Just started using the ones from the folks who make For Goodeness Shakes, called Nectar, particularly like the Summer Fruits flavour but the Lemon Lime is a bit tart even for my sweet tooth. Very easy to get down without needing to carry loads of liquids to wash them down with.
Energy Gels - Easiest on the stomach?
You do drink water when you're eating gels?
No need to with the SIS ones, which is why I think they are easier to stomach in larger quantities. Plus you don't get the claggy mouth effect of the thicker mixes.
If you carry 2 bottles on the bike why not try 2 gels in 750ml of water and High5 Zero + Caffeine tablet?
You should drink some water with most gels . This way you avoid the big hit of a gel and get some hydration and easy access carbs directly ( maltose/fructose mix).
Try a longish ride with 1 bottle+ 2x Torq ( Black Cherry for me ) gels. In the other bottle High5 Zero Red Berry. See how you get on .
This has helped me get over the cold, hollow empty stomach feeling . Although I would be shoveling in flapjack/malt loaf/ jelly babies as well.
+1 for ZipVit gels.
The caffeinated blackcurrant are like rocket fuel!
Like many others I find Torq okay most of the time, but even that can cause isues. It's all down to the maltodextrin in the ingredients which ruins your stomach. Mule Bars/gels are well worth trying as they're made of natural stuff.
Straightliner: It's very unlikely to be the Maltodextrin. Torq gels contain Fructose, however, which does give some people GI issues. Maltodextrin is amazing stuff: Cheap, gives sustained energy, Very low osmolality and dissolves at very high concentrations. It doesn't cause tooth decay either.
Has anyone done a study on the 2:1 (Malto: Fructose) formula at high intensity yet? As far as I know all these "2:1" products (in theory, the benefit is faster absorbtion than pure malto) are based on Jeukandrop's study, which was done at relatively low intensities. At low intensities you can pretty much eat anything...stomachs generally get more particular the harder you go (and the hotter it is)
I find Torq gels are the tastiest but my fussy stomach gets on best with the isotonic orange SIS ones - I use maltodextrin in my drink as well, so it wouldn't work so well with non isotonic gels either.
SIS drink contains Aspartime (gives many people nausea, including me) it's not in the gels though
No need to with the SIS ones, which is why I think they are easier to stomach in larger quantities.
Don't you get a bit dehydrated then?
Assuming you are really taking in some liquid, then I don't think your stomach cares whether the water gets there along with the gel or separately.
Personally I still use flasks and make up my own gels using drink powder - far cheaper and I get to choose the consistency. I also like having far more gel in a single package (a single flask is about an hour of "food") and not having sticky gel wrappers to dispose of. Though I tend to mix fairly thick and take on water separately (which means I get to choose the balance).
not having sticky gel wrappers to dispose of
Up the leg of your bibs works well and less likely to be dropped than a back pocket attempt.
I ran on Torq energy and gels for the bikefest 12 hr solo and at the end my oesophagus was raw - they do work but all of them give me gut issues - only use them for intense stuff TBH - of for a caffeine kick at the end of a long ride.
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