Howdy folks. Just thought I'd drop a quick note on some new sports drink that is working pretty well for us.
I'm not very picky when it comes to sports drinks. What ever is on sale would be my favorite for the day. However, my wife/stoker has a hard time digesting most sports drinks. No matter how strong or weak we'd mix it, it just sits in her tummy, leaving her bloated and dehydrated by the end of the ride. So, she's always just used water and Hammer gel as that's all she could handle.
We stumbled across a sports drink called "Hammer Gel's Sustained Energy". It comes in powder form with enough to mix 8 servings. It costs around 20 bucks, a bit pricey. It's well worth it though as this is the first sports drink that I can truely tell makes a difference, a big difference. So if that's out of your price range just use it for special events like races, or tours. We've started using it on all club rides, tours or when we do a rally, anytime we know we're going to be going for extended periods at a higher pace than comfortable cruising. According to the serving suggestions it's recomended for training or competition of more than 90 min.
You can even add it to your regular sports drink, both at regular strenth. The taste is kind of "cream of wheat" like. So I mix mine with what ever I might have to give it some flavor. My wife just uses it straight as she doesnt mind the slight grit and flavor at all.
Bottom line is if you use it once, you'll want to use it on at least all your hard rides.