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LottoNL-JUMBO WINS IN PORTUGAL

Though not a World Tour race, Portugal`s Volta Algarve is a major sports event every year. The 2017 edition held from the 15th to the 19th of February held all its promises.

Primoz Roglic wins overall leaving the time trial to Jonathan Castroviejo 

Our Slovenian teammate made it to the 3rd place on the time trial but overall, after 19hours 4 minutes and 3 seconds, and without winning any of the five races, puts Lotto-NL Jumbo on the highest step of the podium, followed by Team Sky`s Michael Kwiatowski.

Jumbo-824x400 On 4 of the 5 stages, Compressport`s teammates assert themselves as cycling pros and made it to the top of the table. A remarkable performance to be noted from Lotto Soudal`s Andre Griepel (Stage 4), Quick-Step Floors` Fernado Gaviria (Stage 1) and Daniel Martin (Stage 2) and John Degenkolb from Trek-Segafredo (Stage 4).

Erick Agüero sets a new national record in compression clothing!

Who else but the local boy to make a mark on the Costa Rican Coastal Challenge. In Compressport`s compression clothing, Agüero grasps the 4th place, overall, with a time of 24:57:43. By so doing he beats the national record by 2 hours!

Gabi Molina finished her week`s challenge in the most classy manner: a 10th overall place in the women`s league. Time: 37:00:44.

Other Lands… Other Tracks… Other Wins…

Alejandro Valverde from Movistar was a pedal faster than him but Alberto Contador must be proud of his overall 2nd place at the Spanish Ruta del Sol.

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David Hauss, new Compressport recruit, is beginning to set the statistics in his favour. Last weekend, he won the Antiguan Olympic Distance Triathlon in 2h01.

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 Craig Alexander goes on winning the Australian Husky Long Course Triathlon.

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Tireless Michael Wardian stays in New Zealand after Tarawera, and wins a 6th place at the Shotover Moonlight Marathon.

The tough Hajar Ultra Race in the Emirates and its +4500 vertical meters did not deter Bulgarian Andrey Gridin from reaching the finish line first.


Stay tuned to Compressport ® for upcoming events and results.

TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT COMPRESSION DEBUNKED

COMPRESSION GARMENTS ARE RESERVED FOR PRO ATHLETES! WRONG.

A lot of pro athletes are using compression, but even if you are a beginner, compression will bring you the same benefits as pro athletes. During the effort, limiting vibrations, compression will reduce muscle damage, delay muscle fatigue, improve prolonged performances and prevent delayed muscle soreness). Moreover, wearing compression during recovery will increase the oxygen supply, eliminating toxins faster and preventing swelling). Everyone, either pro athletes or competitors needs the very best to reach the top.

SPORT COMPRESSION = CONTENTION ! WRONG.

Inspired by medical contention and adapted to sports, sport compression is way more more elastic and designed to maintain optimal and gradual compression levels onto working muscles. Thus, wearing elastic compression will ensure a light and fresh legs feeling while offering a great freedom of movement.

SPORT COMPRESSION ISN’T FOR EVERYONE! WRONG.

In the absence of medical contraindications, everyone can use compression.

SEAMLESS COMPRESSION = SEAMED COMPRESSION GARMENTS! WRONG.

At COMPRESSPORT®, we exclusively work with seamless processes for many reasons :

Seamless Technology allows specific compression to be engineered into the garment without the use of uncomfortable seams.
Thus, seamless technology allows the ultimate in compression, comfort, fit and performance.
Seamless means no fraying and no fraying means consistent quality of compression and longer life span. Only seamless compression products benefit from a 2 years warranty

WARM WEATHER MAKES COMPRESSION UNBEARABLE! WRONG.

All Compressport products are made with light and breathable fibers for better thermoregulation. We’ve reached this maximum potential with the revolutionary and patented fibre used in the brand new PRO R2 SWISS, which is, thanks to its bio-ceramic crystals, able to reflect indefinitely these distant infrared signals. This “mirror effect” activates the microcirculation on the surface of the skin (+92%) and leads to a secondary benefit : Better thermoregulation (+51%*).

