Having agreed to cycle 100 miles in a day, I have been doing some research. Instead of anything useful, however, I have been looking into some fun statistics…
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100 miles at 10 miles per hour is 10 hours of cycling.
A man of my size will burn around 500 calories per hour.
10 hours of cycling, burning 500 calories an hour, equates to burning 5000 calories.
Added to my normal (somewhat terrifying) metabolic rate, I will burn more calories in this 100-mile cycle than I would in a day of trekking to the North Pole..
Burning off the calories, however, is the least of my worries. Far more challenging will be ingesting his amount of energy, whilst cycling all day long! For one thing, I’m on a bike; where the hell am I meant to store 3 days’ of food and drink? Store it away in my Lycra? Under my helmet? Stored in saddle bags? To give you an idea of quite how epic 5000 calories is, I have done some research.
5000 calories is roughly the equivalent of:
- 4 kg of raw wild boar (9 lbs) – MAN FOOD!
- 2 entire roast chickens
- 54 large fried eggs
- 27.5 pints of beer
- 50 bananas
- 1.8 kg of home-made cheesecake (4 lbs)
Or, if I fancied a meal: 10 bananas, 11 fried eggs, 300 grams of cheesecake, 5 pints of beer and half a roast chicken. Yum yum!!