Everyone has been there. Your blood sugar gets too low and sud- denly you have the leg strength of a baby deer—the dreaded mid-ride bonk. Most riders can recall their worst experience, and
it’s usually a case of not knowing any better as a novice mountain biker.
Eating food while riding seems counterintuitive at first, but if you are
riding for more than an hour, you need to be refueling your body with
more than just water or a sports drink.
There are so many choices available now that it can be tough to
make sense of it all. Here are some of the most common options for
getting some calories back into your body as you spin them away.
When the kitchen is a hydration pack,
these foods will keep you keeping on
Gels are a quick way to get calories back into your body as you deplete them
over the course of a ride. As a general rule of thumb, eat one about every 45 minutes to an hour while riding. They are also a great pick-me-up before a ride if you
don’t have time to eat before a ride.
Gu Energy Gel
Serving size: 1 pack/1.1 oz.
Flavors: Chocolate Outrage,
Mandarin Orange, Jet Blackberry, Mint
What stands out? Gu is the original gel, and it shows in the quality of
the texture and variety of flavors. You
know it’s good when we get excited
about new flavor offerings. Check out
their Peanut Butter flavor.