* Independent results measured by the KosmoSCIENCE Institute laboratory.

COMPRESSION BENEFITS AREN’T SCIENTIFICALLY DEMONSTRATED! WRONG.

Two recent meta-analysis* (based on 40 scientific studies on compression) related to sport compression have shown that using compression garments induces athletes’ better performances and recovery whatever the sport practiced… If some minor studies actually do not relate any positive effects, it seems that the use of unsuitable type of compression (too strong or weak compression, for example) jeopardize these conclusions.

* Born DP, Sperlich B, Holmberg HC. Bringing light into the dark: effects of compression clothing on performance and recovery. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 2013;8:4-18
* Hill J, Howatson G, van Someren K, Leeder J, Pedlar C. Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: a meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med, 2014;48:1340-1346

WE CAN’T USE COMPRESSION FOR EVERY SPORT. WRONG.

Increasing the venous return, reducing the vibrations (-33%), reducing the risk of injuries (-29%), enhancing the recovery and the muscle oxygenation (+15-20%), compression garments can be used for every disciplines. From Trail Running, to Triathlon, through Cycling or Swimming, from Football to Rugby or Basketball, every sportsman needs garments he can trust to help him increase its performances and thus to protect himself.

ALL COMPRESSION GARMENTS MAY BE USED IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCES! WRONG.

In order to allow any athlete or sportsman to optimize its performances in any occasion, COMPRESSPORT has developed a wide range of products to meet every specific need. Before, during or after the effort, your body needs different types of stimuli. Feeling of lightness before, reducing vibrations and thus delaying fatigue and risk of injuries during, recover faster after : each product, however versatile, is designed to suit more one or the other need, this in order to reach maximal efficiency.

COMPRESSION GARMENTS CAN’T REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURIES! WRONG.

A scientific study carried out on more than 1200 sportsmen and presented to the last International Olympic Committee (Monaco 2014)* has shown a significant reduction in risk of injuries (29%) if the sportsman always and rigorously use compression during its trainings and competitions.
*Ménétrier A (2014). The use of elastic compression to decrease the risk of injuries.Br J Sports Med 48:638

COMPRESSPORT ONLY DO COMPRESSION! WRONG.

Compression is for sure COMPRESSPORT®’s core business. This technical environment, very performance-oriented and aiming at accompany the athletes before, during and after the effort have allowed COMPRESSPORT® to develop other specific technologies such as the Postural, the Ultra-Light or Extreme Comfort. These ultra-efficient products are designed to support you during your craziest runs and races as well as during your more demanding trainings.

GET TO KNOW FREDERIK VAN LIERDE

Frederik Van Lierde is a Belgium professional triathlete and the 2013 Ironman triathlon World Champion, in Hawaii – 2013. He finished the race with a 51:02 swim, a 4:25:37 bike and a 2:51:18 marathon to capture the win in total of 8:12:29.

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1/ Fred, how long have you been using compression clothing?

Since 2009, in fact after a stress fracture on my right calf !

2/ How do you feel when you use the Compressport range before, during and after the effort and during your trips?

During training and competitions, I can feel for sure they help to absorb the shocks but also keeping the blood circulating. A very nice feeling, never cramping or sore, just perfect to me! And in hot conditions they can even keep my calf muscles cooler because of the protection (white) reflecting the sun. Some water on them, gives you a fresher feeling as well. After races or on really hard training camps I use them a lot, especially the Full Legs. The best way to recover for me!

For trips, long rides or flights, it’s the best! Before I tend to have swollen legs a lot of times and since I use the Compressport Full Socks, my legs stay exactly the same after the trip compared to my legs before the trip.

3/ Do you remember any race or training where the Compressport range has made a crucial difference (in terms of injuries, performance and or recovery)?

