On the trail: We rode the same distances as with our real-food experiment but
used gels and chews as our only source
of nutrition. We had more energy, and the
gels replenished our energy levels much
quicker than most of the real foods we ate.
The mix of sugars and carbs was like putting jet fuel into our systems. Some of our
test riders did get tired of the strong flavors
after a few hours, though.
Most of our test riders were impressed
by how quickly and effectively the gels
and chews got into their systems. The
caffeinated products gave us a massive
boost but also a little bit of an energy
crash once our bodies burned them up.
These types of crashes can be avoided, but
require riders to be very diligent about their
a little pie:
a new fuel bar
that has fewer
still has the
taste of real
in some fun
Kind of different: Kind bars are more of a traditional granola bar with
some unique flavors like “black truffle, almond and sea salt.” These bars
have plenty of calories and are a good alternative for energy food.
A quick punch: Nut butters are a great source of energy. They are easy to digest, and have plenty of fat and proteins to help
fuel your ride. Almond, hazelnut and peanut butter packets are available in different flavors and are easy to pack in a jersey
pocket or hydration pack.
Sonya Looney: “For longer 24-hour
events Miso soup in small Dixie cups
is a great real food option. It helps
replace the salt you lose and eating
something warm is a bonus. Pop Tarts
are another one of my favorites for
these longer events and training rides.”