The sporting world is awash with nutritional products of all kinds. Gels are available in every flavour and consistency imaginable – some more palatable than others. From my fifteen odd years of competing, GU gels are indispensable for energy delivery. I use GU gels in completion because I like the way they taste, they have a consistency which is easy to eat and above all; they truly make me go faster.
For short races, there are GU gels with high caffeine doses, for ultra-distance races Roctane gels contain amino acids to aid with compounded muscle fatigue, and there are also GU gels which contain no caffeine at all - this is important because I will often consume 30 + gels in a race.
My top 3 Gu Gel tips:
Tape your Gu to the top tube: That way you can tear them off one-handed.
Safety pin your Gu to the back of your running shirt - Tuck them into your shorts, and they will be there when you need them, perfect for marathons and half marathons.
Sam Clark is a 4-time winner of the Coast to Coast Multisport Race.
Cyclists notoriously have tight thoracic spines or mid back. We spend hours hunched over on our bikes and everywhere else in our daily lives.
Sonya Looney is pro mountain biker with a world championship title to her name. She gives us some crucial stretching and mobility exercises to combat the 'cyclist's hunch'.