For sure in Hawaii Ironman, the hardest endurance race on this planet, in 2012and 2013. Before 2012, I always wore the compression only on the marathon and the bike part without. Legs were a lot sorer then and muscles were warmer and suffered more because of the sun. In 2012 I decided, because of that, to put them on in T1 (transition swim to bike). So I rode the full 180km with +the marathon! What a difference: 3rd place at Hawaii in 2012 and now in 2013, Ironman World Champion!

GET TO KNOW GEDIMINAS GRINIUS

Hello Gediminas, just few words to introduce you. You are a Lithuanian soldier, father of 2 and husband. You finished 3rd at the 2014 UTWT ranking and recently won TransGranCanaria signing the course recorded indeed. How do you manage your time between your job, family and training/competition?

Indeed, time is my biggest enemy. As I started to run more and compete in international events I found out that 24 hours is not enough anymore. As you mentioned I am not professional athlete, so duty comes first and just then I can concentrate on running, which sometimes is very difficult to do. Trying to find time is challenging in overloaded schedule, but as running changed my life and has very important role in it, I must to sacrifice other things which love: sleep less, use holidays for racing and any spare time like lunches for training. My family is not an exception as well, but since they are very supportive it didn’t dramatically affected our relations. Usually, I travel to races with them and like to think that it is our holidays, which all love, but sometimes reality is different: kids miss their father and wife her husband, who is somewhere on the trails, but not with them.

You served in Iraq and came back with a post-traumatic stress disorder. Running is the solution you found to escape from this. Had you planned such a successful career in running/trail running?

Yes, having few issues after deployment I was looking for solution and the best answer I came up with was – running. I noticed that after the long run there were no worries, problems and tensions left. I felt relaxed, back to normal and could cope with others and myself much better. I have never thought, that I could race with the worlds best like equal, because never been runner or athlete myself. However, must to admit, that reading and watching all the media about pro-runners I imagined one day running among them. So, guess being dreamer, patient and stubborn I have made it true.

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Few weeks ago you were at the start of TransGranCanaria and won it. Tell us how your day was.

This years TGC had a huge field of elite runners. I wasn’t worried or concerned at all as my main aim was to improve upon my 2014 time and position and hopefully have a good race with the top runners along the course. During the race I had my ups and downs, but apparently I could cope with it better than others. With the finish line drawing closer, I noticed that I am in the lead and more important time was good enough for the course record, so I just kept pushing and was so happy to not only win the race, but also set a new course record of 14hrs 23mins and 41secs.

The first time you participated to a trail running race was in 2009 for the IAU Trail Running World Championship. It was also the first time you used Compressport compression garments. How did that happen? What other Compressport products did you use after that?

In 2009 I was so new to running and especially trail, that looked for all available help and support. Knowing that calves suffering the most in a long mountain run I noticed Compressport calf sleeves, which in my mind was the perfect solution in a fight with muscle fatigue and the best recovery option after the race. Feeling that it real works for me, as I liked reduced bouncing of my calves, I decided to help my quads as well and bought Trail Running Compression Underwear Shorts just before so far my longest race – Lavaredo Ultra Trail. Placing third after Anton Krupicka and Mike Foote just one more time proved Compressport being effective.

You have a long history using the Compressport products. What is your feedback about the evolution of the products and the product offer? What are the products you use in training and at races, and why?

I am very impressed by evolution of Compressport as it offers huge variety of trail running range. Recent development of lighter, more colorful and more technologically improved apparel makes it desirable choice of any runner. My racing and training choice is UW Trail Running Shorts, Pro Racing arm Sleeve, R2 Race & Recovery. I try to use the same Compressport products for training and racing, since the best training is that is as much similar to real race as possible. To be able run longer and further I put a lot of focus on proper recovery and right now it is impossible without not having pair of Fulleg garment.

What advice would you give to someone willing to do Ultra Trail Running? 

