I’d never start a race without a gel in my back pocket, I have always had a ritual of a gel 15 minutes before a crit, or a couple of gels on board for the closing stages of a road race. I pile a lot faith into these little sachets of gloop that they will give me that added boost of energy when I so desperately need it.
My faith in TORQ gels is strong. To know the science behind these products helps with the faith, as TORQ tell us 2:1 ratio of Maltodextrin and Fructose, which can be simultaneously absorbed allowing for the fast energy supply of Maltodextrin to be teamed with the slower release of Fructose. This allows 40% more carbohydrate delivery to working muscles! Gone are the days of Glucose use!
The inner workings of the product is undoubtedly important but equally as important is the palatability, because at the end of the day if it doesn’t taste nice, then you are not going to want to eat it! I’m constantly impressed by how easy the gels are to consume, the consistency in my eyes is perfect, not claggy and not needing copious amounts of fluids to wash it down. The flavours are interesting sounding, but really deliver, with the Strawberry Yoghurt flavour being my favourite, closely rivalled by the Black Cherry Yoghurt flavour which I recently tried for the first time in the Holland Hills UCI race. It was a refreshing distraction from the pain of the constant hills!
The Forest Fruits gel with Natural Guarana Extract is my chosen weapon before the Tour Series rounds this year. These short but fast and furious races don’t allow you take on board much fuel during the race but the 89mg caffeine boast keeps me going all race when consumed 15-20 minutes before the start, and the results show it .
My favourite thing about TORQ products as whole is their Natural Flavouring and Organic quality. For those who use a lot of energy products, you will know that some can be hard to stomach, but using TORQ you can rest assure that you’re fuelling your body in a natural way!