Photo credit: Michal Cerveny, SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team
Nino Schurter on his nutrition in everyday life, in training and in competition
Olympic champion, eight-time world champion, overall winner at Cape Epic and Swiss athlete of the year. Nino Schurter has achieved everything that can be achieved in XCO mountain biking. Regardless of his future successes, the charming biker will go down in history as one of the most successful Swiss athletes. We met Nino shortly after winning his eighth world champion title and were allowed to ask him some questions about his nutrition:
Nino, what significance does nutrition have for you as a top athlete and what do you personally pay most attention to?
Nutrition is clearly an important part of the whole success. If you demand a lot from your body, you have to make sure that your body gets everything it needs. Personally, I pay attention to a balanced cuisine and high-quality products.
What is the most important food/nutrition advice you can give to an ambitious mountain biker?
The joy of eating is very important. That's why I recommend: Pay attention to healthy food, but don't count calories. When it comes to food during a competition or during training, that's a little bit less freestyle. You have to have an exact plan of what to eat and when.
Which two SPONSER products do you use most often, both in training and in competition?
The LIQUID ENERGY GEL is invaluable in the very sense of the word. Without it I would not be the first to reach the finish line. PRO RECOVERY SHAKES are also indispensable after hard training and competitions.
And what kind of food for bikers do you think should be invented?
A drink that lowers the body temperature at the same time.