there are quite a few topics here about home-made fuel for our rides and I also made a contribution with my experiences
Lately I have a very good experience with high-carb drinks for my training (my goal is to be able to absorb 100+ g of carbs per hour), but let´s face it - maltodextrin + fructose in a powder are quite far from being a natural source and in my point of view…healthy. I do a lot of efforts to have a very good nutrition, eat whole foods and avoid processed foods, so why to compromise on the bike?
I think I found a solution for my own “gels” (mixed bananas + maple syrup + minerals), but what about drinks?
As I would like to keep a good ratio between different carb sources while keeping things super simple a no hassle for the preparation, my idea is:
Panela (dried sugar cane) - as a source of sucrose
Agave syrup - source of fructose
So just measure right amount of panela, add agave, minerals mix into my bottle with water…
Any thoughts or experiences regarding those two sources? Honestly I never had a chance to taste panela neither agave, so I have no idea about the possible taste profile (but maple syrup could be helpful if not ideal?)
Thanks in advance, keep rocking TR crew!