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Gatorade vs Endurox and etc.,?(10 posts)

Gatorade vs Endurox and etc.,?carnageasada
Jan 10, 2003 5:13 AM
Lately my riding buddies have been harassing me about using gatorade. These are the same witless crayfish who ride lifeless carbon and suggest my aging itailan steel is not up to snuff. However, they have planted seeds in my mind that I thought might be a good idea to throw out to this knowledgeable crowd.
Later this summer I'm hoping to do a race that's basically seven days of centuries stacked on top of each other. On a race this long would Endurox make a difference? I like the taste of gatorade, besides it's cheaper and always seems to keep me going on century rides. Is the Gatorade vs Endurox battle, similar to the steel vs carbon batttle? Giving away a little speed, but gaining better taste?
re: Try it. Energy drinks are like saddles.dzrider
Jan 10, 2003 6:43 AM
No telling who likes what or why. If any one of the many energy drinks tastes ok and makes you feel better drink it.
try Enduroxcyclopathic
Jan 10, 2003 7:17 AM
it has aminos which supposedly help to metabolize fat and help to recover faster. Riding day-to-day centuries for a week requires more then just a century. Also consider using supplement electrolytes.

My supplement diet on 150mi+ rides consist of Cytomax, Endurolytes and maltodextrine, and it successfully revived me from some serious bonks. Cytomax is cheaper (~30$ for 4.5lbs can); just dilute it more 1:2. Suggested ratio is very strong to stomach after 4-6hr of saddle time. Tastewise it's ok /this is from a guy who can't drink gator/

good luck on your ride
Accelerade is a good choice as well........ATLien
Jan 10, 2003 10:36 AM
I used Cytomax successfully throughout last season (several mtb and adventure races) and never had any issues. I've since discovered Accelerade after borrowing some from a riding partner a few weeks ago. It tastes more like a Gatorade-type drink and I feel has superior performance enhancing capabilities.

A bottle of H20/Accelerade, 1 straight H20 bottle and 2-3 PowerGel's are my typical stash for 50-75mi rides.
I like it too.look271
Jan 11, 2003 8:01 AM
Accelerade in 1 bottle and h20 in another, plus I like to use endurolytes from e-caps. Keeps me going a long time. The protein in Accelerade would help with the didtances you are talking about.
re: Gatorade vs Endurox and etc.,?ASiegel993
Jan 10, 2003 4:30 PM
Gatorade is simple sugar. It'll break down quickly, and if you're riding for a long time (such as centuries), then you're gonna need it a lot. other energy drinks (for simplicity's sake, energy drink = accelerade, cytomax, enervit, extran etc. gatorade = gatorade) have proteins and starches in them. Those will break down over a longer period of time and you won't spike and then bonk nearly as much as with a sugar-water drink like Gatorade. Simply put, by the laws of nutrition, the effects of an energy drink will last much longer than the effects of gatorade. Also, since the energy drinks have some protein in them, they help rebuild your muscles. Since these are all in liquid form, they work much faster than if they were in solid form, so you'll experience less muscle fatigue on the bike. Also, Gatorade usually doesn't sit well, esp. for long rides. If you were doing 20 mile rides, I'd say go for water, but since you're doing a lot of riding, the energy drinks are well worth the price. The taste may not be great, but they're good enough. It's worth it if your performance matters (which in your case it does). It's not like Italian Steel v. Carbon... w/ steel v. carbon, they both are great. With Gatorade v. energy drinks, sure you lose some of the metaphorical road feel in the form of taste, but simply put, Gatorade sucks from a nutrition standpoint and is only popular because of advertising and taste. Here's an real bonk-preventer or energy-booster... energy drink powder mixed with Gatorade. That'll give you lots of sugar, but other stuff as well. Plus, I tend to find that orange Gatorade + orange powder tastes better than orange powder + water. That's just opinion though.
I like your mixing gatorade with sports drink idea. Thanks. nmcarnageasada
Jan 10, 2003 5:30 PM
Let's understand thisKerry
Jan 10, 2003 4:45 PM
Are you saying that you plan on riding 7 back to back non-stop centuries while ONLY consuming Gatorade while on the bike? This will not work. You'll need to consume 5000-6000 calories per day, and just drinking Gatorade will only get you around 1000 calories while on the bike. You can't run this kind of deficit in a racing situation, or even in a "fast century" situation. Therefore, you'll need to eat something or at least consume a more dense drink. Also, it's pretty well established that you should consume protein while riding. You don't need to use something like Endurox - you can get your protein from peanut butter, etc. Use what tastes good and works for you, but Gatorade alone will not be enough. Nothing wrong with it, but it won't be enough.
Forgive and/or enlighten me...NC_Jim
Jan 10, 2003 5:26 PM
if I'm wrong, but Endurox is usually used as a post-ride recovery drink. I have known where people will water it down and use it as an energy drink, but I don't think that is its primary use.
You are right.look271
Jan 11, 2003 8:06 AM
Endurox is a post ride/recovery drink. Accelerade is a sort of on bike version of it. I've also found that a good post ride drink can be found at GNC. I also like to use a fruit juice mixed with whey protein as a recovery drink. Add some ice and you've got a smoothie.