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Five hydration tips for cyclists


We all know hard riding in the heat requires hydration to keep the machine that is you running smoothly. The question is how much, when, and what to drink? Here are five great hydration tips for cyclists.

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Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild now comes in multi-serving bags


Responding to demand from customers, Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild recovery drink is now available in 15-serving bags online and at specialty retailers.

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  • AA says:

    Hmm, more value — so now there is a multi-serving option which is only hideously expensive, instead of outrageously expensive.

    The single serve packs look very intriguing and would fill a niche for me, would love to try some, but at $3 a pop they’re pretty much out of the question for any kind of regular use, so what’s the point..

  • myke says:

    it is expensive but the price is on par with other high quality protien powders.

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Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild review


After big rides, Mtbr’s tester often needed a nap just to stay awake in the evening. And either way, we were fairly useless around the house. Could Tailwind Rebuild help?

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  • eb1888 says:

    Complete protein from rice and beans, peas etc. Cook those up yourself for a months worth in the frig/freezer for $5. Eat some not powdered before a ride and you receive an ongoing supply and less recovery is necessary.

  • C says:

    ‘Real Food’ is the way to go. I finally learned this and now I only rely on actual, ‘real’ food in its ‘real’ and natural form. As for beans, rice, and peas : A LOT of people are actually totally allergic to nearly ALL beans without every knowing it. Brown rice, also, is actually NOT as good for you as ‘white’ rice. Lectins in nearly ALL beans actually cause all kinds of impacts on bodily immunity, as well as skin problems and joint soreness. Once I quite ALL beans, brown rice, and most fruit sugar, I finally can mountain bike like a madman, pain free, no soreness…day in and day out. A miracle I wish I had accessed decades ago.

    SCREW packaged nutrition. REAL FOOD is the answer.

    • jond63 says:

      Seriously correct — I feel like I have been eating rocket fuel! Wish I had known this decades ago as well…

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Top 10 ways to avoid holiday weight gain and still party


The season is over, it’s snowing outside, you’re pounding nut roll like you’re getting paid for it. Off-seasons are for gluttony and sedentary life right? Wrong!

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  • Smithhammer says:

    There is no “off season.” Drink whatever you want, eat whatever you want, get on your bike and ride it off, Francis.

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Fluid Sports Nutrition’s new Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery drink


Fluid supports mountain biking with sponsorships and new products.

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Clif Bar invents pizza in a pouch


Designed with lots of input from their endurance athletes, Clif Bar has created a new line of organic energy food that taste more like real food than sugary gels.

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Review: PureFit Nutrition Bars


Gluten-free, vegan protein bar provides energy on and off the bike in a variety of flavors featuring almonds and peanut butter.

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  • David says:

    Studies have shown that soy protein is the worst protein to consume. Further more recent studies have proven that soy is actually harmful for men with high levels of estrogen. Why on earth would any man want to consume soy if he is looking for “fitness nutrition”?

    • Don says:

      Heck, not just the soy, but peanuts as well. Peanut oil has been used for decades by scientists to induce atherosclerosis in cholesterol-fed rats, rabbits, and primates. It’s thought the the peanut lectins are responsible for the unexpectedly atherogenicic properties of peanut oil, although more research is needed to confirm this. I wouldn’t be putting it in a “fitness” food.

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Interbike: PowerBar’s new flavors of Performance Energy Wafers and 30 gram Protein Plus bars


Some new nutrition products from one of the oldest names in the game – PowerBar.

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Review: Corazonas Oatmeal Squares


Corazonas are an all natural, healthy snack bar for on or off the bike. They come in many flavors like: Cranberry Flax, Chocolate Chip, Blueberry, Banana Walnut and more.

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Videos: It’s corn dogs vs. rice cakes in an epic bike nutrition throw down


It’s corn dogs vs. rice cakes, Ornut vs. Rapha, high schoolers vs. Team Sky in good-spirited food fight.

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Four big ideas from little companies at Sea Otter


A cool computer/POV camera mount, an electrolyte-injecting hydration pack, and coconut water without the water are a few of the big ideas from small companies we saw at Sea Otter.

