Written on 18-Aug-2011 by WillAC
Getting the right food and drink on board before and during an event is really important for ensuring a successful ride. Knowing this, a huge amount of research has been undertaken to develop high-tech energy foods and drinks. There are many competing brands aiming to provide the perfect performance snack. The trouble is a lot of these bars and gels are full of very heavily processed foods that sometimes lack the taste and texture of real food! And their price tags can be off putting...
But there is now a growing market of energy foods made natural ingredients only, and often organic or fair trade produce. They can be just as effective in energy terms as the top, mainstream brands but are produced with much smaller environmental impact. Some of the very credible environmentally friendly energy bars available in stores include Mule Bar, Pulsin, Torq, and we at RacingGreen undertook a trial of how these foods faired in comparison to the mainstream brands like MaxiFuel and Science in Sport which you can read about on our “Tips for Athletes” page of our website.
And actually, if you fancy a change from all that mass produced food, its much more easy than you think to produce your own balanced energy intake, with tailor-made flavours to suit your taste! Why not spend half an hour to bake your own cycling fuel, sourcing your own ingredients? This case prove much more cost-effective on the whole too. Here are a few recipes that will hit the spot with a mixture of quick and slow burning carbohydrates and tasty fibres - one is more wacky that the other!
- Used by RacingGreen member and ironman: the Ultra Cake
- Or for more accessible snack for the back of your cycling jersey, Jamie Oliver's fruit flapjacks, with dried apricots or raisins.
- Drinks-wise, you can even make your own high energy rehydration concoction. Here’s one recipe: heavily diluted orange juice plus two teaspoons of sugar (or ribena or squash and sod the sugar) and a sachet of dioralyte per pint.