Definitely go for it! It is hard to describe how trail running rewarding is, you must to feel it and the only way to experience it, is to put your sneakers on and go for this life long adventure, because this what trail running is about. And most important don’t forget to be patient as you can’t start build the house from the roof, concentrate on the foundation and the rest will come with the time.

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Riding in the city

No one needs Tour de France season to love to bicycle in the summer…and during the year! Growing up, my bike was my key to liberty, way before I was old enough to have a car. Since I was ten, I love the idea of taking my bicycle to reach any destination in town and still taking it for a ride with my friends in the country.

Today, if you take your bicycle in the city, you’d better take it also in the countryside regularly, at least to clean up your lungs from pollution. A study recently showed that cyclists absorb four times more fine particles than car drivers in town. This intoxication increases the risks of respiratory and cardiac diseases…

Of course, the more you breathe, the more you are exposed to pollution. The problem is that it is very difficult for cyclists today to avoid pollution, especially during hot days, even in the mountains.

There are certainly some solutions…

What about wearing a mask?

Made out of electrostatic coal, these masks are efficient against certain allergens, some pollutants and a number of bad odors. Actually, a simple cloth worn as a mask can already diminish up to 20% of very fine dust. But this device has a side effect: It forces the cyclist to deepen his breathing. Breathing deeper, he also breathes more particles. Not the ideal…

So, I would like to share a few aromatic tricks with you

  • Avoid hyperventilation: ride quietly and breathe through your nose, which filters air better than the mouth. To help your control your cardiac rhythm, and your breathing, try this essential oil mix on your chest before you go: In 5 ml of almond oil, add 3 drops of litsea cubeba (may chang) essential oil and 2 drops of lavendula angustifolia (true lavender). You can also chose to simply put this mix in a vial and smell it regularly.
  • Adapt your itinerary! It sounds evident, but it makes a bid difference! Stay away from traffic.
  • Avoid riding on hot days.
  • Protect your respiratory system with this cleansing and immune stimulant blend: In 5 ml of almond oil, add 3 drops of picea mariana essential oil (black spruce) and 3 drops of citrus lemonum (lemon) essential oil. Massage your chest and your lower back with this blend before you go. You’ll feel energized and protected.
  •  If you plan a long ride on a hot day, mix both blends: in 10 ml of almond oil, add 3 drops of litsea cubeba, 2 drops of lavendula antustifolia, 3 drops of picea mariana and 3 drops of citrus lemonum.

And do not forget to drink!

Enjoy your ride!

PIERRA MENTA D’ETE

The first edition of Pierra Menta d’été was an amazing success! We are really proud of all the participants and the organisation was awesome. A really great partnership to celebrate through this beautiful video ! Enjoy it !

Find the Pierra Menta Website here

IT TOOK ONLY TALENT… BUT MAY BE NOT ONLY!

Javier Gomez NOYA and Romain GUILLAUME are the first IRONMAN 70.3 winners of the year!

The first-named lifts the trophy in Dubai…

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while the second puts his name on top of the table when he rushed to the finish line of Ironman 70.3, in East London, South Africa.

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Talent you may say, but when perseverance is geared in compression clothing, the results can be no more but WONDERFUL!

Ruedi WILD, after a tremendous performance, stands on the bronze step of the podium in Dubai.

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In the women’s league, Emma PALLANT and Kristin MOELLER made it 4th in Dubai and SA respectively.


SEVEN – Stamina, Energy, Vitality, Enthusiasm, Nuts

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Completely nuts indeed Michael WARDIAN had to be, to trust and believe that he can run 7 races in 7 days on 7 different continents… and break his own record, to top it all!

His playgrounds went from Antarctica to Chile and Miami, crossing the oceans to the Madrid, Morocco, Dubai and Australia.

He did it!!


AN AVALANCHE WON`T STOP HIM !

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Last week, he was 8th at the end of his ski-mountaineering race on the ISMF World Cup 1st Round… this week  William Bon MARDION gained 2 places and finished 6th on the second round held at Cambre dÀze, in the French Pyrenees. The elements were not lenient at all and heavy snow falls did not deter the mountaineers, least our other partners – Sevennec, Maguet, Ecoeur, Viret were just fantastic.