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Review: Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel


This small Durango, CO company started mixing drinks in their kitchen for their own personal use so they could survive the rigors of the Leadville 100 race. What they came up with is a formula that is natural, dissolves easily in water and is easy for the body to digest.

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  • LiquidSpin says:

    The 3 top main ingredients are sugar. Which means it’s basically more sugar then any other ingredient. Simple carbs is great for quick energy but it can also make you crash afterwards if you don’t provide yourself with a good amount of protein and complex carbs soon afterwards.

    How is this going to sustain energy all day? By drinking it through out the day. Over loading your body with sugar. I think I’ll pass.

    I prefer water with sugar free electrolytes a few snack bars with plenty of protein for a long 3-4 hour ride.

    • Jennyv says:

      LiquidSpin, thanks for your comments. You’re right – Tailwind’s first two ingredients, dextrose (glucose) and sucrose, are simple sugars/carbohydrates and were chosen because that is what your body uses to fuel itself. Your body runs on glucose. Maltodextrin, a complex sugar/carbohydrate is a manufactured chain of dextrose molecules, which get broken down into…glucose. From our standpoint, you are running a calorie deficit from the get go (expending 600+ calories/hour but only able to physiologically process between 200-300 calories/hour) so it makes sense to give you the simple carbs for immediate gastric emptying and absorption into your system. It takes both time (and energy) to break down the maltodextrin into a usable fuel that Tailwind already provides (ie. dextrose/glucose).

      Spikes and crashes typically occur because you are ingesting a lot of calories all at once creating a “sugar high” followed by the crash. But, by sipping your fuel you are metering you intake so you avoid these peaks and valleys. As for protein, the most recent research shows that although protein is important for recovery and as part of your overall diet, it is linked to a high incidence of GI distress during your activity and doesn’t measurably improve performance. That’s why we don’t include it. Joe Friel has an excellent post here: http://www.joefrielsblog.com/2011/09/should-you-use-carbohydrate-protein-sports-drinks.html

      To us, the proof is in our customers’ stories – some of whom have never been able finish a 50 or 100 miler before due to GI issues, or because their fueling strategy just wasn’t working. You can see what our customers are saying on our website (we post everything) or on our Facebook page.

      • LiquidSpin says:

        Thank you for replying Jenny! I’ve learned some new stuff from you 🙂 However, if one has the time before the ride to eat (not over eat, mind you) a good meal to sustain the energy needed to do a long strenuous activity say biking with time for the food to digest wouldn’t water with electrolytes and some snack bars (also loaded with protein and carbs) be enough as well?

        I can see the pro’s of sipping this, though. No need to get off the bike to eat. Also if you don’t have time to eat a proper meal before with time for the food to digest then the simple carbs would be used immediately for energy.

        I’ll give Tailwind a try. I didn’t know studies have shown that protein during a long stressful activity could cause GI distress.

        Thanks again for the helpful info!

        • Jennyv says:

          Hi LiquidSpin,

          For shorter rides a good meal before your ride (giving it enough time to digest) should sustain you for a couple of hours in combination with your glycogen stores. The goal with any fueling strategy is to stave off the depletion of those glycogen stores (which leads to the dreaded bonk).

          The problem is, the longer you go, the more stress is placed on your GI system to process those calories and deliver fuel to your muscles. And, with your level of effort, your body will actually divert blood from the digestive system to your muscles which can lead to further GI complications. Tailwind’s approach is to give you those calories in the most efficient form possible. Feel free to email us at info@tailwindnutrition.com for more details…we love talking about this stuff! Your body is truly an incredible machine.

      • Roger says:

        Look into Carbo-Pro…they’ve been around longer. GI issues…I get them sometimes. It’s never a guarranty, something no one can predict, that’s why I carry butt wipes 🙂

    • Brian says:

      Depending on your effort level at an event, most people won’t easily tolerate protein or solid food. There are lots of companies making liquid nutrition that’s a mix of simple and complex carbs for endurance and Ironman events cause electrolyte waters (nuun etc) and high protein bars lead to a puke fest for a lot of people (especially if running is involved) if you need to take in 300-400 cal/hr for an event. Formulas/nutrition like this are used very successfully by lots of Ironman, TdF, Leadville and other endurance athletes.

