Ask a cycling coach, "Will I get a lot of benefit from using brand name sports nutrition products - or will any carb do?"

Ask a cycling coach, “Will I get a lot of benefit from using brand name sports nutrition products – or will any carb do?”

By now, we’re all aware of the benefits of properly fueling a bike. When we exercise, we use the fats and carbohydrates (glycogen) stored in our body. While even the leanest professional athlete has more than enough fat stores for one workout, we all only have limited glycogen stores. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles when transported in the blood as glucose. Although we’ve probably all experienced the dreaded “bonk” when our liver glycogen stores are so low that blood sugar levels plummet; even mild glycogen depletion can cause a significant reduction in performance.

Sports scientist and trainer James Spragg is one of the experts who will answer your questions in Cycling Weekly’s ASK A CYCLING COACH series which appears every Wednesday. Working in both research and the applied field, he currently leads the Intercept Performance Consultancy.

It is for this reason that whenever I work with an athlete, I will prescribe their training and fueling during and after each session. This ensures that the macronutrient intake matches the requirements of that particular workout. This approach to cycling nutrition has recently become known as “fuel for the job required”.


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