News & Blog Archive 2012

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New High 5 Peanut Energy Bars

Posted:2013-01-08 20:27:47 UTC

High 5 have launched a new peanut flavour of their energy bar. As with all the Energy Bar flavours it's a blend of simple and complex carbohydrates from cereals and fruit, the peanut variety is 48% dried fruit and 36% peanuts. The new flavour is available to purchase now from our store either in 25 bar packs or as single bars - High 5 Energy Bars

SIS Go Plus Nitrates Gel Now In Stock

Posted:2012-10-05 13:03:27 UTC+01:00

We now have the new SIS GO Plus Nitrates gel in stock. A new addition to the SIS GO Energy Gel range that has recently been tested by UK Olympic athletes and is the first sports gel to contain naturally occurring nitrates. Top athletes have found that nitrates increase nitric oxide (NO) in your body which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients more efficiently. This means you can sustain higher levels of power for longer before fatigue sets in – giving you extra power for those extra tough events.

Last weekend for VAT free sports nutrition

Posted:2012-09-28 16:16:00 UTC+01:00

This weekend will be the finally opportunity to stock up on sports nutrition products before the new VAT changes take affect. Many sports nutrition products have previously been VAT free but from the 1st October all energy drink powders and protein powders will be eligible for VAT the standard 20% rate. We have no choice but to raise our prices to cover the VAT increase so from Monday you'll notice prices on many products will have risen by around 20%.

Tour de France Calorie Intake

Posted:2012-09-28 13:52:44 UTC+01:00

Interesting article from thestar.com on the challenge for Tour de France riders keeping up with their calorie requirements -

Every bike racer’s fear is that his legs will lose their potency, his breathing will increase, his vision will cloud over and he will no longer be able to stay in the slipstream of the riders ahead. Experience teaches us that once our bodies begin to shut down as they run out of fuel and overheat, it is virtually impossible to bounce back. If it happens, there is nothing we can do but limit our losses, ride a steady tempo, eat and drink and pray we don’t become hypoglycemic or “bonk”.

In the final mountain stages through of the Pyrenees, the riders are being pushed to their limits. Not only are the stages the most difficult courses of the race but they also come at the end of three arduous weeks of racing through France. And, in the south, the temperatures have risen to the hottest of the Tour. After the two depleting days in the mountains and one long rolling stage, the riders are then put to the ultimate final test: the time trial, a long 53 kilometre individual race against the clock.

To win the Tour de France, all race leader Bradley Wiggins has to do is remain consistent, as he has a virtually insurmountable two-minute lead over his rivals and teammate Chris Froome. He is a time trial specialist and has proven he can climb with the best in the mountains. Barring illness or injury the only way he can lose is if he makes an error in fueling, cooling or misgauges an effort. Several of his key rivals have already faltered as they have mismanaged their race. On yesterday’s hard Pyrenean stage, last year’s Tour winner, Cadel Evans was unable to follow a pace he could normally match or exceed. Depleted, he lost another five minutes to Wiggins.

Like a car overheating on a scorching day, our bodies will shut down if they are pushed too hard. We are constantly calibrating our efforts, knowing our limits, and gauging them by using our intuition, and monitoring our heart rate and power output readings on cyclo-computers, which are mounted on our handlebars.

Recovering in the high mountains requires exponentially more energy, yet it is harder to eat and drink due to the pace while climbing. In the heat we lose our appetites. We force down melting energy bars and sip on warm syrupy energy drinks, or warm water. The spectators’ ice-cold offerings are tempting but we refuse their drinks for fear they are tainted. On occasion a rider may accept the water and dump it over his head to cool down. None will drink it, even in desperation. It isn’t worth the risk.

A rider the size of Wiggins — roughly 160 pounds — will burn almost 6,000 calories on a six-hour Pyrenean mountain stage. This doesn’t include the amount of energy consumed to recover from the previous days’ effort, the rider’s basal metabolic rate or the energy burned to keep cool. During the race we try to consume maximum amount of food the body can digest, about 300 calories an hour, by eating an energy bar or syrup-like energy gel and sipping energy drinks. Fueling is such a priority that the team directeurs sportif, the French name for the team manager, will constantly remind their riders to eat and drink over the two-way radios. Teammates also remind each other and share food in dire moments.

