As well as carbohydrate, these gels contain protein, caffeine and guarana to help maximise your performance.
Everyone knows that carbs provide plenty of energy but we’re firm believers in filling the fuel tanks with more besides during exercise. Each of these 40g sachets provides a reasonable 107 calories of energy, including 25g of carbs. You also get 4.45mg of caffeine which, to be honest, isn’t much – a cup of filter coffee has over 100mg – along with and 49mg of guarana to heighten your mental alertness and increase your energy supply from your body’s reserves of fatty acids.
There’s also a small amount of protein in here – 1.8g, to be precise – including PeptoPro, a peptide that your body can quickly and easily use to look after your muscles when you’re working hard.
It’s really easy to bite or tear the top off the sachet from the saddle so getting the gel down is no problem at all, and the red orange flavour that we had does taste good – slightly tangy and not too sweet, even when you’re onto your fifth of the day.
It’s always a case of 'suck it and see' when it comes to nutritional products, but we reckon these are certainly worth a go for that little bit of extra protein – it might just give you that edge you’re looking for.
These are free of gluten, wheat, nuts and gelatine and are suitable for veggies. They're not expensive either.
Energy gel with added stimulants and protein to improve your performance - tasty with it
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Make and model: Multipower Multi Carbo gel
Size tested: 30x40g
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
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I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.