PERFORMANCE WAS THEIRS TOO… IN OTHER COMPRESSION CLOTHING…

…. AND UNDER OTHER SKIES

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1st Race of the Year ….. 1st Win of the Year… Diego “Zpeedy” PAZOS is set rolling the trail tracks as he wins the 45 Km Trail de la Galinette in 3 : 51 : 56.


The Challenge Mallorca was won pedals down by Tim Wellens (1st two stages) and Andre Griepel (3rd stage) of Pro Cycling Team Lotto Soudal.

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In France, Ludovic POMMERET wins the Trail Blanc de Valfrejus

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while at the other end of the world, in Argentina, Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team wins 5 of the 7 stages of the Vuelta a San Juan.


Stay tuned to Compressport® and get the latest news about your favorite sports!

TOP TRIATHLON PERFORMANCES OF 2016

You are reading : Top Triathlon performances of 2016


As a partner and sponsor, COMPRESSPORT® supports athletes, from different sports, in the endeavor to overcome limits and realize their full potential on the hardest of tracks! It has been a pleasure to support these world class Triathletes!

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HERE ARE THE COMPRESSPORT® TOP TRIATHLON PERFORMANCES OF 2016!

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BERTRAND BILLARD

TRIATHLON
French Pro Athlete 

1ST IRONMAN® 70.3 PAYS D'AIX 2016

Against a talented field, Bertrand Billard showed his great strength on the bike to take the win for the 2nd time


LUCY CHARLES

TRIATHLON
UK Pro Athlete 

3RD IRONMAN® LANZAROTE 2016

Young British rising star Lucy Charles chose Lanzarote for her first race as a professional. Making the jump from age category, the great swimmer exited the water with the pro men almost 8 minutes ahead of the next female. At the end, she secured a very well deserved 3rd place! 


MATT CHRABOT

TRIATHLON
US Pro Athlete 

3RD ITU LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Towards the end of a very successful season, Matt Charbot earned a bronze in Oklahoma City against the Worlds best triathletes in the world! 


VICTOR DEL CORRAL

TRIATHLON
Spanish Pro Athlete 

1ST IRONMAN® FRANCE-NICE 2016

Victor Del Corral stormed home with a 2:42¨marathon to take the win at IRONMAN® France Nice 2016! 


MELISSA HAUSCHILDT

TRIATHLON
Australian Pro Athlete 

1ST IRONMAN® EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Melissa Hauschildt took the win in Frankfurt, storming home with a time of 9:01 and the fastest run split of the day.


MELISSA HAUSCHILDT

TRIATHLON
Australian Pro Athlete 

2ND IRONMAN® 70.3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Melissa Hauschildt, with a run course record, she went on to become the first person in history to win the Euro Champ double in one year


BRENT MCMAHON

TRIATHLON
Canadian Pro Athlete 

1ST IRONMAN® BRAZIL 2016

Brent McMahon is the 2016 South American Champion and he set the 2nd fastest Ironman® ever record!


FREDERIK VAN LIERDE

TRIATHLON
Belgian Pro Athlete 

1ST IRONMAN® COZUMEL 2016

After a season with bad luck, Frederik Van Lierde finished the year with a great course record of over nine minutes!


RUEDI WILD

TRIATHLON
Swiss Pro Athlete 

3RD IRONMAN® 70.3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

After a consistent year of podium results, Ruedi Wild got a nice reward taking a bronze medal at IRONMAN® 70.3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016.

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Gluten… An enemy?

Have you tried to eat gluten free food? Maybe it can be good to feel how your body system works without it.

Your body needs carbs, your body does not need gluten

Gluten are the protein fraction of wheat, oats, rye and barley.The gluten are king of “intestinal mucosa aggressor”. The explanation accepted for this effect is that the molecules derived from the digestion of wheat are too large and can cause a flattening permeability.

