Moveable Feasts Contemporary cycling cuisine is a high-tech affair.
Convenient, portable, and energy boosting, specialist food for cyclists is designed less with gourmet tastes in mind and more to provide maximum fuel for minimum weight and bulk. But not only do cyclists have their own speciality foodstuffs, they have some wonderful gadgets to match.
Fruit cereal bars (which go by stirring monikers like Maxim and Powerbar) are hi-tech alternatives to more conventional energy snacks like bananas or bars of chocolate. Unlike the aforementioned provisions they’ve got the added benefit of staying chewy in the cold and not metamorphosing into a gooey mess in the heat (but be warned, for some they don't score as high on the taste front). The extensive list of flavours available includes cookies and cream, blueberry, yoghurt fruit, carrot cake, and mocha and will cost you up to £1.50.
For all those who harboured the desire to become astronauts in their formative years, gels are a must. These Lilliputian foil sachets of flavoured syrups provide a shot of liquid energy that, during a long trip, is supposedly easier on the stomach than solid food. Far less space age, but equally portable there are powdered drinks which come both flavoured and unflavoured and can be diluted in water, or alternatively mixed with milk-based drinks, tea or coffee. These will set you back from £1.20 for a 609 sachet to £15.95 for a 2kg bag.
While keeping fluid levels up is crucial, the real fun comes in trying to drink without interrupting your ride. Hydration Packs, CamelBaks and Drink Systems are all different terms for the same thing. A slim rucksack shaped to fit the back's contours fitted with a plastic pouch and thin plastic tube that enables hands-free drinking. Designs differ, some have space for gear and
BOOK Appreciating Whisky Phillip Hills (Collins £16.99)
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