Found: Tasty energy and recovery treats from Picky Bars, Ascent, BeetElite & SmashPack

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Picky Bars are among our favorites thanks to their whole food ingredients and awesome flavors. At Sea Otter’s smorgasbord of new energy foods, this one wasn’t quite ready, but we did get to sample it’s unique take on a bar flavor. Blending a little bit of savory and spicy in with the usual sweet, the Picky Bar Moroccan Your World mixes turmeric with cardamom, ginger and pistachios to give it a Moroccan inspired flavor. Other main ingredients are dates, almond butter, sprouted rice protein, agave nectar, honey, brown rice crisps and sunflower butter. Most are organic, all are gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free.

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Picky Bars are among our favorites thanks to their whole food ingredients and awesome flavors. At Sea Otter’s smorgasbord of new energy foods, this one wasn’t quite ready, but we did get to sample it’s unique take on a bar flavor. Blending a little bit of savory and spicy in with the usual sweet, the […]

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Review: HotShot resets your nerve-to-muscle communication to prevent cramps

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Perhaps you’ve seen the ads for #ITSTHENERVE floating around Facebook, and perhaps you’ve even clicked on them only to find a tease of information about something coming. Well, this is it, and now it’s here.

HotShot is a blend of organic ingredients that “fix” cramps by focusing on the nerves, not the muscles. Founder Dr. Rod MacKinnon and friend, Dr. Bruce Bean, started researching the phenomenon after suffering arm-stopping cramps while sea kayaking. What they claim to have found is that cramps start in the nerves regardless of hydration or effort intensity. The next step was to find a way to stop them…

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Perhaps you’ve seen the ads for #ITSTHENERVE floating around Facebook, and perhaps you’ve even clicked on them only to find a tease of information about something coming. Well, this is it, and now it’s here. HotShot is a blend of organic ingredients that “fix” cramps by focusing on the nerves, not the muscles. Founder Dr. […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Win a trip to the Chilcotins & a Norco Optic trail bike with the #AdventureBeginsHere contest – Share an original photo that captures what #AdventureBeginsHere means to you for a chance to win an amazing mountain bike getaway in British Columbia’s Chilcotin backcountry, plus a new Norco Optic trail bike. You’ll float plane in to the wilderness from Whistler to spend three days in Tyax Adventures’ backcountry camps with a guide and all meals provided. Need we say more?! To Enter follow @norcobicycles on Instagram or Twitter, AND post an original photo that captures what “Adventure Begins Here” means to you until May 23. Tag it with #AdventureBeginsHere, mention @NorcoBicycles in your caption, and sit back and wait for that sweet prize! Norco.com/AdventureBeginsHere

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Win a trip to the Chilcotins & a Norco Optic trail bike with the #AdventureBeginsHere contest – Share an original photo that captures what #AdventureBeginsHere means to you for a chance to win an amazing mountain bike getaway in British Columbia’s Chilcotin backcountry, plus a new Norco Optic trail bike. You’ll float plane in to the wilderness from Whistler to spend […]

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Get an Endurox / Accelerade sports drink sampler pack for $3.99

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Remember Endurox? After missing them for years (even though they hadn’t really gone anywhere), we spotted some new products from parent company Pacific Health Labs at Interbike last fall. Now, they’re giving you the chance to try the full suite of sports nutrition products they offer for just $3.99, including shipping.

Hit this link to give it a whirl and you’ll get two servings each of Accelerade and Endurox R4, plus one each of the Accel Gel and 2nd Surge caffeinated energy gel. They’ll also throw in their Performance Nutrition Handbook for a little, um, light reading. Limit two per customer, flavors are randomly selected.



Remember Endurox? After missing them for years (even though they hadn’t really gone anywhere), we spotted some new products from parent company Pacific Health Labs at Interbike last fall. Now, they’re giving you the chance to try the full suite of sports nutrition products they offer for just $3.99, including shipping. Hit this link to […]

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SOC16: Tasty new treats from Honey Stinger, Ryno, Untapped, GU, Bonk Breaker, Clif & more!

