Team Sky riders will make their way through 23,000 Science in Sport gels in 2016, but what other goodies will the nutrition supplier be providing?


Earlier this year, Science in Sport announced they were joining forces with Team Sky as official nutrition supplier.

As part of that role, the Lancashire-based company is tasked with providing enough supplements to keep the WorldTour team going throughout the entire season – both at races and in training.

You may think that you get through a few energy gels on your weekend rides or sportives, and that your tub of recovery powder is diminishing very quickly, but your consumption is nothing compared to a Team Sky pro.

For that reason, SiS have released the figures showing just how many products the team will be receiving, and it’s pretty staggering.

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Eleven thousand SiS GO Isotonic energy gels will be delivered to Team Sky HQ, along with 8,000 Go Energy + Caffeine gels and 4,000 Go Energy + Electrolyte gels…that’s 23,000 gels in total.

Then there’s the energy bars, with 8,000 Go mini bars winging their way to Chris Froome and co, as well as 3,000 protein bars to help with recovery after a long day in the saddle.

Protein bars aren’t enough to help a cyclist fully recover, though, so SiS have also shipped 700kg of protein powders, including whey protein, SiS Advanced Isolate + and SiS overnight protein.

For reference, to buy 11,000 isotonic gels, you would need to purchase 1,834 of the six-packs from the SiS website, which at £7.79 each (in the sale), would set you back £14,286.86.

Meanwhile, 3,000 chocolate and peanut protein bars (priced at £35.99 for 20) would cost £5,398.50.

Granted, you’re probably not looking to feed a 30-strong cycling team, but it’s always nice to put these things into perspective.

  • briantrousers

    Yes, yes, yes I know all that. It’s the Acesulfame K which is a bit spicy. I understand the reasoning SIS give for placing artificial sweeteners in this sort of thing as opposed to natural sugars but it’s an unwelcome addition for many people.

    I know this is personal but it gives me deeply unpleasant indigestion. I have found I need to avoid all varieties of SIS product for this reason.

    Conversely products from Torq and OTE contain fructose and I have no problem with those whatsoever.

  • J1

    I suppose SiS suit Sky quite well. CNP are pretty big in the boxing world too, they’ve got some nice products with quite a few flavours that nobody else does, a bit on the expensive side compared to most though.

  • J1

    Agreed, I’ve seen much worse ingredients in some energy bars.

  • Tom Sharp

    Sodium benzoate: found in cranberries and plums. Citric acid: citrus fruit. Potassium sorbate: found in berries. Sodium chloride: table salt.

  • John Senior

    Pity about CNP who made ace products and were a bit ‘left field’ given they are really known for body building stuff – energy drink is best I’ve tasted. I guess SIS offered them more money when the CNP contract ran out. Sure it won’t do their sales or profile any harm and will probably be added to Team Sky 2016 kit so it’s different to last year

  • Tom Sharp

    All perfectly safe ingredients found in all kinds of foods. Just because you don’t recognize the correct chemical name of something doesn’t mean its dangerous

  • briantrousers

    If by “goodies” you mean:

    Water, Maltodextrin (from Maize), Natural Flavouring, Gelling Agents (Gellan Gum, Xanthan Gum), Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate), Preservatives (Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate), Sweetener (Acesulfame K), Sodium Chloride, Antioxidant(Ascorbic Acid), Colour (Beta-Carotene),

    then I wish them good luck!