We’ve always been fans of SiS GO gels, the drinkable isotonic energy pouches. This new high-tech formula shares the same easygoing consistency and is designed to be a dietary supplement rather than an energy-delivery product (there are just 34kcal per portion).
Since researchers first found a clear link between consumption of nitrates and endurance performance a couple of years ago, a few companies have launched products aiming to satisfy the new market for this magic ingredient. Taste can be a problem, though, and unfortunately the GO+ suffers on that front.
We used it as instructed, taking the gels for four days before a big ride. The riding itself felt easier, though improved spring fitness could have been as much a factor as the nitrates.
However, no matter how quickly we downed the gels, or mixed them with juice (as suggested), the difficult taste meant we would need a very special event to warrant taking these again.