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February 15, 2019 2 min read

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a pro athlete? What does their day-to-day look like behind the scenes? What do they eat? How do they fuel during a race? We chatted with a few of our elite ambassadors to get some answers and learn more about what life is like at the top of the game.

Our first feature is on the Toronto Hustle Cycling Syndicate. This group is serious about training, and just as series about eating, -their love of coffee, and burritos is unparalleled. We chatted with them to gain insight into fuelling, their favourite races and funniest race moments.

In our first part of this two-part series, we’ll talk about nutrition leading up to a race, and favourite races.

Tell us about your typical breakfast:

“I usually eat oatmeal in the morning because you can have so many different combinations. You can pretty much have a different bowl of oatmeal everyday. I eat breakfast around 8:30-9”- Kurt Penno

“Coffee and toast at 7:30am. Coffee because I need to, toast because it's easy.” -Kyle Boorsma

Tell us about your typical lunch:

“For lunch I’ll have a sandwich because like with oatmeal you can change it up everyday and still have a good meal. Lunch for me is noon or just after.”- Kurt Penno

“No lunch is typical. During long base training season it’s on the the bike, or pit stop. Bars, gels... sometimes a massive burrito.”--Anton Varabei

“Ummm not super typical but I like burritos. No set time really to be honest.”-Evan Murphy

What is your go-to pre-race/big workout dinner?

“Steak (rare), orzo pasta, baked potatoes, and veggies”- Kurt Penno

Burrito”-Kyle Boorsma

What's your favourite post-race meal?

“I consume a recovery shake post race ASAP... Most of the time we have to drive a long way to races, so I don't usually make dinner post-race. So I'll typically look for a good burrito place.”-Noah Simms

“Pizza, the strong gluten bonds are impossible to resist”. -Yuri Hrycaj

Burrito”-Anton Varabei

“Ice cream”-Evan Murphy

“Beer... and burritos”-Benoit Boulay

If you could only eat 1 thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Burritos.  So much variety.” -Benoit Boulay

“Ramen”-Evan Murphy

What is your favourite race you have ever done and why?

“My favourite races are the international ones abroad: Costa Rica, China, UAE because they are so culturally eye opening and unique! UAE was the only race I experienced with proper echelons on every Stage, and I loved it!”-Anton Varabei

“Tour de White Rock ! Huge crowds with a good mix of punchy hills, flats, as well as the course changes for the last 6 laps to a condensed hill climb circuit.”-Yuri Hrycaj

Stay tuned for part 2 coming next Friday!

You can find more information about the Toronto Hustlehere.