Sure, we all know Tour de France cyclists have to eat a lot. Like 6,000 to 9,000 calories per day a lot, according to NPR.
“The cyclists now competing in the 101st rendition of the race are burning an average of 700 calories per hour while riding,” NPR reports. “The almost nonstop eating begins with juice as soon as the athletes wake, according to Nigel Mitchell, head of nutrition for Team Sky.”
But if you ever wonder what they’re eating during the grueling 23-day race through France, check out the recent Twitter posts from Garmin-Sharp team’s chef, Sean Fowler.
There is steak tartar with goat cheese, fresh figs, cherry tomatoes and macadamia nuts and seared peppercorn duck beast strips with caramelized pears. And this July 24 tweet (pictured above): “Seared fresh tuna topped with lemon sauce, hoisin and caramelized ginger #TDF2014 #keepthemhappy.”
Garmin is based is Kansas City, but Fowler, originally from Colorado, runs a restaurant in the Catalan Pyrenees.
According to a 2011 story on Slipstreamsports.com, Fowler is also an avid cyclist and he and his wife, Olga, started cooking for Garmin-Sharp team during the during the 2009 Tour de France. The story goes on to say that the Fowlers sources their food on the road, which can be hard sometimes, and avoid difficult-to-digest items.
Scroll through these tweets to whet your appetite. The Tour ends July 27.
From July 24, avocado ice cream with banana and raspberry topped with raspberry coulis:
From July 22, “Fideua” with hake and nutrient dense veggies:
From July 21, barbeque sesame chicken:
From July 20, seared peppercorn duck beast strips with caramelized pears:
And here’s Fowler, just having fun: