Guys, @Coach_Theia told me about using Maple Syrup rather than energy gels. Maybe she can elaborate, but it was discussed in a past Velonews Fast Talk podcast.
For some reason I cannot eat properly on longer rides inside. In the last hour I always seem to be low on energy . Today at hour 2 I literally tool a large spoon full of this Maple Syrup. It was amazing. It’s not like eating raw sugar. It does not hit you like a ton of bricks. Maple Syrup is a complex carbohydrate with all sorts of minerals (according to Theia). I took a spoon full and I could feel it absorb pretty quickly and it got me through the last hour.
Ted King sells this packaged through his website. https://untapped.cc/ . I’m going to buy some and report back.