Cyclists really are spoilt for choice when it comes to sports nutrition products. However, this huge choice can lead to confusion.

The lines have been blurred regarding what we really need and why, with many manufacturers – in an attempt to be the preferred choice among the cycling community – making grand claims that their product is what you need in order to achieve your sporting goals.

These claims have led to an obsession with sport drinks in recent years, with many cyclists over-relying on products and giving too little thought to real food.

In addition, many riders are using them inappropriately – or at least aren’t using them effectively, wasting money.

That’s why we’ve put together this complete guide to sports fuel to answer all of these questions. To clear up confusion, to highlight performance benefits, and importantly, to compare sports products to real foods.

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The original version of this article appeared in the April 4 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.

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