Should cyclists care more about chemicals in sports nutrition?

With so much information now available about sports nutrition, how can athletes make sense of what’s best for them? We chat with two brands and a registered dietitian to get to the bottom of what formulas make sense and why

Female cyclist eating a sports nutrition bar on a bike ride
(Image credit: Future)

Sports nutrition has come a long way since the early 1900s, when riders in the Tour de France would stop at pubs and drink beer to sustain themselves during the race. Today, the world of endurance fuelling can be a complex one to sift through with so much information about carbohydrate intake, special diets, and additives in food readily available. 

When it comes down to it, cyclists in particular tend to need sports nutrition rich in carbohydrates as the body burns through glycogen stores to power a cyclist across the miles. 

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Kristin Jenny
Freelance Contributor

Kristin Jenny is an elite triathlete based near Boulder, Colorado. Although most of her time is spent in aerobars somewhere in the mountains, she finds time to enjoy eating decadent desserts, hiking with her husband and dog, and a good true crime podcast.