There are some of us at Mountain Bike
Action who have been using energy food
exclusively and understand how it can
make your body feel. Energy food can be
very effective, especially on shorter, harder
efforts, like in a race. GU and other energy
shots deliver a very quick source of energy,
as do chews, which are high in sugar and
caffeine. Endurance athletes will often load
up on gels for the quick energy and to help
minimize how much blood is being used to
digest the food. Gels and chews are generally higher in sugar and carbohydrates,
which is what makes them so effective on
Stephen Ettinger: “I am a huge fan of real food on the bike, particularly during the
winter months when I am putting in base miles. My pockets are usually stuffed with Clif
Bars Kit’s bars, bananas and little sandwiches when I roll out for a long ride. Ham and
cheddar, pesto and goat cheese or PB and honey are usually my go-to for those days.
I’m a sucker for salty stuff at the end of long days, so when I hit that gas station after
four hours, I’m usually topping off with some sort of salty treat; it’s amazing how quickly
some coffee and salted almonds or Chex Mix can turn a ride around.”
It’s okay to be picky: Picky Bars is a small company based out of Oregon that has been making bars for anyone athletically
inclined. Their unique bar names and flavors are a fun alternative to some of the standard options out there.
Eat it with coffee: Mini waffles have become pretty popular.
With their yummy taste and compact size, it’s not a surprise.
Put one of these on top of a cup of coffee, and then enjoy a
Some real calories: ProBar makes some of the best bars
out there. The vegan, gluten-free bars are loaded with
calories. These bars are perfect for bikepacking or long