As a lot of people know, the Tour de France is happening right now and keeping in the spirit of things, I'm reading "The Tour" written by Dave Shields. While the story itself is fiction, Shields has filled the book with factual information about cycling's premiere event.
A profile of each stage of the tour starts off most chapters and it is helpful to refer back to the profile as the story (and race) progresses. I found some interesting advice on what to eat while on a tour:"Ben regarded his own heaping plate of spaghetti. He and the rest of the team were eating a meal similar to the one they had last night. Homemade noodles in a light olive-oil sauce, a little Pearmesan cheese sprinkled over the top. Lots of carbs, no spices. Their internal organs were too taxed to deal with complex foods. The only big difference from dinner was that the evening meal always included a protein source for rebuilding muscles. At breakfast, highly accessible energy was the priority."
I'm looking forward to reading more of Shields books. This guy knows what he's writing about and if you're a cyclist and/or a reader this book would make fine winter reading when day-dreaming of summer cycling is at its richest.