King of the Track: Motocross' Ryan Dungey

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King of the Track: Motocross' Ryan Dungey

Champion rider Ryan Dungey discusses the demands of Motocross, and how he stays fit to win. (Dairy-free diet, dirtbike, and custom-designed boots included.)

The Diet

Dungey’s success is directly related to what he eats. When Dungey joined the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team earlier this year, Red Bull’s trainers ran a blood analysis and discovered he had a dairy allergy. Dungey cut out dairy and put more effort into eating healthy. Within two weeks, he noticed significant changes in his workouts. No longer was his body fighting the dairy, making him feel sluggish on the track. “I was less tired, able to ride harder,” said Dungey. “I could handle more physically, recover better, and feel sharper.”

He now strictly eats plain, well-sourced foods. And a lot of them. On normal workout days, he burns up to 5,500 calories, and on race day he burns 5,000 calories. "We use a lot of energy mentally [on race days] and that energy comes from our glycogen stores," said Dungey. "So, being topped off and never hungry is key, maybe eating more than you would during the week."

His favorite pre-race dinner? Tied for two dishes: salmon with brown rice and a side of asparagus or pasta with marinara sauce and a side of broccoli. For a post workout drink, he mixes electrolyte-rich GuBrew with orange juice—an all-in-one sugar, carb, and protein replenisher.

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