Review of the gels
Svensson has energy gels for every kind of performance
Tested on wielerverhaal.com
It is impossible to imagine cycling without energy gels in today's world of cycling. They are easily digestible, easy to carry and above all a direct supplier of energy for every level of rider, from tourists to competition riders. We received the Endurance Energy Gel, Booster Energy Gel and Final Energy Gel from Svensson and tested them in competitions. This resulted in an unexpected anecdote.
Final Energy Gel
The 1st gel that passes in review is the Final, which should be taken in the final of your competition or effort, as the name suggests. The Final is available in 'spicy coffee'-flavor - which suited us as a notorious coffee lover very well. The gel is easy to open with the mouth - always handy during the race - and is very fluid, which is an absolute plus. Some other gels are rather syrupy and therefore difficult to ingest. Should the gels be difficult to ingest anyway, they can also be optimally used by mixing them in a drinking can with 450 ml of water, making the endurance gel an isotonic sports drink. A 46 g gel contains 75 mg caffeine, which can be detected immediately after ingestion. Within 10 minutes after ingestion we noticed an increase in concentration, and the painful legs were gone for a while. In addition to the caffeine, the Final also contains black pepper, which stimulates the nervous system and reduces fatigue, and 30 g of carbohydrates, which makes this gel in combination with a thirst-quencher an ideal form of energy supply in the Final. TIP: DO NOT use this gel towards the evening. we thought it would be a good idea to test this gel on an evening criterion. However, that turned out to be a terrible plan. For sports performance, this gel is certainly a stimulant, but there are better ways to get to sleep. Sleep was a task - something that is usually not a problem after a race - and the 3 o'clock was easily exceeded.
Booster Energy Gel
The Booster can be seen as a combination of the Final and the Endurance Energy Gel. It also contains caffeine, but less than the Final - 35 mg in a 45 g portion, compared to 75 mg in the Final. The Endurance is intended for a slow release of energy, so this gel is also more focused on the endurance of the athlete. The presence of caffeine and guarana means that the gel also stimulates concentration and reduces fatigue, bringing out a fresher feeling. Because the Booster contains 30 g of carbohydrates, it is the perfect gel to ingest during exercise. The big difference is that when taking the Final there is a danger of getting the dip that athletes often complain about when taking a high dose of caffeine during a competition, when the caffeine is depleted. Because the Booster contains only half the caffeine, there will be a noticeable difference in concentration and fatigue reduction, but there will be no noticeable dip when the caffeine is depleted. The Booster is available in the flavors red fruit, mint and natural tea.
Endurance Energy Gel
Last but not least: the Endurance Energy Gel, a gel that, as the name suggests, is primarily aimed at the long-term release of energy and is therefore perfectly suited for endurance sports. With this gel there is no mention of the presence of caffeine, guarana or the like anymore, but there are citrates and electrolytes. These ensure that the athlete suffers as little as possible from loss of moisture during exercise because they retain moisture. The Endurance exists in 4 flavors: lime, banana, cappuccino and cola - the latter being our personal recommendation.