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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!

Antoine Duchesne: a Maple Fanatic!

It was at the age of 14 that Antoine Duchesne first followed the lead of his sister and got on a competitive bicycle. Up until then he’d been an avid spectator of bike racing, fascinated by the intensity of effort it takes to reach beyond oneself to excel in the sport. He was hooked! And what an amazing ride it’s been for him in the world of cycling.

Just four years later, the Chicoutimi native won the junior Canadian time trial championship and went on to the junior World’s. A pro cyclist since 2013, he was the second Québecer to finish the Tour de France in 2016 and took the best climber jersey that same year in the celebrated Paris-Nice race. In 2018, he joined WorldTour team Groupama – FDJ, moving up to the most challenging circuit of the International Cycling Union. Maple from Québec is proud to call this fine athlete an Ambassador because he’s not only a marvellous cyclist but he loves to cook as well!

Antoine Duchesne and Maple, Partners for Life!

“I’ve always had a sweet tooth!”
– Antoine Duchesne

Maple is the sweetener for me. In the morning with my cereal or oatmeal, or in my recovery drinks after training, I’m always adding a healthy dose of maple syrup. Not only that, but most of my energy bars are made of maple syrup. If they’re not, I add it.

With me, it’s pretty simple, actually. Maple is a kitchen ingredient that I can’t live without. As far back as I can remember, it was always in our desserts. I guess you could say I’m especially addicted to maple syrup and maple butter. If I want something quick and perfectly satisfying, I just take a good glug of maple syrup… right from the bottle! I hold it in my mouth as long as I can to make that sweet taste last … I’m so in love with it and I make sure to always have some, even at my place in the south of France. I can’t even count how many times I’ve stashed some in my suitcase!

Maple, my favourite ingredient

I can’t really say I’ve got a favourite recipe with maple syrup. That’s because I put it in just about everything I make! But I do like to make a frittata with sautéed shiitake mushrooms that I deglaze in maple syrup and add to the omelette. I’ll also crust my grilled cheese sandwiches with a caramelized layer of maple syrup. That’s one that I try not to overdo!

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. In January 2018, Hugo signs an agreement with the team Kazakhe, Astana Pro team. 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! Also discover my new recipe maple recovery drink, perfect after my workouts or competitions!

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