Did you know that OTE products are designed around a 20g carbohydrates unit system?
The idea being that this makes it incredibly easy for you to design your own fuelling strategy, and know exactly how much energy you’re putting in!
How Many Carbs Per Hour?
When planning your fuelling strategy for an event or training session, you firstly need to work out roughly at what intensity you’ll be exercising at. This will determine how quickly you’ll burn through your energy stores.
40-60g carbs per hour
60-80g carbs per hour
High Intensity (or ultra-endurance events):
80-100g carbs per hour
Lighter athletes can aim for the lower end of the range.
How Many Hours Of Activity?
Next up in the strategy planning comes working out how long you’ll take to complete an event or training session. No egos here, it’s better to over estimate and carry more fuel with you then under estimate and risk the dreaded ‘bonk’.
If exercising for under 90 minutes and you won’t exceed an easy-moderate intensity, then you may not require fuelling during.
PICK YOUR PRODUCTS
Now we’ve worked out time and intensity, we can start to decide which products will fit into our fuelling strategy.
Let’s break down our products options into 20g Carbs Units:
Standard Energy Gel = 1 x 20g Unit
Super Gel = 2 x 20g Units
Standard Energy Drink = 2 x 20g Units
Super Carbs Energy Drink = 4 x 20g Units
Hydro Tabs = 0 x 20g Unit
Anytime Bar = 2 x 20g Unit
Duo Bar = 2 x 20g Units
Learn more about hydration
Hydration is important for performance too, so always incorporate drinks into your strategy. One 500ml bottle per hour is a great aim, even if this doesn’t include carbohydrates.
Example Fuelling Strategy
Now let’s look at how to fuel a 3 HOUR RIDE at a MODERATE INTENSITY
You’d need to take on 3 X 60G CARBS PER HOUR
And remember 60G = 3 x 20G OTE CARB UNITS
1 x 500ml Bottle of Hydro Tabs
1 x Anytime Bar
1 x Energy Gel
1 X 500ml Bottle of Energy Drink
1 x Energy Gel
1 x Super Gel
1 x Caffeine Gel
1 x 500ml of Hydro Tabs
– Now time to
Plan your own fuelling strategy
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