Maple syrup and sports nutrition: a natural team

More and more sports stars are fuelling up on maple syrup from Québec before, during and after training. In fact, an upcoming study will show exactly why athletes are turning to maple syrup as a source of natural energy. Watch this space for the research results!

Hit the road with maple energy!
Since 2014, Maple from Québec has been the official energy source of the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC). Being 100% pure, without added colourants or preservatives, maple syrup is the perfect partner for training. Curious for yourself? Maple syrup-based sports drinks and homemade snacks are generally healthy options – get inspired by our recipes!

Hugo Houle is fuelled by maple

Born in Sainte-Perpétue, Québec, Hugo Houle was just 22 years old when he became the first Quebecker to sign a contract with the AG2R La Mondiale team of the UCI World Tour – the highest professional cycling level in the world. Since then, he has won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and found success once again in 2017 at the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, where his team had their best performance ever. Maple from Québec is proud to support this world-class road cyclist by fuelling him with the energy he needs!

Hugo Houle tells us about his experience!

I have always been a big eater and enjoyer of maple products. Every year at sugaring time, I’d put on my snowshoes and go out to collect the sap. After that hard work, I’d earned the right to have a stick of taffy made in the snow. It was a family tradition.

I think maple is the best natural sugar. I make sure to pack this little treasure in my suitcase, no matter where I’m going. Maple is a part of my pro-cycling diet every day at breakfast, during training or after in my recovery drinks.

I am truly proud to be an ambassador for this classic and unique Québec product, and to represent it around the world.

I always need something sweet after a meal. Everybody knows I love to eat. Maple syrup does it for me every time – it’s natural and it’s good!

My recipe for success?
On stage races, 80% of my diet has to be pasta and white rice. For the other 20%, I spoil myself every morning with maple oatmeal. It gradually became my personal tradition – my magic potion. It gives me all the energy I need to take on whatever challenge is ahead of me that day!

Recipes for athletes

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Hugo’s Maple Oatmeal

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Egg, maple and red pepper wrap

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by Mélanie Olivier

Sweet and salty maple bits

Mélanie Olivier