It's official: Cyclists go crazy for donuts. We asked Nancy Clark, RD, a sports nutritionist in Boston, as well as two veritable donut experts—Heather Schmidt, owner of Union Square Donuts in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Yasir Salem, multi-time donut derby winner and competitive eater—to help you choose the best confections to eat before, during or after a ride. The most exciting revelation: If your energy crashes after a postride pastry, don't blame the donut! “It may be because you didn’t eat enough calories,” says Clark. Prevent lightheadedness by grabbing a burrito or a sandwich along with that cruller.
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Cake Donut1 of 7
Best for preride. With more carbs than the airy yeasted variety, it will keep you going strong. Bonus: The sprinkled variety is Instagram gold.
Cider2 of 7
Best for a destination ride. Most tasty when devoured hot and fresh at its source. Your mission: an orchard ride.
Boston Cream3 of 7
Best for a postride reward—otherwise this high-fat belly bomb is likely to cause all kinds of misery.
Old-Fashioned4 of 7
Best for midride. This traditional donut is fried at a lower temperature than other styles, which results in a sturdy exterior that makes it super pocket friendly.
Glazed5 of 7
Best for a donut derby. Airy and not too sugarcoated, it's the easiest to pound down.
Maple Bacon6 of 7
Best for after a hard ride. Sure the protein garnish will help repair your muscles. But seriously—you need an excuse to eat bacon?