Ask a cycling coach: “Will I see a significant benefit from using branded sports nutrition products—or will any carbohydrates help?”

By now, we are all aware of the benefits of refueling properly when riding a bike. When we exercise, we use the fats and carbohydrates (glycogen) stored in our bodies. While even the leanest athletes have enough fat stores for a training session, we all have only limited glycogen stores. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles where it is transported in the blood as glucose. While we’ve all experienced the dreaded “punk” when liver glycogen stores are so low that blood sugar drops; Even mild glycogen depletion can lead to a significant decrease in performance.

The photo shows James Sprague.

Sports scientist and coach James Sprague is one of the experts answering your questions in the ASK A CYCLING COACH series that airs every Wednesday. Working in both research and applied settings, he is currently directing Interception performance consulting.

This is why when I work with an athlete, I will describe their training and fueling during and after each session. This ensures that the intake of the macronutrient matches the requirements for that particular training session. This approach to cycling nutrition It has recently become known asfueling for the desired action“.

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