Walk into any bike shop and you’ll be hit by the vast number of different sports foods and supplements that are available to you. Leaf through a cycling magazine and the adverts for nutrition products are plentiful. These sports foods often provide good quality nutrients in a convenient and, most importantly for cyclists, speedy way.
Things get a little dubious towards the end, with suggesting cola/soda/soda pop or fruit juice for that matter. Fruit juice if you use a juicer – sure, but the stuff on the shelf at the grocery store has a lot of sugar.
The homemade gel is interesting and vegan. But test before a race, or on a race where the result doesn’t matter as much. It gets very personal about what works for someone – some I’ve ridden with can’t do gels at all, it needs to be blocks. Nothing sucks more than an upset stomach in a race, so don’t take the chance.