The mountains are relentlessly draining. As the peloton quickly splinters under the pressure of the race, there is less slipstream to tuck in behind, and as the speeds are lower, the slipstream has less effect. There is nowhere to hide and teammates can do little to help a rider who has bonked. Going up we suffer, going down we are on the edge, focused on maintaining our racing line in the corners.

On a long 20-kilometer pass, we play mental games to digest the distance and required effort. We eye the distance markers at the roadside to break down the climb, we focus on the riders in front of us or the road ahead, as the effort overwhelms the rest of our thoughts. The cheers from the fans become enthusiastic background noise that animates us. Their faces are but a blur as we push the pedals.

The group will often surge or decelerate depending on who is setting the tempo at the front. If we are comfortable with the pace, we will wait for our moment to attack. But if we are near our physical limit we will cautiously back off to settle into a manageable tempo and try to take advantage of any available slipstream.

The riders in the peloton, no matter whether they are the first or the last, will feel uncomfortable through the mountains. There is no easy way to get to Paris.

New Clif Bar flavours now in stock

Posted:2012-07-10 20:28:25 UTC+01:00

We now have stock of the new Clif Bar flavours and the new larger 68g bars.

There are now 6 flavours available which are Blueberry Crisp, Chocolate Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

We're also offering a Clif Bar Mixed Flavour option on our 12 pack boxes if you want to try the full range of flavours.

New GU Energy Gel Mandarin Orange

Posted:2012-07-03 08:13:47 UTC+01:00

We now have stock of GU Energy Gel in the new Mandarin Orange flavour.

Like all the GU gels it's a blend of fructose and maltodextrin to maintain energy levels along with electrolytes to aid hydration. The gels also include citrates (potassium citrate, sodium citrate and citric acid) to help speed the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and mitigate acid build up in muscles. There's also Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) which act as another fuel source, aid in recovery and can help reduce fatigue.

The Mandarin Orange falvour is a caffeinted version of the gel with 25mg of caffeine per sachet.

Tour de Nuun

Posted:2012-06-22 12:06:21 UTC+01:00

We're loving these new limited edition Nuun packs designed based on the leaders jersey in the Tour de France. Shame it looks like they won't be available in the UK.

New Clif Bar Pack Sizes and Flavours

Posted:2012-06-19 18:49:59 UTC+01:00

Some exciting news from Clif Bar, after a long period of only be able to get the bars in limited flavours over the UK the three current flavours are being joined by three new flavours that should be available over the next few weeks. The full range of flavours will be -

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
  • Blueberry Crisp
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Almond Fudge
  • White Chocolate Macadamia

And even more good news is the pack sizes are going up to 68g per bar rather than 55g but the price is staying the same making them even better value for money. We'll add the new flavours to our store as soon as we take delivery of them which should be in 2-3 weeks time.

GU Electrolyte Tablets Now In Stock

Posted:2012-06-01 08:15:00 UTC+01:00

We now have stock of GU Brew Electrolyte tablets available in Lemon Lime, Orange, Peach Tree or Pink Grapefruit flavours.

Simple, light tasting and natural electrolyte tablets designed to help aid proper hydration. By using an electrolyte drink rather than water alone helps improve hydration by bringing your system into balance more quickly by aiding you to retain more of the liquid you ingest.

Optimal hydration takes place in the days and weeks before an event or after a hard workout. Use Gu Brew Electrolyte Tablets whenever, wherever, and you'll see a boost in preperation, sustenance, as well as recovery.

Each tube contains 12 tablets each making approximately 500ml when mixed as directed.

Free Clif Bar Nutrition Consulatations at Mountain Mayhem

Posted:2012-05-31 10:38:51 UTC+01:00

Official nutritional sponsor of Mountain Mayhem, Clif Bar, will be offering free one on one race day nutritional consultations. Their in-house sports nutrition expert, Joel Enoch, will be setting up an on-site nutrition hub and offering free ten-minute consultations to all racers. So whether you are riding solo or in a team, book a consultation with Joel to ensure you are getting the most from your pre, during and post race nutrition. To get you started, Joel has put together a Mountain Mayhem nutrition guide.

‘Getting your nutrition right is crucial, get it wrong over the weekend of Mountain Mayhem and not only will your race suffer, but you’ll enjoy your weekend far less too. Blending no holds barred, blood sweat and tears competition with a whole bag of fun is what it’s all about and so by following these principles, you’ll hopefully get the most from your weekend on the bike!

