Review: Classified Nutrition eschews marketing for science, lets you customize the mix

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classified nutrition sports and recovery drink mix review

There’s a lot of marketing hype behind supplements. Fortunately for us cyclists, things seem to be heading in the right direction, where simpler formulas and more whole-food ingredients seem to be getting more use. Compare that to the bodybuilding supplement market and we’re a bunch of clean eatin’ athletes. And it’s with that simplicity in mind that I sought out samples from Classified Nutrition. They break it down even further, shipping their before, during and after sport formulas without flavors or sweeteners, letting you choose from their options to give it the taste and intensity you like. It’s not a perfect system, but you don’t actually need to use any of the flavorings, either.

The other interesting facet is their ingredient selection, particularly for refueling during exercise, and their almost-no-calorie recovery option.

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There’s a lot of marketing hype behind supplements. Fortunately for us cyclists, things seem to be heading in the right direction, where simpler formulas and more whole-food ingredients seem to be getting more use. Compare that to the bodybuilding supplement market and we’re a bunch of clean eatin’ athletes. And it’s with that simplicity in […]

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Chai and Catch Me takes off as new flavor for Picky Bars

Known for their clever names and their pursuit of bars that balance performance with real food, Picky Bars has a new flavor to add to the mix. Chai and Catch Me is a creative take on chai that features hazelnut and almond butter, maple, vanilla, and a number of spices that give a chai-like pop of flavor. They also hope to emulate the same health benefits of the spicy beverage including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive boosts. As always, the bar is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and GMO free while adhering to their 4:1 carb to protein ratio for optimum performance. Fun fact – the Picky Bars wrappers feature fan photos who have used the hashtag #lifepoints, which gained Jess Slaughter a spot on the wrapper as she runs up North Sister in the Cascade mountain range.

Along with a clever name, the crew at Picky Bars also came up with a fun little video that puts the “Chai” in Chai and Catch Me…

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Known for their clever names and their pursuit of bars that balance performance with real food, Picky Bars has a new flavor to add to the mix. Chai and Catch Me is a creative take on chai that features hazelnut and almond butter, maple, vanilla, and a number of spices that give a chai-like pop […]

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Osmo now shipping product, celebrates with revealing video featuring Peter Sagan

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Late last year, the Peter Sagan Gran Fondo served as a fundraiser for the American Boys and Girls Club, and a chance for cyclists to ride with one of the heroes of the pro peloton. But it also was the returning point for Osmo nutrition as they announced that they were back in business with co-founder Ben Capron now functioning as the CEO. The other big news was their sponsorship of Peter Sagan who credits part of his success to Osmo’s ability to keep him from cramping.

Now with product shipping from the Osmo site, and retailers getting in product as we speak, Osmo put together a little product overview. The video highlights the three products in a way that only Sagan can…

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Late last year, the Peter Sagan Gran Fondo served as a fundraiser for the American Boys and Girls Club, and a chance for cyclists to ride with one of the heroes of the pro peloton. But it also was the returning point for Osmo nutrition as they announced that they were back in business with […]

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GU lines up new packaging for their Energy Chews

Many people, myself included love GU’s Energy Chews (formerly known as Chomps). What they didn’t love was the packaging. By placing a number of chews inside of a large plastic bag, they tended to stick together and could be a challenge to get out of the package while riding. Now, GU is offering similar packaging to other energy brands like the Clif Bloks with all of the Chews lined up in a row. However, GU is offering them either in single serving pouches with four Chews, or in the new double serving sleeves with eight chews so you can choose based on the duration of your ride. There are also some environmental benefits from the packaging now that they can be recycled through the TerraCycle program.

Tear into the details with Gu’s Yuri Hauswald next…

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Many people, myself included love GU’s Energy Chews (formerly known as Chomps). What they didn’t love was the packaging. By placing a number of chews inside of a large plastic bag, they tended to stick together and could be a challenge to get out of the package while riding. Now, GU is offering similar packaging to […]

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CLIF gets creative with new BLOKS flavors, adds Whey Protein and Peanut Butter Banana Dark Chocolate bars