  • Marc says:

    This is a nice idea, however, it isn’t very revolutionary or proprietary. It’s more or less an expensive “Whole Foods” gatorade: sugar and electrolytes. Unlike Cytomax, it has no amino acids and no lacate buffers. Market yourself as a high end, organic/all natural sport drink, rather than a “gamer changer” cycling/high endurance nutritional supplement. You’ll have a larger market, an easier sell and more reasonable expectations of the product. Okay, the MBA in me is done talking…

    • Jennyv says:

      Hi Marc,

      I’m happy to hear that you have found something that works for you! That’s really the goal here. As for lactate buffers, there is quite a bit of controversy in this area, and we choose not to put anything in Tailwind unless it is proven to be effective. Amino acids we view as being important for recovery but not while you are actively riding (and Tailwind is formulated for while you are riding).

      The International Society of Sports Nutrition came out with a position paper last year on sports drinks stating that “The ergogenic value of caffeine on mental and physical performance has been well-established but the potential additive benefits of other nutrients contained in Energy Drinks and Energy Shots remains to be determined”. You can read the article here: http://www.jissn.com/content/pdf/1550-2783-10-1.pdf

  • Roger says:

    CARBO-PRO is cheaper at $28 and it’s the same endurance fuel if not better. No taste…put it in water, taste like water. You can mix with other endurance fuels. Carbo load the night before without the weight the next day, take 2 scoops with 1-scoop BCAA as pre-ride, you’ll be going like superman!

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Review: Sharkies Organic Energy Sports Chews and New Turbo


Sharkies is an organic energy sports chew shaped like little sharks and they have a new Turbo Strawberry flavor that includes a half shot of caffeine for that extra “kick”.

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Review: Fluid Sports Nutrition – Performance and Recovery Drinks


Fluid Sports Nutrition is a company from San Luis Obispo that offers Performance and Recovery drink mixes that are easy to digest, taste great and offer crisp, light refreshment.

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  • Carl Boni says:

    Agree completely with your review. Fluid is the best product we’ve tried, both for hydration and recovery. Taste is a huge part of that, but they also really work for us. Our team has worked with them for 2 years now and they’re great people as well.

  • Thomas says:

    To bad I can’t order this to my country, it nearly doubles the price for belgium 🙁

  • Richard Smith says:

    Thank you all for the kind words! We are very passionate about what we do!

    Thomas – if you like – chat with us online or give us a call at 877-693-5843 and we’ll see if there’s a more cost effective way to ship it to you directly. We do this for other countries currently.

    Cheers!

    RS

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Video: Fluid Nutrition Performance and Recovery Drinks


Richard Smith tells us about his San Luis Obispo company called Fluid. We at Mtbr have been using the Fluid Performance drink over the winter and we like it. Find out why.

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Review: Kate’s Real Food – Energy Bars


I’ve been hearing more and more about an all natural and organic energy bar from a brand called Kate’s Real Food. They were at the Outerbike demo/festival last October and the buzz has been growing since. In addition, they were a bronze level sponsor of the Mountain States Cup series and they are also a […]

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  • evasive says:

    Kate’s brother is a good friend of mine, and I’ve been a fan of these for years. These are the best tasting energy bars you’ll ever try. Highly recommended.

