I am doing a solo, unsupported 2 day charity ride, covering 260 miles in total. I am not taking any panniers or backpack, the only things im taking will fit in my saddlebag and my jersey pockets.
The ride isn't an even split with the first day a mammoth (to me) 170 miles, though relatively flat ~1,700m climbing.
I have ridden 100 miles many times and have fueled myself sufficiently through pre ride eating and gels, snacks and drinks on the ride.
I am also not worried about the post ride nutrition as have done this many times as well.
The thing I am unsure on is this:
170 miles is just under 70 miles further than I have ever ridden in one go.
I know I can go just over 100 miles in about 6 hours without any issues on gels and snacks. I have a brand that I know doesn't cause me any stomach upset eating ~ 3 gels an hour for this time period.
I am estimating 170 miles will take me somewhere between 10 and 12 hours to complete.
Would I be stupid to try to complete this on gels & snacks alone? bearing in mind I'd have to carry somewhere close to 30 gels etc.
Should I try to find a place to stop and eat a proper meal? and if so what type of things should I try to eat?
I would assume carbs, rice or pasta but not too much, would any protein be good too? Fat & bread that sit on the stomach would be a big no no I assume.
I was thinking about 90 miles into the first day so after about 6 hours, this puts me just over half way through the day and the area im looking at is on a big stretch between castles (im visiting 32 castles as the basis for the charity challenge)