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fixedPIl

Member since Jun 2015 • Last active Mar 2019
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    Thanks for that,

    Indeed I was planning to climb then come down to a far lower altitude. This is a bit of shake down test TBH, I have plans for a far bigger trip and thankfully having checked the weather it seems to be bright sunshine 20 degrees for 7 days so hopefully I can iron out a few setup options.

    Google maps seems to be pants for this region, I am currently looking at Strava heat maps and then plotting route onto RWGPS..

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    Afternoon all,

    Since I had such a great response regarding migraine busting energy gels I thought I would put out the question here..

    Rather than heading to Majorca or south of Spain for my normal cheeky winter get away I have decided to head to Cyprus and to be honest there is some information about the Island but not a massive amount.

    I am flying out in the next few days and have a solid week free for cycling, I am taking a slightly more fluid approach to my winter trip than years previous where it would be planned out day by day. I am taking a sleeping bag and my large Ortlieb tail pack complete with Bivy etc.

    I have taken an absurdly good deal on a apartment in Paphos and will most likely aim for 3 days as a mini tour then back to apartment for a rest day then 3 more days either taking in the climbs or I may just head out on another 3 day expedition.

    When I say I know sweet f,all about Cyprus that is a understatement, so for anyone that has been what is the food options like as you head away from the main cities, I am thinking heading into the Troodos range, I hear it can be very cold at altitude this time of year so any advice?.

    I have a MSR Pocketrocket that will need the regular fit Coleman/Camping Gaz canisters, can these be sourced in Paphos?, I see there are a few hunting shops but sadly my emails have gone unanswered. I do have a MSR whisperlite but that needs a bottle and can be used with almost any fuel such as Unleaded etc but flying with this stove and needing a brand new bottle just for the trip can be troublesome.

    As always any advice greatly appreciated..

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    Going to be in the kitchen today as I have bought some Maple syrup and other odds and sods..

    I will be rolling a few samples out in the coming days to see what works, shame the weather is so crap as I wanted to get a long ride done prior to boxing up a bike for Cyprus but what can you do...

    Any idea on packets to self fill?, I see the style that Adam Hansen uses would be great for ultra long days but would like something smaller when throw away for weekly training.

    Edit: May have found something that is basically a refillable baby food pouch, otherwise will just get a marathon style gel bottle..

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    Wow, thanks for the response,

    Maple syrup seems to be the way forward, think I will get one of those pouches that Adam Hansen uses and go from there.

    Regarding the actual ingredient that triggers it I would have to say, no I have not been able to fine tune it down that much.

    I can drink orange juice without issue, and citrus does not seem to be a factor for me.

    I have spoken to a number of companies ref ingredient change and Clif was by far the best help I could have asked for, certainly they went well above and beyond what I could ever imagine and as such I can eat certain bars from them without issue, Peanut Butter for example is my go to..

    @PhilDAS, seems we share the same symptoms, 2-3 days I am man down, certainly they can come and go with mild discomfort but when the big one's hit they are absurdly terrible. luckily I have had so many that I do not panic with them like a lot of people. I know that certain cheese would trigger mine off hence I now avoid all dairy products, at the very least my heart will thank me long term.

    Any recipes for Maple syrup that people have used that works?, quantities of ingredients etc?..

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    Need a wee bit of advice..

    I suffer with spectral migraines (temp blindness caused by strobe like lights that go across one's field of view for 45 minutes followed by banging head ache), I had my first one when I was about 12 and over the years I can say that they are 100% related to diet and certain foods, I can go a year with none then have 10 in a matter of weeks if I start eating something different that triggers them.

    Obviously in the cycling world we have copious amounts of energy gels and bars and I can be certain that a majority of energy gels will bring on an attack almost timing it to the hour after consumption.

    I thought I had this little chestnut in the bag in that the last 3 years I had been using a marketing leading gel in a certain flavour without any migraines, I have tried other flavours from this brand and will get a attack by that evening. Sadly it seems that maybe the composition of this flavour has changed recently and I am now getting migraines with it also. I will make it clear there is zero issues with the product, it is my own sensitivity that is causing it, even certain bars will start a episode as will certain tablets and so on...

    What I am looking for is a company large or small that offers a organic energy gel without the chemical elements that maybe causing these attacks. I changed my diet drastically about 5 years ago so I am borderline Vegan and that has improved my situation vastly, not to mention my overall well being and fitness. However with the distances and intensity of my riding and training I really need to have the option of a gel that works for me and sadly I am currently buggered as every one thus far is causing issues.

    If anyone knows of a truly organic gel or even a recipe that could be home brewed please let me know. There is fairly limited information regarding spectral migraines and energy products, and it is relatively rare for men to get them (but certainly not unheard of).

    I am off bike packing at the end of the month to Cyprus and was expecting to have a ton of gels stashed away for the Troodos range, currently it is looking like I will have to sustain myself on grass and tree bark...

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    I had a very polite email back from them stating it should be directed to Essex Authority but could not forward my email due to GDPR..

    I will re submit in the coming seconds..

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    I used it 5-6 days a week as part of my training route, I tend to totally miss out the first section from the Shell Garage to the Robin Hood pub now by going via the High beech tea hut route and cutting down to the Robin Hood roundabout. Sadly I have little option but to dive head first down the second section where my soul is rattled out of my ears.

    I wonder if the Dunwich Dynamo will use it this year?. I can only imagine how soul destroying going the other way must be?. ;-)

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