Pre Race: The day before endurance races, people often virtually inhale carbohydrates, leaving them feeling bloated and uncomfortable on the day. Research shows that eating slightly more carbs for 3 days keeps carb stores higher than normal for another 3 days, so eat a little more pasta, rice, cereals, breads and snack on Clif Bars on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to leave you fueled up and ready to go on Saturday!

Race Day: Don’t skip breakfast! 3 hours before you ride, eat a high carb meal, and drink a sports drink containing electrolytes, the Clif SHOT Electrolyte drink is perfect. Carb intake doesn’t need to be massive, 2 grams of carbohydrate per kg of your body weight is about right (look at the nutritional info on the side of the pack to see how much you need and practice at home pre-race). Recent research shows that the first 8 hours, of endurance events in particular, drain the body of fluid resulting in up to 5-7% body weight losses. You need to stay on top of this, so throughout the ride, drip-feed your system with the energy, fluid and salts that it needs. You need to replace what you use/lose so, rely on products like sports gels or Clif Bars, Shot Gels, Shot Bloks and Electrolyte Drink to get around 60-80g of carbohydrate per hour and 500-800mls of a sports drink. Plan this, write on each bottle/food pack to tell you when it’s for and pack this all before the race starts so that you don’t need to think about it on the day.

Post race: Keep drinking a drink containing salts after you're finished and monitor urine colour, if it isn’t pale or clear, keep drinking - little and often. You’ll also need to eat carbs and protein every couple of hours for the rest of the day to refuel. Eat full meals and snack on nutritious Builders Bars they contain 20g of protein and will give you roughly 2hours worth of protein to sustain recovery after the event. Remember, it’ll take a couple of days to get over the race and longer if you hit the drink too hard or don’t look after your nutrition.’

For more specific, one-to-one advice, visit the Clif Bar & Company nutritional hub at Mountain Mayhem and book a free one to one with Joel. Any rider who purchases a Clif water bottle can enjoy free unlimited re-fills of Clif SHOT Electrolyte drink over the course of the weekend.

Coming Soon: GU Mint Chocolate

Posted:2012-05-07 13:10:00 UTC+01:00

A new flavour of GU energy gel, mint chocolate, should soon be available to purchase in the UK. The reguler chocolate gel has been a favourite with us and many of our customers so we're excited to try the new flavour as soon as possible.

New SIS Pack Designs and Rebranding

Posted:2012-05-05 13:04:55 UTC+01:00

It seems like it wasn't long ago that Science In Sport last updated their pack designs but they're now changing again along with a relaunch of the product range and a rebranding of some of the products. The rebranding is more than just a pack design with several products changing names.

The main changes to the product names are summarised below -

PSP22 Drink is now branded as GO Energy

Smart 1 Gels and Drinks are now branded as GO + Caffeine

SIS Burner Gels are now branded GO + L-Carnitine

Super Hydro now becomes GO Hydro and changes from a powder to a tablet form

Rego Recovery becomes Rego Rapid Recovery

Build becomes Rego Protein Powder

Build Bar becomes Rego Protein Bar

Nocte becomes Rego Night Louis

Garneau Launches Energy Gels

Posted:2012-04-06 00:35:14 UTC+01:00

Louis Garneau, the company mainly known for it's cycling and triathlon clothing, helmets and footwear have taken a bit of a departure from their usual product lines and announced the launch of their own energy gel. It seems there are currently only plans to launch it in the US and Canada but it's a interesting move by them to enter the sports nutrition market. Louis Garneau is distributed exclusively in the UK by Evans Cycles so maybe in the future we'll see it available in the UK too.

Full press release below -

Louis Garneau, known to the cycling industry as the cycling solution, launches a new product line today known as Garneau Nutrition. Six flavors of energy gel will hit the market as the debut of this product line with an electrolyte sports drink and more nutritional products to follow in the near future.

LG Gel is made with natural ingredients and an optimum blend of complex carbohydrates, electrolytes, and antioxidants needed to meet the nutritional demands of athletes during racing and training.

