Allen Lim: Sports Nutrition and Marginal Gains

Allen Lim is best known for his Skratch drink mix. It has hydrated countless riders and been in the bottles of top cyclists around the world. But the road to becoming one of the most well-known people in sports nutrition was crooked and bumpy. Allen tells Josh how the Secret Drink mix almost never made it. How he used the ideas of compassion and caring to steer athletes away from doping. And how his use of a rice cooker was turned against him in an ugly way.

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  • Jock Boyer

    Hi there,
    Great interview, just to let Allen know that my wife got his cook book, has a rice cooker and has been feeding our African riders from Benin his rice cakes for race and training food. So his rice legacy is continuing in Africa. I remember distinctly the race rice cakes in our feed bags racing as a teenager in Europe in the 70’s. It is also refreshing to know that someone else doesn’t allow cell phones at team tables, meals are on time and together.. So much can be said about demonstrating to riders the passion involved in enabling them to reach their potential. Thanks again for a fantastic interview. I have no idea why it took me so long to find such like minded people with this podcast.

  • Mr Lewis Askey

    Hi Guys,

    Lewis Askey here, FDJ conti rider but will be moving up to the WT team next year. Love the podcast, its often the soundtrack to my long rides. Writing from Besançon France🙂

    My question is: Shimano or the team seem to be pushing tubeless tires. I know with testing they have better rolling resistance but I always feel so much more “racey” and fast on a set of tubs (Contiental compétions). As far as I understand resistance testing is always tested at an set consistent speed. I’m wondering if there has been testing on how tubs vs tubless respond under hard acceleration. Obviously this is a big part of road racing and it’s one of the ideas I’ve thought about when trying to figure out why I never feel as fast on the tubeless tires.

    Any ideas.

  • Barto

    Hey crew! A question from the gravel roads of Australia for the next Ask Josh Anything episode please!!

    I’ve been given the wife’s go-ahead to purchase my dream gravel/road bike and have been thinking about one bike with two wheelsets for summer/winter riding. Currently I’m riding 35–38c gravel tyres for summer, and a second wheels set with 45c slightly knobblier tyres for wet winter conditions. My questions is: how much advantage do I get with this type of set up, vs just putting a few extra PSI in my 45c winter setup for summer riding?**

    Assumptions are:

    1. Tyre sizes 35–38c summer, 45–50c winter

    2. Gravel tyres: small and dense centre knobs w slightly larger side knobs, tubeless

    3. Terrain: 50/50 road/gravel where both the road surface and gravel surfaces for the most part are ok but not pristine

    4. Winter gravel conditions are mostly sandy/loamy with occasional clay corrugations

    5. Not racing, just exploring the area with 120–200km per week.

    Should I buy a second wheelset, or use the larger tyres with a few extra PSI instead? What type of gains am I looking at with a dedicated summer setup?

    Thanks guys! Hopefully my question will hit home with a few of your readers too ;)

    Love the podcast.

    Cheers from Australia


  • Robert Chung

    This is a fascinating, resonant, and provocatively controversial episode.

    I still credit things to the Cycling Merit Badge. And I completely grok doubling down on rice cookers.

    I enjoyed it.

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