These have been core to a triathlete’s race fuelling strategy since the late 1980s when the Lepping Squeezy gel was dished out at Ironman Hawaii. These sachets of energy usually come in isotonic and traditional versions. Isotonic comes pre-mixed with water but are bulkier; pure energy gels are packed with carbs but can be tougher to consume without water.
Energy bars are perfect for riding where the weight-bearing nature of your bike and, in general, lower intensity of exercise means they’re more easily digested. Homemade versions are often better than commercial as they contain more water.
These are common across both the bike and run, and are akin to Wine Gums (only with higher levels of calories and added portability). They’re easy to digest, small in size and easily managed when it comes to monitoring the amount of carbs consumed.
Electrolyte tabs are designed for hydration purposes. Simply plop a tab into your water bottle and you’ll consume numerous minerals that accelerate the transport of water to your working cells, sodium being the most important. These are particularly prevalent at hot races.