Knowledge Level: Intermediate
In the second of our features profiling British Cycling’s and Team Sky’s Nutritional Supplier, CNP, we look at two new products to fuel you on the bike from their innovative range of endurance products. With input from Great Britain Cycling and Team Sky nutritionist Nigel Mitchell, we’ll let you know how, why and when to use these products.
CNP Hydro Gel and CNP Hydro Gel Max
CNP Hydro Gels are groundbreaking gels developed with British Cycling and Team Sky to provide convenient energy for athletes who struggle to consume traditional gels. Containing natural energy sources from juice and delivering natural electrolytes from coconut water, this great tasting product is already a favourite in the peloton. The Hydro Gel Max adds caffeine from natural Guarana.
On the bike, you should be looking to consume 0.5-1g of carbohydrates per kilogram of bodyweight per hour depending on intensity and should aim to spread that over 2-3 micro feeds every 20-30 minutes.
For a 75 kg rider this would equate to 37.5-75 g per hour and, with a Hydro Gel delivering 22 g of carbohydrate, meeting this requirement shouldn’t be hard.
On long rides, it’s essential to start that routine right at the beginning of the ride and not to wait until you’re hungry. Remember, you’re not eating for that moment but 10-20 kilometres down the road.
For short hard rides, such as circuit races, 10-mile time trials or track events, you might also use a Hydro Gel during your warm-up. The Hydro Gel Max with caffeine can give you an extra boost for these sorts of efforts and can also be used to give you a lift towards the end of a long ride.
“As with all of the products we’ve developed with CNP the Hydro Gels stemmed from a performance question issue. Our riders were satisfied with taking 2-4 regular gels but were struggling to stomach any more. In preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Road Race we believed that the riders would need in excess of 10 gels each. We needed to try something different. That’s when we came up with the idea of using natural fruit juice with added maltodextrin. We provided them to the riders in zip-tie bags, they worked, the feedback was excellent , and so with CNP, we developed the idea into a professional product. They’re a more natural, palatable and easier to stomach way to deliver energy.”
CNP Race Drink
CNP Race Drink is a revolutionary energy drink developed in association with Team Sky. Its combination of Neutral pH and very mild flavour allows riders to consume large quantities without the usual flavour fatigue and stomach issues whilst still delivering essential energy and hydration.
2 level scoops in 500 ml of water will deliver 22 g of carbohydrates. You should be consuming 500-1000 ml of fluids per hour on the bike depending on your size and the conditions.
“With our riders consuming 10+ bottles in a typical race, they were really struggling with the overly sweet and flavoured drink mixes available. They lost the desire to drink, complained of syrupy build up in their mouths and felt sick. The CNP Race Drink contains subtle, not too sweet flavours, which enables riders to drink it in high volumes. Over 100 litres were consumed by Team Sky during the Tour of California. It has a neutral pH of 7, most other sports drinks are acidic with a pH of 3, and this is much easier on the gut. Also, as it can be consumed in higher volumes, it has less sodium than other sports drinks so you’re replacing lost salt but not overdoing it.”