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Anyone have stomach problems from Cytomax?(16 posts)

Anyone have stomach problems from Cytomax?Len J
Sep 10, 2001 9:16 AM
Did the Baltimore Bike club Civil War Century on Saturday and after refilling my Camelback at the 28 mile rest stop with Cytomax began having stomach problems. Tried diluting it at the second rest stop with a small improvement. Went to Water at the last rest stop & ended up vomitting several times from mile 85 to 105. Finished, but can't say it was the most enjoyable ride I've ever had.

Anyone else have problems with Cytomax?

Which Flavor?grzy
Sep 10, 2001 9:30 AM
Used to be OK with the old Tangy Orange, then they switched to Creamy Orange when Champion Nutrition sold the brand to CytoSports. The stuff was awful. Then they switched back to more of a Tangy Orange, but it's still not the same. The Tropical Fruit Punch made a LOT of people ill on the Death Ride a few years ago. I no longer use this _junk_. Some buds have always had problems with Cytomax and prefer Gatorade. Personally my body can't handle Gaotrade. It all comes down to differences in our bodies. I do know that If you mix Cytomax too strong it will pretty much make you sick. It's best to figure out what works for you on your training rides, then pack ziplock baggies of your own fuel and use only this on long organized rides.

I've found that Revenge R4 is much better for me.
Which Flavor?Len J
Sep 10, 2001 9:35 AM
Some kind of orange (at least thats what color it dyes my camelback bladder).

Good advice on packing your own, this is the first time I've ever had a problem. Gatorade works great for me.


big timeDog
Sep 10, 2001 9:49 AM
Cytomax makes me feel like I want to puke during a long ride. I'd rather use plain water or Gatorade, which gives me no problems. All the scientific fancy chemisty in the world won't do any good if the stuff makes you feel sick.

no problems with any flavor but prefer citrus(nm)rs
Sep 10, 2001 9:51 AM
Interesting (Comments about AllSport)Kristin
Sep 10, 2001 10:06 AM
This is an interesting thread. I've been thinking about trying Cytomax, but I'm nervous about the who puking thing. I'm going for the world record on not hurling--23 years and counting. I don't want to screw up my goals. :-)

Up till recently I was drinking All Sport. Then I discovered it can spoil in the fridge. Two weeks ago I rode the first 12 miles ready to hurl. I poured it out, drank water, ate a rice krispy treat and felt better. Won't use the stuff again.

Has anyone found that eating bread, saltines or cereal helps you feel better after Cytomax nausia?
I like Cytomaxpmf1
Sep 10, 2001 10:19 AM
Its worked well for me over the years and I do believe that it reduces muscle soreness the next day. Give it a try. And I do agree with GRZ that the orange used to be great, but then was reformulated and tastes terrible. Like a bad diet drink. I like the fruit punch or lemon lime. Mix it weak to start off with. Allsport is not a very good sports drink. Its mostly corn syrup and slightly carbonated. Sports drinks, like energy bars work for some, but not for others. You just have to experiment.
Miss M turned me on...MB1
Sep 10, 2001 10:34 AM
to Pretzel bits. A nice size for riding with just a little bit of salt. Really absorbes some of that excess acid in the stomach. Saltines have worked pretty good but tend to crush in your bag or pockets.

The deal for any food or drink is to try it before a big event and bring some of you own just in case.
Never had this problem before.......Len J
Sep 10, 2001 10:39 AM
although I have never been to an event that had Cytomax at all the rest stops.

Lesson has been learned though. Hopefully I'll be more prepared next time

Other than that, how was the ride? nmMB1
Sep 10, 2001 10:45 AM
Outside of the nausau........Len J
Sep 10, 2001 10:55 AM
I think I would have really enjoyed the ride.

4 major climbs of around 1,200 ft each (Plus one additional of 1,000 ft caused by a wrong turn (see below)) plus many couple of 100 ft climbs through some beautiful country. There were probably 500 people total although there were 25, 50, 75 & 100 mile options, so I'm not sure how many people did each.

The route that we followed had markings for at least 5 different previous rides so following the route that we were supposed to became quite an adventure. From a Que sheet that specified a ride of 103.5, we managed to ride about 107.5 due to wrong turns.

For a flatlander, (Highest point in the couty I live in is a bridge over the Choptank river (50 ft)) I felt pretty good climbing. All those Mountains in Alaska helped.

The other attraction of the ride was the fact that we rode through three different civil war battlefields including gettysburg. It was kind of cool, although some of the tourists did give us some pretty strange looks.

All in all, I would recommend the ride for next year, just stay away from the cytomax.

re: Anyone have stomach problems from Cytomax?badabill
Sep 10, 2001 10:14 AM
Have not had any problems with cytomax, prefer citrus flavor. Usually drink one bottle of water for each bottle of cytomax. Many of my ride partners have gone to extran. Its loaded with carbs, I plan to give it a try soon.
Sep 10, 2001 10:15 AM
if I'm not pushing hard.
Other uses for Cytomax?Tig
Sep 10, 2001 10:44 AM
Chain degreaser? Bottle stain? LOL

I've never thrown up in all my years of cycling until I used the peach Cytomax a few months ago. I'd take a few sips, followed by a few sip of just water. I deluted it to 50% less the next ride and... you guessed it, threw up anyway. Even though Gatoraid doesn't have all the cool lactic acid reducing chemistry, at least I can stomach it every time.

I think the secret to the stuff is to drink it as a recovery drink. It works great for that. Besides, I won't have to toss the rest of the can out!
Cut the recommended strength in half when ridingzelig
Sep 10, 2001 11:08 AM
I've used it for over 10 years without problems. However, when in my bottles, I mix it according to the instructions and then cut it in half in the bottles. Back at home after riding, I'll take it full strength. As people have noted, some of these drinks at full strength are just a bit too much for the stomach when you've been riding a bit.

Hey, in the 70's I used to use ERG. Any runner or biker from that era knows what really bad stuff tastes like. That too, was cut in half when riding.

On long hot rides I've been drinking some of the premade drinks of squeezed fruit, again cut a bit with water, and they've been both refreshing and seemingly able to give a bit of extra energy.

Of course, there's always plain water and a bunch of gel packets.
cytomax versus gatorade versus powerade (yech! powerade!)Spiritual Haiku
Sep 10, 2001 11:46 AM
bought a handful of cytomax single-serve packets in assorted flavors from nashbar, used 'em on rides 50+ for a few weeks, let my gatorade powder go unrefilled. besides being more expensive and the fact that i couldn't find even one flavor that didn't make me cringe (though the tropical fruit was borderline), i can't see any benefit over gatorade.

in fact, i had some weak feelings after depending upon the cytomax, and no such problems after returning to good ol' lime gatorade. and, it's cheaper, too!

after reading here and research and before my longer organized rides this year, i picked up some "snack" sized zipper-seal plastic baggies from the grocery and put two scoops per baggie of gatorade. when my bottles become empty i dump 1/2 baggie into one (24 oz bottles) and refill the water portion at SAGs.

the long and short cycling events i've done this year, as well as the fun runs (5-8k) i've done the last couple years, all supplied powerade at the SAGs and stops. this stuff makes me sick just smelling it--turns my stomach UPSIDE DOWN. not that i've become nauseous, but more than a sip or two and i'm sure it'd be technicolor yawn time. too bad, since they seem to have that (crap) at every event 'round here.

good luck!