Foremost, LG Gel tastes great and is available in six flavors, including Citrus, Concord Grape-Apple, Goji-Blueberry, Strawberry-Dragonfruit, Tropical Fruit, and Wildberry Pomegranate. Unlike other energy gels, LG Energy Gel contains real fruit juice which gives it a clean, simple, and natural taste with no chemical, bitter, or harsh after-taste. During intense workouts, taste is intensified; therefore, the flavors have been specially formulated to appeal to athletes of all abilities. In addition, the consistency of the gel makes it easy to swallow with or without water and allows for easy digestion.

We've perfected the packaging after two years in development (patent pending). The packaging is designed for a quick, no-struggle opening on the bike or during the run with a hole-punched tab for fingers to grip. The gel control spout allows the user to control the flow to the mouth and eliminates mess. The gel can easily be opened while in motion and the opening easily dispenses either directly to the mouth or in the waterbottle. Gel also stores perfectly in back pockets. The hole-punched tab will also be integrated to other products currently in development including bags and accessories.

"During my cycling career, nutrition always played a vital role in my success. As a cycling company, we work with athletes on a daily basis and therefore, had the desire to provide them with products essential for their training and racing. The launch of LG Energy will allow us to continue to be the cycling solution," remarks Founder and President, Louis Garneau.

Each gel packet is a serving size of 41 g and contains 100 calories with 25 grams of complex carbohydrates for quick absorption and increased long-term energy output and just 4 grams of simple sugars that make it easy to digest. Two Key Electrolytes (sodium and potassium) assist in rehydration and replenish electrolytes lost from perspiration. LG Gel contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners and delivers 100% DV of antioxidant vitamins C & E which help reduce muscle soreness and aid in recovery. Two flavors, Citrus and Tropical Fruit, are caffeinated. Citrus has 50mg of caffeine or roughly the equivalent of a single shot of espresso and Tropical Fruit has 25mg of caffeine.

New Nuun Flavours

Posted:2012-03-05 10:11:15 UTC

We now have a range of the new Nuun flavours in stock, there's Fruit Punch, Grape, Strawberry Lemonade and Orange to choose from. They're available to purchase as single tubes, 8 tube single packs or are also available in mixed flavour packs if you want to try them all.

Coming Soon: High 5 Zero Pink Grapefruit

Posted:2012-03-05 09:58:32 UTC

High 5 have added a new flavour to the range of Zero electrolyte tablets, we should have stock of Zero's in Pink Grapefruit very soon...

GU Launch Roctane Energy Drink

Posted:2012-01-19 15:01:19 UTC

GU Energy have just launched their new Roctane Energy Drink, there's no word on UK availability yet but it's interesting to see what new products are coming down the line.

Roctane Energy Drink is a carbohydrate intensive energy drink for ultra distance and intense efforts. It contains the critical carbs and electrolyte replenishment that ultra endurance athletes need to compete at high levels. And it comes in a super light tasting, easy to mix formula for fueling hour after hour after hour. It also contains caffeine, taurine, and beta-alanine to help increase performance, by decreasing perceived effort, helping to prevent heart and muscle fatigue, and increasing muscle buffering capacity.

Each serving contains 240 calories of complex and simple carbs that is optimized for rapid absorption and energy accessibility and key electrolytes such as sodium and potassium so you can get your calories and hydration all in one drink. Here’s a breakdown of Roctane Energy Drink’s key performance ingredients:

  • Ideal carbohydrate ratio - Unique ratio of complex and simple carbohydrates are podium-proven to better maintain glucose levels than simple or complex carbs alone
  • Key electrolytes - Sodium and potassium properly maintain hydration Taurine - Can help maintain heart and muscle performance during prolonged exercise which would otherwise lead to fatigue and decreased performance
  • Caffeine (except grape flavor) - Stimulates the central nervous system and reduces pain perception leading to prolonged exercise, delayed fatigue and increased performance ◾Beta-Alanine & Histidine – Helps buffer acid caused by going over lactate threshold; amino acids help prevent muscle damage and aid with muscle recovery
  • Branch Chain Amino Acids (Leucine, Valine, Isoleucine) – Shown to serve as an additional fuel source (when taken with carbohydrates), reduce muscle damage, enhance recovery and delay fatigue – all critical during intense or long efforts

Whilst the new Roctane drink contains many of the same elements as the populer GU Roctane Energy Gel the two have been designed to work together and compliment each other.

