I've always found that recovery drinks are great if you've got days of riding stacked together without much time for recovery in between and Myprotein Re:Charge is no different. If you're touring, taking part in a multi-stage sportive or racing on consecutive days the mix of protein and carbohydrates makes a noticeable difference to your recovery.
Each 100g of powder provides 55g of carbohydrates and 17g of protein, a near 3:1 ratio compared to the more common 4:1 carb/protein mix. Working with the protein you also get 5g of creatine monohydrate, plus if it's a warm workout you'll need the 1g of electrolytes to replace body salts and minerals lost in sweat.
The ideal window for taking the Re:Charge is as soon as you get off of the bike to replenish reserves and start the recovery process dealing with hydration, energy and muscle repair. Using it straight after a hard ride did make a lot of difference to how my legs felt later if I was doing a second session and more importantly the next morning with none of that heavy leg feeling.
Adding a 50g serving with 500ml of water was quick and mixed really well after a quick shake so there is no excuse to not bother. I did find it was best to have made up and sat in the fridge though as the bitter Orange flavour tastes more tolerable when really chilled.
For consecutive days riding, especially if they are long days, say six or seven hours drinking Re:Charge on the bike will benefit the next day's recovery as the protein can start doing its job on your muscles as you are riding.
Working out at 77p per serving it's not ludicrously expensive considering it is basically a carb and recovery drink all in one go. It comes available in a 1.5kg pouch only and the orange is the only flavour.
Overall the Re:Charge is an inexpensive option if you just want to have one sports nutrition product especially if you do a lot of long rides. Muscle tiredness was noticeably less when I was using it making for better rides back to back. I personally wasn't a massive fan of the flavour but it wasn't unpleasant though it is a shame there aren't more options.
Jack of all trades nutrition product that replaces everything the body needs to get back on the bike
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Myprotein Re:Charge
Size tested: Orange
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?
Re:Charge is a recovery drink to take straight after exercise so that the mixture of carbs, protein and electrolytes replenish your body's stores as soon as possible. It works great if you exercise twice a day making sure you are refueled for the next session.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Per 50g Serving:
Energy (kJ): 823
Energy (kcal): 196
Protein (g): 8.9
Carbohydrate (g): 27.7
Fat (g): 0.0
Each 50g Serving also contains:
Creatine Monohydrate (g): 5
Vitamin C (mg): 500
Electrolytes (mg): 500
Energy (kJ): 1646
Energy (kcal): 392
Protein (g): 17.8
Carbohydrate (g): 55.4
Fat (g): 0.0
Each 100g Serving also contains:
Creatine Monohydrate (g): 10
Vitamin C (mg): 1000
Electrolytes (mg): 1000
Mixes well with water.
Taken straight after a morning session I noticed less fatigue for an evening ride.
I wasn't a huge fan of the flavour but it does sit easily in the stomach.
77p per serving for an energy drink with recovery capabilities is good value.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Does what its designed to do.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy mixing and worked well at keeping the legs feeling fresh.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The flavour and lack of other options.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? If it was available in other flavour options.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Re:Charge is a good product that works well on the bike but even better when you are off of it. 500ml of it straight after exercising was enough to keep your legs fresh especially when you are exercising everyday.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
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