The 6 Weirdest Cycling Fuels

Bored of the bar? Go faster and save money with these unusual race-day foods.

May 23, 2013
Outside Magazine

We’ve grown up on a diet of energy bars, lab-formulated drinks, and factory assembled gels. Don’t get us wrong—they work. Heck, they sometimes even taste pretty good. But there’s nothing like real food—even if it’s junk food—on a long century ride or before the start of a race to settle your stomach and fuel your ride. With the help of Allen Lim, founder of Skratch Labs, an “active nourishment company” famous for helping train professional cyclists like Taylor Phinney, and Stacy Sims, the chief research officer and a co-founder of Osmo Nutrition, we selected five of the best and most surprising ways to hack your cycling diet.

Hot Tamales
Bidon Moonshine
Salty-sweet PB&J
PayDay Bars
Pasta Rounds