel like a pro?

Endurance Event Planned?

While individuals often have personal preferences, here’s my quick guide to proper fueling during an endurance event like the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race.

Nearly everyone that starts Leadville or any other endurance event has logged the training hours to complete the  bike race. Those who don’t finish typically suffer from dehydration and improper sports nutrition during a 10 hour + race. Bloating, nausea, upset stomachs and cramping can potentially be avoided if you fuel yourself correctly throughout a race.  Here are my 5 tips to maximize your chances of, not only finishing an endurance event, but racing to your potential.

Eat early and often.

Whatever you eat, be sure to eat early and often during competition. Waiting until you are hungry puts you dangerously close to hitting the wall or ‘bonking’ as we cyclists call it. If you fail to eat often and keep on top of your intake then you’ll struggle throughout your bike race.

Carbs are king.

There is no myth about “carbo-loading.” Carbs account for the vast majority of the energy used by muscles. Most sports drinks contain some form of sugars and, contrary to what you may think, this is a good thing. Recent research indicated a combination of carbohydrates may work best – e.g. maltodextrin (a very rapidly metabolized glucose polymer) and fructose rather than just maltodextrin or just sucrose alone.

Keep the tank full.

For longer events, especially at Leadville, I recommend 200-250 calories per hour. Some people (pro-cyclists, larger men) can accommodate up to 400 calories per hour. The average 10 hour finisher at Leadville does holds about 150W (remember, it’s at 10,000 feet!), which equates to about 550 calories / hour – meaning he or she will burn about 5,500 calories during the race. Hence, it’s essential to keep eating whatever you can to keep the gas tank full.


Electrolytes are important for preventing cramps, supporting proper muscle function, regulating pH, enhancing hydration, and facilitating carbohydrate update. Most sports nutrition drinks claim electrolytes – but read the fine print – many sports commissions recommend 500-1000mg of sodium per liter during exercise. Look for easily absorbed electrolytes like sodium citrate.

Protein is good.

Protein is still controversial for inclusion in sports drinks. Most of the studies only look at time-trial simulations between 60-90 minutes, and the researchers don’t see significant differences in performance. But as we all know, true athletes train day-after-day, and need to recovery quickly. It’s quite clear that protein consumption during exercise helps to prevent muscle breakdown and speeds recovery. During an endurance event like Leadville, many bike racers have great success consuming some protein. The key here is some. Look for a drink with a high carb-to-protein ratio; ideally close to 10:1 as too much protein can cause bloating. And, research shows, protein isn’t well metabolized during exercise – so keep the carbs high and the protein low.

Herbalife markets a line of foods and supplements for use in an athletic regimen including Herbalife 24 Prolong
by John Heiss Ph.D

Try Prolong At The Leadville 100

With just two weeks to go until the Leadville Trail 100, riders from all around the world are pouring into Leadville to train and preview the course.  For the second year in a row, Herbalife24 Base Camp is the place to go to make sure your visit gets off on the right foot.

Offering a selection of free Herbalife24 samples including Herbalife 24 Prolong, post-ride recovery shakes, a bike wash and a mechanical station, Herbalife24 Basecamp provides everything a savvy rider needs to get the most out of his or her training. It’s also the place to go for expert training and course advice from our pro riders and LT100 veterans.

Where to Find Herbalife24 Base Camp

Conveniently located in the center of town, Herbalife24 Base Camp is the perfect place to start and end your rides.   Its directly across the street from Cycles of Life bike shop (309 Harrison Ave.), and share access to the large free public parking lot located directly behind Leadville Race Series Headquarters (316 Harrison Ave.)   From this lot, you can’t miss our open gate, mechanic area, race trailer, and nutrition station.

Herbalife24 Base Camp
112 E. 3rd Street
Leadville, CO 80461

Its at the south end of town along Harrison.  Enter from the side gate on uphill side of E. 3rd Street, or from the parking lot gate facing the FREE Public Lot located directly behind Life Time Fitness Leadville Race Headquarters.

Reasons to visit Herbalife 24 Base Camp

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  • Pre-ride fueling and hydration station featuring Herbalife24 Prolong and other Herbalife24 nutritional products
  • Self-serve mechanic station featuring basic hand tools, floor pumps, workstands, bike wash, and air compressor
  • Team Herbalife24 pro riders and Leadville veterans to answer questions regarding nutrition, race strategy, course directions, and more
  • Post-ride recovery shakes

Opening times

Herbalife 24 Base Camp will be open in Leadville until the end of August 2012

Monday to Friday

7am – 5pm:  Fueling station and mechanic station open to riders
8am – 12pm & 1pm-5pm:  Sign-in for Sample/Swag package; Team Herbalife24 representatives available for advice
1pm – 5pm:  Recovery Shakes featuring Herbalife24 Rebuild Endurance

Saturday & Sunday

9am – 1pm:  Neutral support on course for all riders; Herbalife24 Team Cars positioned at bottom of Powerline and at Twin Lakes Dam, with bottle refills and product samples.

Featured events

Saturday August 4th, 6pm:  Ride your best race training session

August 11 2012: The Leadville Trail 100 takes place.