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Notts Rider Receives Expert Advice

4 June 2013

The Notts Rider has been making the most of the expertise on hand at Meadow Lane ahead of his big challenge later this month.

Ben Armstrong, the club's facilities manager, faces a 155-mile challenge that will raise funds for the Football League's official charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK. 

Ben has been working hard in getting his fitness up for the London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge, which sees him face a daunting 98-mile ride on the first day.  

The Notts Rider consulted the club's nutritionist Matthew Lawson to see if he could give himself that extra push by taking in the right food and drink ahead of the test. 

Matt has advised Ben on the breakdown of his diet and the amount of fluid he needs to be getting on board before, during and after the race to ensure that he can perform at optimum levels.

Matt said: "We now have a better understanding of just how important food and drink is on the body, when it comes to affecting the performance of sports people in the short term, their maintenance of energy levels in the medium term and ultimately long term, the prolonging of life. 

"A nutrition and dietetic service at Notts County delivering tailored individual plans through one to one consultation as Ben has received in this way will support his aims to achieve the best possible results for the cycle ride. 

"We can work closely with cyclists of this kind to ensure they plan for the journey and prepare their body using the ‘Eat Well, Achieve Success’ approach."

Ben has now raised over £800 for the challenge but is aiming for a total of £5,000 with the help of sponsors and County fans. 

You can show your support by making a donation at www.justgiving.com/NottsRider.

Make sure you keep up with his progress on Twitter by following @nottsrider1

Challenge details:

- Kick off at Wembley Stadium on the morning of Friday 14 June
- Cycle to Harwich, then take the overnight ferry
- Arrive in central Amsterdam for our Total Football celebrations on the evening of Saturday 15 June
- Head back to the UK on the Eurostar after breakfast on 16 June
- Raise money to save men's lives.

For more information about Prostate Cancer UK, click here.

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