Sportique Get Going Cream provides a warming boost when the temperature drops.
Embrocation creams are really popular with some cyclists at this time of year. A club ride during the autumn going on winter will always be accompanied by the faint whiff of the stuff. Sportique's Get Going Cream is an easily absorbed cream that provides a good layer of defense against the cold elements, and provides a useful kick-starter on early morning rides.
Applying the cream over the thigh and calf muscles using a good massage technique quickly gets it rubbed into the skin. It gets to work quickly, building up heat progressively but it isn't overbearingly hot. You notice the slight tingle rather than a burning sensation. It washes easily off your hands, unlike some embrocation creams that you can never really remove properly.
It doesn't last all that long, about 30-45 minutes, but that's long enough to get you through the initial shock of leaving the warmth of your house and entering the cold in just a few layers of Lycra. By then your leg muscles should have warmed up and you'll be over the shock of the cold. And unlike some embrocation creams, it doesn't burn your legs in the post-ride shower.
The smell is on the strong side and follows you for the first hour of the ride, before it starts wearing off. You'll get raised eyebrows from your partner/family when preparing for the ride, but don't let that put you off. Remember, you're a serious cyclist and you have to take your preparation seriously. For some cyclists, embrocation is as much a part of the pre-ride ritual as drinking espresso and coordinating your outfit and precisely loading pockets for the ride ahead.
The idea behind embrocation creams like this too they give a warming sensation and stimulate the blood vessels under the skin, so blood flow is increased to your muscles, helping to warm you up before you pound out the miles. I'm dubious about the supposed benefits myself, there's perhaps a psychological benefit that comes with the application, but you can't beat decent clothing like knee and leg warmers to stop your legs getting cold in the first place.
Some people swear by them though, and if you're interested in trying, the Get Going Cream is well-priced and the 100ml tube will last for ages. It's also a handy size for stashing in your kit bag for taking to races or sportives.
It's not the hottest embrocation but for a slight boost of heat in the legs on cold mornings, Get Going Cream works well.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportique Get Going Cream 100ml
Size tested: 100ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Sportique Get Going Warm Up Cream. The ultimate pre-workout cream to invigorate your muscles, increase blood circulation and prep your body for the strain to come. Just as important as properly stretching, our formulation of essential oils will safely and naturally produce long lasting warmth and stimulation of any muscle group it is applied topically to. Formulated to counteract fatigue and help physical recovery. Application will help accelerate local blood circulation and general toning.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
100ml Tube with flip-flop lid.
Formulated to counteract fatigue and help physical recovery.
Easy to apply and lasts about 30 minutes, which is enough to get over the shock of stepping out into the cold outdoors
Depends on riders and how much you apply.
It doesn't burn like some embrocation creams and is easy to wash off the hands.
The 100ml bottle lasts for ages and cheaper than other creams.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Does the job for cold mornings.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to apply and smells nice.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
As much as it does appear to work, I'm still dubious it's worth the effort compared to just pulling on some decent knee or leg warmers.
Did you enjoy using the product? Mostly.
Would you consider buying the product? Perhaps.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
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.