Also, the gluten  can be responsible for a reduction of the production of digestive enzymes with local effects like a reduction of the nutrients absorption, an increase of the absorption of food allergens, abdominal cramps, gases, bloating, diarrhea alternated with constipation.

Most wheat has absolutely no nutritional value because of the processing factor, wheat is usually fortified because of it’s lack of nutritional value. What I like best about being gluten free is that cutting out gluten has also meant nearly all of the processed food diet has been eliminated (pasta/bread).

Plus, we are also ingesting far less sugar and sodium which has made a great difference in the area of weight and general feeling of health.

The skin gets better, no acne, no gas in the intestine.

Peptides which affect blood circulation as products of the gluten digestion can provoke systemic affects such weight gain, inflammation, headaches, joint and muscle pains, bloating, mood swings, lack of concentration, insulin resistance, increased abdominal fat and food cravings.

Let’s try?

We can try to take out the pasta, bread, rye, oats, biscuits, soy sauce and barley for example…

Then, you can have rice (100% natural cereal), potatoes, corn crackers, sweet potatoes, corn, hominy, rice crackers, quinoa…

I hope you feel “lighter” and eat “cleaner”! 

Marathon Des Sables® diet

What should I take for one week race in the desert?

During the MDS® the runner must have a minimum total weight of 6.5 kg. The important is to have 14.000 kcal, which will decrease each day around 2000 kcal and it’s equivalent weight approx. 500gr or 600gr/day in your bag.

Everything must be well planned and trained.

The runner must train with his bag, shoes, socks…but his principal objective here is think about hydration, food and supplements for this race. That means nutritional requirements during  the desert run, like having a quick digestion, lots of calories in few aliments and easily absorbed without gastrointestinal complications. The supplementary food is very important in this kind of race.

Normally many runners will carry more than 6,5 kg during the Marathon des Sables®, but its important to know the weight limit and the rules because each day the organizers will control the runner’s bag.

What should the runner bring for this week race?

The runner couldn’t forget the base rule to have energy and succeed during this marathon:

  1. Provide carbohydrates to maintain adequate blood glucose concentration and delay the depletion of glycogen stores.
  2. Replenishment of electrolytes, especially sodium.
  3. Fluid replacement to prevent dehydration.
  4. After each stage day race take also some protein and amino acids to recovery muscle.
  5. If the runner does it, it’s no mystery, he can enjoy the race and finish all course with health.

Some examples of what to bring during the Marathon des Sables® for breakfast:

  • Cereals or oats.
  • Nuts (cashews, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts).
  • Cappucino in powder.
  • Dates.

15 min before race departure:

1 gel.

During the stage day of Marathon des Sables®:

  • Electrolytes (mineral salt).
  • Energy bars.
  • Gels.
  • Dry fruits (dates, raisins, prunes).
  • Honey.

Lunch time (after the stage day race):

  • Electrolytes (mineral salt).
  • Amino acids (BCAA and Glutamina).
  • Lyophilized food.
  • Nuts.

Dinner time (after the stage day race):

  • Cuscus or mashed potatoes.
  • Dry cheese or dry meat (ham, chorizo).
  • Soup in powder.

During the long stage (day 4) probably the runner needs something else to eat as a solid food.

Maybe can be the  lyophilized food if it’s quickly to prepare and the runner doesn’t need hot water. Otherwise the runner can take some cereals with dry fruits. Important to bring a bit of oil, salt and pepper then the ultra runner can cook his meal using it. Also one peace of garlic and ginger because they works as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Remember the basic rules for an ultra runner

15 minutes before departure:

Eat something between 30-50g of carbohydrate such as a bar, a gel or dry banana.

During the race:

WEIGHT KG X 0.7 = x gr MINIMUM of CARBOHYDRATE/HOUR.
WEIGHT KG X 1 = x gr MAXIMUM of CARBOHYDRATE/HOUR.

Usually the best quantity is between 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour of racing.