Torq's energy bars, first introduced in 2004 and the product that launched the company, have been improved with a revised recipe. There's also new packaging and they're now a smaller size.
Smaller size? Torq have decreased the size of the new bars from 65g to 45g. This has been done for a very good reason though, as now with 30g of of carbohydrate, the bars offer the same energy contents as a Torq gel or 500ml energy drink.
This allows Torq to launch their Fuelling System, a concept intended to make fuelling for endurance cycling easier. During exercise your carbohydrate intake should be 60-90 grams per hour, irrespective of the weather conditions and perspiration rates. With each Torq bar, gel or 500ml energy drink providing 30g each, you can see how it's easy to combine the products in a way that suits you or the conditions to get the correct amount of energy into the body.
To try and dispel some of the confusion in the world of energy products, Torq have taken steps to simplify matters. Describing each product as one unit, and two-three units being optimum during exercise, you can easily choose how to feed. If it's hot you will want to drink more fluid, so two units of energy drink. If it's cooler when you'll sweat less, you can use bars and gels more. There's more detailed information on the Torq website.
The recipe for the bars has been refined too. We tried them out over the weekend at a mountain bike race and noticed a fuller richer flavour, added crunch and they're moister as well, all combining to make them tastier and easier to digest when you're cycling. The bars are now all Fairtrade certified, with the exception of the Organic Mango bar which has been certified organic by the Soil Association.
Available now from www.torqfitness.co.uk
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.