On Sunday, after 21 days of riding his bike through the French countryside, over the cobbles leading to Roubaix and up Pyrenees Cols, Geraint Thomas rode across the finish line on Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élyseés to earn the overall win in the Tour de France, the most distinguished race in cycling. In the final stage of the race, Thomas rode the traditional yellow jersey while atop a ceremonial Pinarello Dogma F10 X-Light, and there’s a good chance that inside his belly was a new athletic fuel by Science in Sport called Beta Fuel.
Science in Sport (SiS for short) has been working with Team Sky since the 2016 season. Team Sky is the most well-funded cycling team in the world, and Thomas and other illustrious riders including Chris Froome are members. Beta Fuel is its latest product. It’s a drink mix that combines glucose and fructose in a two-to-one ratio to create an isotonic solution that provides as much energy as possible while minimizing gastrointestinal distress, an all-too-common issue for endurance athletes. The drink, which provides 80 grams of carbohydrates in 500 milliliters of fluid, has been tested by professional athletes since summer 2017, and Thomas’ Tour de France win is another example of its success among pro riders competing in the most notable races around the world.
You don’t have to be a pro to get Beta Fuel though, as it’s now available to the public. The mix is available in orange and lemon-lime flavors, but don’t think that this is your Gatorade alternative — Beta Fuel is recommended for use during training sessions of two and a half hours or more.
Note: Science in Sport Beta Fuel drink mix will be available in the US on September 7, 2018.
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