The best energy gels for cycling 2024: what to look for and seven favorites

There's no doubting the benefit of downing a quick energy gel at vital points of a ride or race – here's a few of our favorites

Male cyclist pulling one of the best energy gels for cycling out of his jersey pocket
(Image credit: Future)

Running out of energy during a ride or a race because you haven’t eaten properly is easily done. Even if you don’t completely bonk, if you’ve neglected to take on sufficient fuel your performance levels will suffer. 

Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.