We talk a lot, at Veloflow, about “going harder for longer” and “having more in the tank.” Excellent and original buzzwords, I’m sure you’ll agree, but it does beg the question – what does Veloflow actually do? What is it made from? How does it work? In this three-part series, we’ll look at what makes up the Veloflow mix, how each component works and why it’s so important in helping you keep going as you ride. This week, we’re looking at our number one ingredient – Carbs.
Who doesn’t love carbs? Pasta, bread, cake, sweets – the mouth waters. Not only are carbs bloody tasty, they’re also vital for energising your body during exercise. For athletes, if their diet does not contain enough carbohydrates, it is likely that their performance and recovery will be impaired, as carbs are the key fuel for the brain and for muscles during exercise.
It’s important to give yourself a carb boost at the start of an exercise period. Carbs are stored in the body as Glycogen, which is the main source of energy at the beginning and during short bursts of exercise. If you are doing high intensity training for long periods and your glycogen stores are not sufficient you may feel tired, lack energy and not be able to perform at your best. So, regular intake of carbohydrate-rich foods and drinks are vital to keep stores topped up.
That’s where Veloflow comes in. The primary ingredient in our energy drink formula is carbs – in this case, a tri-carb blend of Dextrose Monohydrate, Maltodextrin and Fructose. Sounds like a lot of jargon, right? Well it is, but the bottom line is that this combination provides just the right degree of a boost, to keep your energy levels up while you’re out on the road.
Pasta and bread, while delicious, can be very heavy on the stomach, so our tri-carb blend is specifically formulated to be light on the stomach. Despite the high-sugar content, you won’t find any sickly sweet stomach cramps here, but rather the blend is optimised for absorption, so that it doesn’t sit in your stomach, but rather that the energy boost you need comes instantly, so you can carry on going without feeling sick or weighed down from within.
Of course, if you’re reading this, your favourite sports drink will no doubt be Veloflow, but what’s your favourite carby snack to scarf when you’re in the saddle? Next time, we’ll discuss the power of electrolytes!