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Torq continue to expand their range of energy and recovery products and the latest offering is Hot Cocoa Recovery Plus+, a daily recovery drink, and a re-formulated Recovery with a new mandarin yoghurt flavour.

Torq Recovery Plus+ is a Hot Cocoa drink designed for periods of intense training stress and is intended to be consumed twice daily. It forms part of Torq's new Recovery System which attempts to make the whole business of fuelling, hydrating and recovering from races and rides a no-brainer process.

Recovery Plus+ complements their current Recovery drink, the former is designed for regular and daily use and the latter for immediately post-ride consumption. Torq have stripped Recovery of the HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) nutrient and added it to Recover Plus+, because they reckon you get the full benefit when it's consumed daily. This nutrient helps prevent muscle breakdown and improves muscle repair.

Beta-alanine and sodium phosphate, which are the other two potent micronutrients that feature in Torq Recovery Plus+, should also be consumed in divided doses, so these feature with HMB in the product too. Beta-alanine is a branched chain amino acid that helps increase lactic acid buffering, which results in increased anaerobic power as well as aiding recovery between high intensity racing/training bouts. Sodium phosphate complements Beta-Alanine by empowering the aerobic system. There's some really detailed explanations of the exact ingredients and what they do on the Torq website.

Recovery Plus+ costs £22 for a 500g tub and £50 for a 1.5kg tub.

Torq have added the new mandarin yoghurt flavour to tthe re-formulated Recovery range alongside improved strawberries & cream, banana & mango and chocolate mint varieties.  As the new formulation doesn't contain HMB (now in Torq Recovery Plus+ instead), the flavour is claimed to be much improved.

Recovery costs £19 for 500g, £39 for 1.5kg and £72 for 3kg.

Recover Plus+ and Recovery are made with no preservatives, artificial colours or sweeteners. Find out more at 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.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I'll have to get myself a sample of these, will increase my recipe's for snack bars that I take on my rides. I bake them myself using powders like this mixed with the flour.  3

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 3 years ago
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Post-ride recovery hot chocolate. I'm sold!

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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I can't see how hot cocoa will help you recover personally, nice on a cold day though ...  3

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James Warrener [1081 posts] 3 years ago
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...and there are plenty of those on the horizon  3

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step-hent [720 posts] 3 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

I can't see how hot cocoa will help you recover personally, nice on a cold day though ...  3

Funny you say that, but I've read recently that milk is a great recovery drink on its own and that the addition of a banana or cocoa and sugar puts it right in the sweet spot of carbs to protein ratio. My favourite home made one is a pint of milk, a couple of table spoons of cocoa, a couple of table spoons of horlicks and a banana. Stick it in the liquidiser and its a perfect home made drink. Not quite as fuss free as the torq recovery powder, but it seems to work!

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mathewshotbolt [90 posts] 3 years ago
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its not just a cocoa drink though. Its a recovery drink in the form of cocoa. that in my books makes it a winner!
I'm personally looking forward to trying these when my racing season is at its peak this winter.

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Jasonnz1 [23 posts] 3 years ago
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Interesting - beta alanine I've found actually works better as a pre exercise supplement, and is better taken in small doses early morning and then before the exercise belt...
it may also cause tingling in the body etc, which some people find disconcerting.

Most people are dairy intolerant which will lead to causes of inflammation and bloating in the body, so wouldn't recommend large amounts of that either for recovery, I'm actually surprised at the resurgence of people recommending milk.. dairy industry must have put in a bit of sponsorship  3

Banana with a nut butter , like hazelnut, cashew nut or almond would be better (assuming you don't have nut allergies  3 )

For immediate recovery fluids, are better and quicker however.

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GMC61_NewburyRC [10 posts] 3 years ago
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Hot chocolate recovery drinks - SIS REGO Night is already out there, with a 4:1 protein carb ratio, no beta-alinine but that's not necessarily a post-ride recovery product.  26

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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I use Torq Energy Drink while out cycling; and for recovery you won't beat a glass of Guinness then a wee drop of single Malt Whisky before bed time, just to kill any germs you may have picked up.

Poached eggs do a brilliant job of recovery from fatigue after exercise.

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sanderville [336 posts] 3 years ago
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Jasonnz1 wrote:

Banana with a nut butter , like hazelnut, cashew nut or almond would be better.

I use that mentholated nut butter from Assos. But I keep it off my banana.