My Favourite Ride Fuel

By December 11, 2015 No Comments
Cycling Destinations

With all these miles I’m clocking up I’m getting particular about my food. When I train I don’t want to fill my body with junk – part of why I love cycling is because I also love to live healthily.

So. What to eat?

On race day gels are great for that extra hit of energy, but this stuff is really not what you need on a long ride. Plus it’s terrible for your teeth (as my recent root canal treatment is a pricey testament too).

High up on my list of favourite ride food is that old classic the flapjack. I’ve just sent Lee off on his team training weekend with a stash to keep him going. Flapjacks are full of oaty, nutty, fruity goodness and provide both a quick hit of energy and slow release carbs to keep you pedaling.

Here’s how I make mine:

  1. Melt half a block of butter in a pan.
  2. Add the same sort of amount of sugar.
  3. Melt in a couple of table spoons of anything syrupy (like golden syrup, black treacle or, if you haven’t worked out what these translate to in Spanish, honey also works!)
  4. Stir in a pile of oats, nuts, raisins, bananas, dates etc. (basically anything you have lying around – I added chocolate biscuit once, it was ace)
  5. Grease a tin with butter and squish the mixture in.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees until golden brown (about 10-15mins)
  7. Volia! Leave it to cool a little bit, then cut up and store in an airtight container.
  8. Feed to Lee at regular intervals to stave off ‘hanger’.  (Anger that bubbles up if Lee gets hungry!)

Eating a flapjack on a ride or whipping one out at a coffee stop is a proper treat. At the moment I wrap them up in foil to keep them sweat-free. Foil is not the answer though – sometimes I end up with a tinny taste in my mouth – next time I’m going for grease-proof paper wrapping…

Happy flapjacky cycles y’all!

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