Prep for the Long Haul
Studies have shown that too much time on the saddle can crush your pudendal canal and lead to a variety of health problems. "For professional cyclists, there's a definite concern," Hincapie says. "I use a Fizik Aliante seat and wear Hincapie bike shorts – my brand – and we buy our shammies from Italy. The guys seem to be comfortable with it." And to keep from starving on long rides which, for Hincapie, can be up to seven hours, he throws down a few ZipVit bars. Better yet, if he's lucky, he'll be carrying his wife's own version. "I love homemade bars with granola, nuts, raisins, and honey. That's the natural good stuff. It's important to eat something you enjoy or else it gets monotonous."