I too have been having a hard time getting those CLIF bars down and the S-caps during a race and so I made a sweet potato/beet gel that has been working pretty good for me.
First off , buy a box of those little snack size ziplock bags, roughly 17x8cm. The gels go in these and the air can be sucked out and when it is time to use them, the corner can be bitten off, (but don’t litter!) and squeezed in the mouth. Here's the recipe, use organic for all ingredients that you can. You may have to experiment with how much to put in each zippy.
Makes 4 @ roughly 85-100g---350-400g total
175g boiled and mashed sweet potato
50g boiled beets
30ml maple syrup
4 S-caps capsules opened and sprinkled in
70ml apple juice
1 t tumeric
1 t finely ground black pepper
30g chia seeds
Blend this all up well in a food processor or fatty blender.
Then divide into roughly equal lumps and put in those little snack bags.
I start having one 1.5 hours into a long run and have one every hour after that. If it is a race I'll start with one 1 hour into it.
The tumeric is a natural inflammation reducer and the black pepper helps the tumeric absorb faster and more effeciently.