The best energy gels and chews for cycling

A selection of our favourite mid-ride fuels

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When you’re pushing your body to the limits, you need to keep your fuel levels up. While a sandwich and piece of cake can do the job, and in a very pleasant manner, sometimes that’s just not efficient enough.

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An energy gel or chew is a very quick and simple way to get a load of easy to digest energy straight into your system.

We’ve been consuming gels and chews from a range of companies to find out which one gives the most palatable of energy hits.

The best energy gels for cycling, as rated by our expert testers

  • High5 Energy Gel Aqua: £1.25
  • OTE Apple Energy Gel: £1.40
  • SiS Go Isotonic Energy Gel: £1.40
  • Skratch Energy Chews: £2.20
  • Aptonia Long Distance Energy Gel: £1.24
  • Torq Caramel Latte Gel: £1.85

High5 Energy Gel Aqua

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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Glucose, maltodextrin and fruit juice combine to give a surprisingly natural berry flavour.
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Glucose, maltodextrin and fruit juice combine to give a surprisingly natural berry flavour while the gel’s thin texture – the ‘aqua’ refers to its near-liquid consistency – makes it very easy to swallow.

It’s suitable for vegans and High5 has a policy of never using World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)-banned substances, so it can provide batch-tested products and it contains no likely allergens.

  • Weight: 66g
  • Calories: 95kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 23g
  • Sugars: 3.3g
  • Price: £1.25

OTE Apple Energy Gel

4.0 out of 5 star rating
The best energy gels and chews for cycling
This vegan product is one of the most natural-tasting gels we’ve sampled.
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Do you like apple sauce? This resembles the pork-accompanying condiment with a slight sweetness to it and a thinnish texture that’s easy to swallow and digest, though make sure you don’t spill it.

This vegan product is one of the most natural-tasting gels we’ve sampled and you’ll get enough energy for 20 minutes of exercise from the maltodextrin and concentrated fruit juice ingredients.

  • Weight: 56g
  • Calories: 84kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 20.5g
  • Sugars: 6.1g
  • Price: £1.40

SiS Go Isotonic Energy Gel

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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SIS Go gel is both lactose and gluten-free, and suitable for vegans.
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This gel from one of sport nutrition’s best-known names is based around maltodextrin and is not only isotonic but contains no nuts, wheat or soya and is both lactose- and gluten-free, and suitable for vegans.

A light texture, not-too-sweet taste, widespread availability and a good price – especially when bought in bulk – rounds out an excellent gel. The fruit salad flavour’s super-tasty, too!

  • Volume: 60ml
  • Calories: 87kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 22g
  • Sugars: 0.6g
  • Price: £1.40

Skratch Labs Energy Chews

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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Natural tasting gluten-free chews that are also suitable for vegans.
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Gels aren’t the only way to go for an on-the-move belt of instant energy with Skratch’s natural-tasting, USA-made chews being another option.

Similar to fruit pastilles, these take longer to consume but they’re mess free and allow you to spread your energy intake. These vegan, gluten-free chews may look expensive, but each bag contains 10 chews, which equals two servings.

  • Weight: 50g
  • Calories: 160kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Sugars: 28g
  • Price: £2.20

Aptonia Long Distance Energy Gel

3.5 out of 5 star rating
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Available in different versions and various flavours.
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Decathlon’s Aptonia French-made gel is batch tested, which makes it suitable for competitive athletes. Available in different versions and various flavours, the long-distance lemon sachet is enough for 45 minutes and comes in at under £1 for a pack of 12.

It’s not that sweet, is easily digested and contains vitamins B6, B12 and 20g of caffeine; though it may also contain traces of fish or milk.

  • Weight: 32g
  • Calories: 88kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 22g
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Price: £1.24

Torq Caramel Latte Gel

3.0 out of 5 star rating
Best energy gels and chews
It has a real coffee taste, but the maltodextrin and glucose syrup stops it from becoming too bitter.
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Warning: ‘contains high levels of caffeine’ it says on the wrapper, and it also packs a hefty calorie hit and guarana for even more stimulation.

It has a real coffee taste, but the maltodextrin and glucose syrup stops it from becoming too bitter. It’s also one of the thicker gels here, with a texture that feels like a gloopy milkshake – though thankfully, it’s not too much to swallow.

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  • Weight: 45g
  • Calories: 114kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 28.6g
  • Sugars: 10.5g
  • Price: £1.85