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  Last updated:12/5/2009

Richard Rafoth MD

Dr. Dick Rafoth is a gastroenterologist (specialist in diseases of the digestive tract) practicing in Everett, Washington. While training for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, an annual double century ride, in 1985, he became interested in the role of nutrition in maximizing personal athletic performance.

Noting the variety of training programs used by his team mates, as well as what he considered unrealistic expectations of nutrition's ability to improve their performance, Dr. Rafoth looked for a book or article to set the group straight. When he found none were readily available, he set about reviewing the medical literature and authored the first edition of Bicycling Fuel in 1988. Unfortunately it is now out of print, however the concepts first outlined in that book are the basis of the CPTIPS website.

Although he initially focused on nutrition, Dr. Rafoth's interests have widened to all aspects of training as they relate to improving personal athletic performance. Over the last few years, he has participated in a number of multiday trips in unusual areas and conditions. Several examples include a 200 mile, high altitude ride (above 10000 feet) in Peru from Lake Titticaca to Macchu Pichu, a ride across Bhutan, and the Lake Whitney Classic where the race started at badwater with the ambient temperature being 115 degrees.

Although this website is focused on cycling, it is applicable to all aerobic sports. Hoping to build on reader feedback and their personal experiences, styles, and successful training programs, he welcomes feedback and suggestions for improving this site. CPTIPS feedback.

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