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Review: Grab The Gold – Snack Bar


I’ve been eating Grab The Gold snack bars for over two years now and they continue to be one of my favorite energy snacks. I first learned about them at my local gym after spin class. Since that time, I’ve seen them offered in more and more locations including select bike shops. The gold packaging […]

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Clif Announces Chocolate Cherry Shot Bloks


Clif Shot Bloks Energy Chew Releases Category First Flavor Chocolate Cherry Emeryville, Calif., October 23, 2012 – Clif Shot Bloks®, the market-leading energy chew for performance athletes announced today a category-first flavor, Chocolate Cherry, available now at select specialty retail stores nationwide. Clif Shot Bloks Chocolate Cherry marks a bold departure from fruit-only flavored energy […]

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Fluid Sports Nutrition – New Fresh Citrus Performance Drink


Richard Smith from Fluid talks to us about their new flavor of Fluid Performance: Fresh Citrus. Besides their award winning Fluid Performance electrolyte drink, Fluid also has a Recovery drink. Mtbr can atest that the all new Fresh Citrus flavor is light and easy to drink. We have also been using their other Performance and […]

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  • Jeffrey says:

    At the top you guys mentioned a full write up was coming soon. Is that online somewhere? Heard good stuff about Fluid this weekend at the Long Slow Distance camp in SLO and would love to hear what you guys think. Thanks.

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CLIF Bar’s Popular Seasonal Flavors Return for 10th Holiday Season


Sentimental Flavor Favorites Give Back with Donation to Protect Our Winters Emeryville, Calif., October 2, 2012 – CLIF® Bar’s highly anticipated seasonal flavors are back for the 10th consecutive holiday season. Throughout the decade, CLIF Bar has helped get athletes in the holiday spirit with limited-edition flavors that bring a distinctive twist to the best-selling […]

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Fluid and Spy Giveaway at CrossVegas


Spin to Win with Fluid and Spy Optic Fluid teams up with Spy Optics for a party and prize giveaway at Cross Vegas 2012 San Luis Obispo, CA: Fluid Sports Nutrition and Spy Optic have teamed up for a conjoined party and prize giveaway at the CrossVegas cyclocross race at Interbike 2012 on Wednesday, September […]

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New Honey Stinger Waffle Flavors and Organic Gels


The Mtbr crew has been enjoying Honey Stinger nutrition products for a couple of years now. Starting with their energy gel made from honey to the stroopwafel type energy snack, their products are delicious! They have some new flavors and new products this year. The waffles are now available in Lemon and Chocolate flavor. The […]

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Clif Bar’s New Products – Gary’s Panforte, Kit’s Organic and more!


New products from Clif Bar this year include Gary’s Panforte Clif Bar, Chocolate Cherry Clif Bloks, 3 new flavors of Builder’s protein bar and the all-new, all-organic Kit’s Organic bars. In this video, Chris from Clif Bar gives us a quick rundown on all the new flavors and products from Clif Bar. Gary’s Panforte is […]

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  • howie t says:

    I used to be a Big Fan of Cliff products (gels and chews.) But I cannot have anymore organic brown rice syrup (with their high arsenic levels.) So I switched to GU gels now. I wish Clif would get rid of that Arsenic ingredient so I can buy their stuff again (especially thier improved Vanilla and chocolate gels.) However, Nothing taste better than the Peanut Butter GU gels now!!!

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Celebrate Clif Bar’s 20th with Gary’s Panforte


CLIF Bar Introduces GARY’s PANFORTE to Celebrate Company’s 20th Anniversary Limited-edition CLIF Bar Inspired by Cycling Trips in Italy Thanks Fans for 20 Years of Adventure Emeryville, Calif., May 15, 2012 – In celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, Clif Bar & Company Founder and Co-CEO Gary Erickson created GARY’s PANFORTE, a limited-edition CLIF® Bar […]

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Introducing Osmo Nutrition


Introducing Osmo Nutrition Cutting edge nutrition company launches hydration and recovery product-system based on proven, peer-reviewed science Fairfax, CA (May 11, 2012)–Conventional wisdom in the endurance sports drink world holds that it’s optimal to have both electrolytes and carbohydrates in the same formula, to essentially turn a fluid into a fuel. Launched today and founded […]

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  • Sam Turney says:

    Osmo Active Hydration is awesome! I am able to push far harder during my 5+ hour epic mtb rides than ever before. I can’t wait to use it during Boggs 8 hour and the Creampuff 100. There is a huge difference between what an actual hydration drink can do for you versus the typical sugar/salt/water drinks (like cytomax, gu2o, etc) that I’ve been using for years.

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