Sports energy bars have become an essential part of almost every athlete's nutritional armoury in recent years. With a whole range available of pre and post-event energy bars cycling is no different to any other sport in that regard. Maintaining energy levels is important in any cycling event, whether on the trail or the road, so a rider needs something which can be carried and consumed easily during the stresses of a training ride or race.
Popular cycling energy bars include the 'Go' bars made by SIS. These are a great product for boosting carbohydrate intake ahead of and during an endurance event. Easily absorbed, they can also be consumed whilst riding quite straightforwardly. It is always worth keeping a drink handy when riding as well, to help both with eating as well as maintaining hydration levels.
Relying primarily on fruit and fruit juices to produce the energy required, they are suitable for vegans and contain no added sugars. Available in boxes so that riders can keep stock levels high, a range of flavours, from banana to tropical fruit are available.
Another manufacturer whose products are well worth trying is Zip Vit, who often offer their bars as part of boxed sets containing gels and powdered drinks too. Some of the products in the box also help with post-race recovery, so investing in this kind of set can provide other nutrition options to riders in addition to boosting carbohydrate levels.
Keeping energy levels high can often shave seconds off that crucial time, so any rider should find a product which works for them and stick to it.