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Best Energy Drink for a ride??

Old 08-29-08, 08:29 PM
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Best Energy Drink for a ride??

Hey guys, on Monday im doing a 150 mile ride and i was wanting to know the best energy drink/gels for that ride. The course is pretty hilly and ill be using a lot of energy.. Every 25 miles theres a water stand, that serves just plain old dasani filtered water.. i have used GU and Hammer and prefered the HAMMER, but ive heard talk about
1. Coffee?
2. Green Tea?
3. CytoMax?
4. Hammer Gel?
5. GU Gel?
And of course the Red Bull, Monster engery drinks..

What is best?
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Old 08-29-08, 08:31 PM
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I git'r done with Gatordade...tell yuh hwut
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THANKS? didnt help
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thanks, no help tho..
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Over 4hrs - Hammer perpetuem
Under 4hrs - Hammer Heed
Gels, electrolytes, etc, as needed.

Oh yeah, lots of water too.
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I love both GU Gel and Gatorade. With GU Gel drink lots of water. With gatorade make sure you have some water as well.

I don't see how caffeine or green tea would be beneficial on such a long ride. I have never tried it though. Is this common?
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Personal preference, as always.

Coffee for after of course (to go with the pb&j or whatever);
During: Cytomax or HEED, water, ShotBlox or Hammer gels.

Best for me is to keep the intake as light as possible, just to keep the balance.

Beth

PS the coffee "during" is in winter riding...30-50 mile rides...not 150 miles in 88 degree temps.
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you need water, electrolytes, and carbs.....any sports drink will provide the electrolytes, I use nuun tablets....gels will provide carbs and calories....anything around an hour or so I use only water...anything over I start to mix in the others as needed including solid foods(protein)
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Accelerade was recently recommended to me and I like it. It has 4:1 carbs to protein and its tasty, protein is important on long rides. I also consume copious amounts of GU Gel (chocolate outrage) I like 200 calories per hour. I also would recommend that the majority of your hydration is from plain water.

also, IMO little or no caffeine.
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I've never tried anything else than Gatorade/Powerade and water... I've always done this and got no complaining from my body. I don't really see a point of gels or coffee for me personally
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It's called vitalyte. Used to be called gookinaide.
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Probably been mentioned but Hammer Perpetuem. It's tough to keep cold, but you should be good if it doesn't get too hot. Also HEED. I can't do just Gels and drinks though for long rides, I need to have some real solid food too. Energy bars work, but they taste crappy.

Depending on your effort: you should be thinking 150-250 calories per hour for food, especially on a long ride like you have planned. Whey is also a good source of proteins and is a major component of Perpetuem.

(If you need a Hammer referral, PM me.)

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Coffee, bananas, granola bars.

I'd rather ingest on the bike what I'd ingest otherwise. But I admit, I have been a big fan of Clif's electrolyte drink recently. It's great stuff for me if I'm going more than an hour, especially if it's hot.
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Cytomax (pink lemonade, yum) in one bottle, water in the other. Lara Bars, Clif bars, Clif Shot Blocks.
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I vote for Cliff Shot Blocks- Like chewing on a jello cube Just a pinch between your cheek and gum
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InfinIT

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No stomach issues. Customizable to your precise requirements. Osmality is the key, has to do with emptying your stomach and not having it sit there. It also does not taste badly when warm. I tried them all, this solved my problems. I have mine fixed for no protein (less stomach issues), 300 calories (which I take in every hour), and plenty of elctrolytes.

Like many triathletes I know, I concentrate about 3 hours worth into one bottle and then take water after every sip.
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I haven't tried a whole lot of energy products, but I've had great luck with my Hammer Gel. I just mix it in one or both of my water bottles. You have to consistantly drink it though so you don't get any down time. I've taken 20 minutes on my ride without drinking and then I have to take a break to replenish my energy for full performance. Otherwise just drink every 5-10 minutes and you'll be good. That's my only experience with it, I'm real satisfied with it considering it's completely natural. I've never really looked up to haterade, although I'm sure it works pretty well. It still scares me.
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Originally Posted by grahny View Post
Over 4hrs - Hammer perpetuem
Under 4hrs - Hammer Heed
Gels, electrolytes, etc, as needed.

Oh yeah, lots of water too.
+1

The simple truth. I've tried many calculated combos, and (for me), this is the answer.
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The best stuff out there in my opinion.

from their website:

CarboPro 1200 Wild Berry / 16 Oz.
every drop is loaded ! 1200 calories to go in a little bottle ($13.90) per bottle
with CARBO-PRO (210 grams), Ribose (30 grams), Trehalose (30 grams), Dextrose (30 grams) per bottle;
and Sodium (150 mg) & Potassium (100 mg) per serving
to go faster, farther, forever...

Product Information

Forged in the heat of Death Valley, for the Badwater ultramarathon
by Ferg Hawke, July 2006
"CarboPro 1200 is the ultimate energy fuel for any endurance activity. It helped me RUN 135 miles,
while CLIMBING 13,300 ft, in temparatures of 125 degree F, in this year's Badwater.
I did it in 28:45 hours non-stop, and I did not have any stomach problems or muscle cramps.
I consumed about 300 calories per hour and used seven bottles for the race.
I am proud to have put CarboPro 1200 to test at the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet."

there are 1,200 calories in a bottle of CarboPro 1200
One bottle of CarboPro 1200 = 8 bottles of other sports drinks
or 12 gels

Each 16 oz / 480 mL bottle has SIX 80 mL servings
each serving provides 200 calories of pure energy
from 50 grams of carbs per serving
Each serving contains
5 grams of Ribose

5 grams of Trehalose
5 grams of Dextrose
and 35 grams of CARBO-PRO
150 mg Sodium and 100 mg Potassium

  • 1200 calories of pure energy and electrolytes
  • @ 200 to 300 calories per hour will last for four to six hours
  • Perfect for century rides or any endurance activity
  • Multi-level carbohydrate blend: CARBO-PRO, Ribose, Trehalose & Dextrose
  • Quickly and consistently increases energy levels and keeps it up there
  • Used by athletes and outdoor enthusiasts for:
  • Triathlon, Cycling, Century rides,
  • Mtn. Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Tennis,
  • Mountaineering, Marathon, Cross-country skiing, Trekking
  • and other ultra-distance events
  • OR use it in your RECOVERY shake for calories from carbs
  • Remember EVERY DROP IS LOADED !
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Whatever you can stomach on mile 100 of the ride. Seriously, the drink might be the next best thing since the slice of bread, but you can't drink it because of taste or what not it's not that useful.
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Usually a bottle of water and a bottle of Hammers HEED. Also bring a box of raisins along.
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