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My intake goes like this: 1000 cal pre race meal, 2000 cal on the bike, and basically what ever I can get down on the run which is usually 2 gels/hr + gatorade coke, etc.
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More importantly, the post race feed was in the neighbourhood of 3,000 cals once the king cans of Heineken were taken into account...
It seems clear that the more you can absorb the better it is in the long run. Note, that I said absorb not just swallow. I have been training myself to absorb more and more over the last years. I did many long hard bike workouts with my racenutrition and took more and more calories until I hit the top (vomiting, diareah...). The same will happen during a race, so you need to hit the top before you can tell how much you can absorb.
Currently I'm at around 500/h, I'm 175lbs...
Mark Allen claimed once that he could take up to 800/h...but nobody sayd that he's the standard!