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Fuel A Winning Attack

By Adam Galuszka
July 5, 2015

What: Honey Stinger Organic Gels Suggested use: During endurance workouts when quick energy boosts are needed. Gels are best used in tandem with other solid food products to reduce GI-discomfort. Benefits: Organic ingredients and carbohydrates from multiple sources - which are proven to be more effective at fueling during prolonged exercise. Today's 160km Tour de France stage from Antwerp to Huy is the first chance for classic riders and GC big hitters to test their legs. Although pretty short at 160km, the stage finishes on the fabled Mur de Huy. "The Mur" is 1.3km long at an average gradient of 9.6%. It's a climb for punchy and explosive climbers who can sustain massive power outputs after 3.5-4 hours of racing. After two previous, relatively short stages, riders are going to be fresh and ready to go for the yellow jersey when the race arrives at the bottom of The Mur. Here's how to fuel a race winning attack:
  1. Build a race long fueling strategy that is focused on fueling for optimal performance after 3.5 hours of racing. This includes consistent hydration and balanced nutrition: carbs, some fat, some protein. They are all a part of a winning fueling strategy.
  2. What product is going to work best for your race winning attack? Don't find out during the race - find out by testing different products in training. Some athletes like caffeine at this stage of a race, others do not.
  3. Choose a fast acting product that is easy on your digestive system, like the Honey Stinger Organic Gel or Waffle. Honey Stinger Organic Gels and Waffles are proven to work well with many of our athletes, and have caffeinated and non-caffeinated options.

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gel:

Honey Stinger gels changed the game when they were introduced by sourcing ingredients that were easily digestible during exercise. Many of our staff members consider Honey Stinger to be their go-to gel for quick energy boosts. Why? For starters, Honey Stinger gels use ingredients like organic tapioca syrup and organic honey to provide you with an energy source that won't leave your stomach in knots. As studies show, it’s important to choose multiple carbohydrate sources for fueling long endurance workouts. Choosing the right type of fuel can be the difference between absorbing enough to properly fuel your ride or race, or bonking. In a world with so many great options, we highly recommend trying out Honey Stinger’s Organic Energy Gels and integrating them into your fueling strategies. Honey Stinger’s Organic Energy Gels are offered in 5 great flavors, Fruit Smoothie, Acai Pomegranate, Strawberry Kiwi, Chocolate and Vanilla. Flavors vary in sweetness and intensity with Vanilla giving a lighter flavor, while Fruit Smoothie and Acai Pomegranate are sweeter and strong in flavor. Two of the flavors, Strawberry Kiwi and Chocolate include 32 milligrams of caffeine from green tea extract. 32 milligrams is about the same as drinking ⅓ a cup of coffee - it’s not so much that you’ll be jittery and unable to focus, but just enough that you’ll be alert and ready to perform. The gels also have a thinner consistency than others, making them easy to eat, digest, and absorb during exercise. They are certified gluten-free, use organic tapioca syrup, organic honey, and added electrolytes to provide energy and nourishment during your workouts. They are also soy and dairy free. More than organic gels, Honey Stinger's Waffle rocks!

Honey Stinger Waffle:

The idea for Honey Stinger Waffles was imported from Belgium where dutch riders often ate these syrup, chewy waffles on long training rides. Honey Stinger decided to bring the concept to American athletes, and thus their iconic waffle was born. Delicious wild honey sandwiched between two thin, crispy waffle wafers is the perfect treat. We love to use these waffles as a way switch up our routines and add in something fun during a long training ride. Although these can be difficult to eat on the bike, we feel like it’s a small price to pay for something so delicious! The waffles come in 7 fun flavors: Honey, Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon, Strawberry, Gingersnap and Caramel. Our favorite flavor is the recently announced Caramel flavor, although we’d have to say that lemon or strawberry are a close 2nd. We find the fruit flavors to be extra refreshing on hot summer days.