Energy & recovery drinks
Mix this up at the suggested strength and this energy drink powder is isotonic – meaning that it contains a similar concentration of dissolved particles to your body. At that level, we really like the taste – it’s not too sweet like some energy drinks, so you’re inclined to carry on drinking and keep your hydration level up.
Lucozade is a name brand more commonly associated with leisure centres rather than competitive cycling. What’s little known about Lucozade is it conducts and funds more research than most, if not all, sports nutrition companies. In my many years as a student I have had the pleasure of being at the sharp end of some tests as a “lab rat” for Lucozades research, usually consisting of horribly painful tests to exhaustion. Lucozades 33% longer claim is well known by most people although how it is substantiated is not so well understood.
You can get the tabs in either tubes of ten or singly in sachets, which is handy if you're out on a ride and need to refill your bottle. The berry flavour is sugar free and pleasant: it's best made up an hour or so before the ride to let the residual fizz from the dissolving tablet disperse. Each tablet only contains four calories, so you'll need to pack food or gels to keep you going, but the mix of salts (Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium) are just what you need to keep a balance in your body and fight dehydration and muscle fatigue.
Whether or not you believe the claims made for them, these Zym Electrolyte tablets are certainly convenient. You get 10 of them in a neat little green tube and all you have to do is pop one or two in a bottle of water and wait for the fizzing to stop.
Motor tabs score over traditional supplements by coupling carbohydrates with the time honoured electrolyte replenishment to give welcome fuel on longer rides. The starter kit consists of four Motor Tab tablets and a 500ml bottle. Sold separately Motor Tabs are £1.15 each or £24.99 for a pack of 24.