If you’re tired of the same old flavors of energy food, CLIF might have a solution. Adding to an expansive list of products and flavors, CLIF will soon be offering three new flavors of their BLOKS energy chews. While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Salted Watermelon, the addition of Ginger Ale and Spearmint flavors certainly caught our attention. Ginger is known to calm upset stomachs, so perhaps a non-carbonated form of ginger ale in an energy chew might have a similar effect thanks to the use of actual ginger oil. In a similar but different approach, the Spearmint flavor is said to be inspired by recent research that has shown daily intake of peppermint oil may improve athletic performance. Though the Spearmint BLOKS contain spearmint oil rather than peppermint, even if they don’t increase performance on account of the mint, they’ll at least keep you going with carbs, and electrolytes…

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If you’re tired of the same old flavors of energy food, CLIF might have a solution. Adding to an expansive list of products and flavors, CLIF will soon be offering three new flavors of their BLOKS energy chews. While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Salted Watermelon, the addition of Ginger Ale and Spearmint flavors certainly caught […]

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Recovery Beer? à Bloc brings friends, bikes and beer together around the world

photo c. à Bloc

Beer…  Bikes… Buds… Other than starting with the same letter, to many, they relate to one-another. I’m not unfamiliar with lone ranger rides, but I prefer to ride with friends. After riding, I enjoy a cold beer to relax and “recover”. à Bloc is focusing on the connection between bikes, beer, and buds with their Bicycle Beer and they hope to become a go to for suds seeking riders. They’ve partnered up with a handful of breweries striving to take their beer around the world…

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Beer…  Bikes… Buds… Other than starting with the same letter, to many, they relate to one-another. I’m not unfamiliar with lone ranger rides, but I prefer to ride with friends. After riding, I enjoy a cold beer to relax and “recover”. à Bloc is focusing on the connection between bikes, beer, and buds with their Bicycle […]

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Honey Stinger Holiday Variety Pack buzzes into REI just in time

honey stinger holiday variety pack at REI

Filed under “absolute last minute”, we just found out about Honey Stinger’s Holiday Variety Pack, which appears to be an REI exclusive item. For $10, you get two organic waffles, two organic energy chews and two energy gels. There’s the regular version and the gluten free version, each with six total different flavors. It’s a little late for online ordering, but a quick search of REI stores in our area all showed them in stock.



Filed under “absolute last minute”, we just found out about Honey Stinger’s Holiday Variety Pack, which appears to be an REI exclusive item. For $10, you get two organic waffles, two organic energy chews and two energy gels. There’s the regular version and the gluten free version, each with six total different flavors. It’s a […]

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Clif Bar adds Whey Protein Bars for soy-free recovery

Clif Bar Whey Protein all-natural recovery bars

As much as I love Clif Bar as a company and their new nut butter filled bars, their Builders protein bars have never worked for me. Largely soy based, they simply didn’t get along with my stomach. Now, they’re offering a new Whey Protein Bar that combines whey protein concentrate and isolate with a small amount of pea and brown rice proteins, nut butters, rolled oats and just a little sugar.

Three flavors will be offered – Salted Caramel Cashew, Coconut Almond Chocolate, and Peanut Butter & Chocolate. All three have 14g of protein and just 5g of sugar, with no sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. And all ingredients are non-GMO, too…

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As much as I love Clif Bar as a company and their new nut butter filled bars, their Builders protein bars have never worked for me. Largely soy based, they simply didn’t get along with my stomach. Now, they’re offering a new Whey Protein Bar that combines whey protein concentrate and isolate with a small […]

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Picky Bars packs The Whole Shebang with every flavor so the indecisive don’t have to choose

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Based out of Oregon, Picky Bars has built a reputation on offering delicious, high quality nutrition bars that focus on a 4:1 carb to protein ratio. The result of a collaboration between three pro atheletes, Jesse Thomas, Lauren Fleshman, and Steph Bruce, all of the Picky Bar flavors are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, GMO free, and use as many organic ingredients as possible. They also taste pretty great, which is always important when talking energy bars.

The bars check a lot of boxes, so which flavor should you pick? Rather than having to buy every single flavor individually to find your favorite, Picky Bars has a new option this holiday season. Called The Whole Shebang, this new 10 bar pack will give you a chance to try every flavor so you can re-up with your favorites for the coming season…

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Based out of Oregon, Picky Bars has built a reputation on offering delicious, high quality nutrition bars that focus on a 4:1 carb to protein ratio. The result of a collaboration between three pro atheletes, Jesse Thomas, Lauren Fleshman, and Steph Bruce, all of the Picky Bar flavors are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, […]

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