I finished a gran fondo last weekend, and had a repeat of a problem I’ve experienced before and would like to fix. After about three hours, I converted over to aid-station nutrition instead of my tested stand-bys, and it went sideways.
I took in 90gm/hour of carbs for the first three hours and felt fantastic, then ran out of supplies that I brought on the bike. The HEED at the aid stations was fine, but that’s only 25 gms of carbs. The problem was, I couldn’t find anything palatable to supplement that. Gels, nutrigrain bars, and PB&J sandwiches were making me feel really nauseated, as sometimes happens in heat (weirdly, candy usually is fine even in the hear, but I didn’t have any). I was desperate for something less sweet and struggling to stay fueled.
I typically prefer to get all of my ride nutrition in liquid form, but drinks served at events are rarely more than 25 gms/bottle. What can I easily carry with me for hours 3-7 (240-360 gms of carbs total, not too sweet and highly portable)? Should I take four gel flasks filled with just maltodextrin, to supplement the sports drink they supply? I would need a bento box (not enough space in jersey pockets), but it would be worth it.