If you already use Roctane gel, you can substitute some Roctane gel for Roctane energy drink. This will help tailor energy intake to your needs and provide the beneficial ingredients found in both the gel and drink. While many ingredients are similar in the two products (carbohydrates, branched chain amino acids, histidine, and caffeine) each has unique ingredients which may also help improve performance (gel – OKG for muscle recovery, vitamin E as an antioxidant; drink – taurine to help heart and muscle function, beta-alanine to help increase muscle buffering capacity). Therefore, using both products will help provide every nutritional advantage possible to athletes who demand the best from themselves and their nutrition. For many athletes, all they may need during prolonged exercise is one 21oz bottle of Roctane drink and 1 Roctane gel per hour for 340 calories and extra nutritional support to maximize performance.

SiS to fuel GB Rowing Team

Posted:2012-01-13 09:33:43 UTC

Sports nutrition brand SiS has signed a new five-year deal to continue as the Official Supplier of Sports Drinks and Sports Nutrition of the GB Rowing Team. The partnership renews SiS’s commitment to the high-performance arm of British Rowing, a relationship which was launched in 2009 since when the Team has won 15 World Championship Gold medals.

As a result of the partnership, SiS will continue to provide all of the GB Rowing Team’s Senior, Adaptive and top Development rowers with the nutrition they require to ‘prepare, perform and recover’ in their gruelling training and competition regimes until the end of 2016. This includes a full range of nutritional products for hydration, energy and recovery, all developed by SiS’s highly-trained team of sports scientists, food technologists and physicians.

GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner CBE commented, “We are an ambitious team and know that the rest of the world will raise their game in London so winning medals will be tough. As host nation, and a leading rowing nation, we will be a target for the rest of the world. I am confident that our rowers – with our outstanding coaches and team support – are in good shape for the Games and will do us proud on home waters in front of a passionate home crowd at Eton-Dorney in July and August”.

“Nutrition is a key part of this, and we’re thrilled to have SiS’s continued support. We have worked with them for a number of years, and they are incredibly proactive in working with our nutritionists to develop new products specific to our needs to help get the best out of our rowers.”

SiS Sales Director Tim Lawson said of the partnership, “We’re really pleased to be working with the GB Rowing Team for another five years. A key aspect of this relationship for us is development, and we’re keen not only to support the Seniors who did us proud at the World Championships earlier this year, but also the younger rowers coming up through the ranks. We look forward to working with and supporting all of these individuals in the next five years to contribute to the long-term success of the GB Rowing Team.”

SiS to help develop new British talent with Rapha Condor Sharp

Posted:2012-01-13 09:35:27 UTC

Sports nutrition brand SiS has signed a new two-year deal to continue as Official Supplier of Sports Drinks and Sports Nutrition to Rapha Condor Sharp, the number-one-ranked British Continental cycling team.

The partnership renews a relationship which was launched in 2008 and which in the last year alone has seen major U.C.I. wins in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as an overall win in the Halfords Tour Series.

SiS will continue to provide all of Rapha Condor Sharp’s cyclists with the nutrition they require to ‘prepare, perform and recover’ in their gruelling training and competition regimes until the end of 2013. This includes a full range of nutritional products for hydration, energy and recovery, all developed by SiS’s highly-trained team of sports scientists, food technologists and physicians.

After a number of successful years, Rapha Condor Sharp has this year decided to pursue a change in direction, with youth development the central focus for the team moving forward. SiS Founder Tim Lawson commented, “We have partnered Rapha Condor Sharp during some incredibly successful years and we now fully support the team’s commitment to the development of young British talent. This is an exciting time for the team and we’re thrilled to be on board again. We look forward to contributing to the progress of young riders such as Felix English and Mike Cuming and are equally pleased to continue working with such talented individuals as Ed Clancy MBE and Andrew Tennant.”

Rapha Condor Sharp Directeur Sportif John Herety commented, “Despite the number of new young riders in the squad, we will be training and competing just as intensely this year, so rider welfare is key. The larger squad this year means that the younger riders will have more room to recover, but nutrition is also crucial. We’ve worked with the sports scientists at SiS for a number of years and we will continue to rely on their products to make sure our riders are getting the best nutrition available.”

Hosting Upgrades

Posted:2012-01-04 20:51:36 UTC

Our web host is upgrading their routers this evening, we're expecting a short period where the website will be unavailable at around 10pm.

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