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Fueling our mad dash through four days of Sea Otter is often left to breakfast burritos, dinner burritos, and tacos after hours. The in between time is usually covered by whatever snacks are chopped into bite-size samples (or the occasional piece of fruit, tri-tip, sausage or chicken salad from kind folks like Hayes, KS, Bike Fettis & SRAM – thanks guys!).

Of course, all those samples aren’t just there out of these nutrition companies’ kindness, they’re there to show off the latest, tastiest ways to keep your rides going full steam. Easily the most memorable of the bunch this year was Clif Bar’s new Nut Butter Filled bars. Imagine a Chocolate Brownie bar sliced in half and filled with peanut butter and you get the idea. They’ll have four versions – Peanut Butter, Coconut Almond Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, and the absolutely amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter. Dear Clif, please go ahead and send a couple cases of these in for, um, review.

No nuts for you? Check out the growing buffet of delicious new bars, drinks and waffles (lots of waffles) below…

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Fueling our mad dash through four days of Sea Otter is often left to breakfast burritos, dinner burritos, and tacos after hours. The in between time is usually covered by whatever snacks are chopped into bite-size samples (or the occasional piece of fruit, tri-tip, sausage or chicken salad from kind folks like Hayes, KS, Bike […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Fuel up for a long day on the bike with The Feed – For a limited time now in April, online sports nutrition specialists The Feed are offering a free April Fuel Kit on top of any order place over 20 bucks. The special reward package includes 5 different products to let you sample some things you might not otherwise have tried and has a $12 value. The Feed offers goodies from the well-known names like Clif, Honey Stinger, Larabar, Osmo, Powerbar, Skratch, plus many others that offer just about anything an athlete could imagine. TheFeed.com

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Fuel up for a long day on the bike with The Feed – For a limited time now in April, online sports nutrition specialists The Feed are offering a free April Fuel Kit on top of any order place over 20 bucks. The special reward package includes 5 different products to let you sample some things you […]

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Fluid adds vegan cinnamon vanilla recovery drink & bulk packaging

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Fluid, which started out as a recovery drink brand before adding sports hydration drinks for use during riding, has just added a vegan Cinnamon Vanilla recovery drink using non-GMO pea protein.

It provides 10g protein in a 3:1 carb to protein ratio, plus 3G of L-Glutamine. Other ingredients include Cane Sugar, Maltodextrin (from corn), Natural Vanilla flavor, Ground Cinnamon, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan gum, and Stevia Extract. It’s dairy, soy and gluten free.

Retail is $31.95 for a 16 serving tub. While this new flavor isn’t available in their new 40-serving bulk bags, other recovery flavors are for $69.95. Their sports drink comes in 54-serving bags for $42.95.



Fluid, which started out as a recovery drink brand before adding sports hydration drinks for use during riding, has just added a vegan Cinnamon Vanilla recovery drink using non-GMO pea protein. It provides 10g protein in a 3:1 carb to protein ratio, plus 3G of L-Glutamine. Other ingredients include Cane Sugar, Maltodextrin (from corn), Natural […]

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Gluten Free Honey Stinger Waffles and Protein Chews are now a thing, Clif Bar squeezes into Oatmeal

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If you’re one of the few who have to eat a gluten free diet due to health reasons, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that with every story posted to facebook, it gets harder for people to take your dietary needs seriously. The good news though, is that there are more options than ever for things you can actually eat.

Since their introduction, Honey Stinger waffles have been a continuous hit. Starting with a single flavor, Honey Stinger expanded to include even more delicious varieties. This time, it’s not just that there are new flavors, but that they can now offer a waffle (or three) that is gluten free…

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If you’re one of the few who have to eat a gluten free diet due to health reasons, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that with every story posted to facebook, it gets harder for people to take your dietary needs seriously. The good news though, is that there are more options […]

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Skratch Labs Goes Family Style with new Feed Zone Table Cookbook, plus free cookies!

 

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Even though my grandmother had more cookbooks than the local library, I always thought with the advent of the internet, food instructions in book form would slowly fade away. The Skratch Labs series has made it so that isn’t completely true. I’m still not filling my house with cookbooks, but when Skratch Labs puts out a new book, I’m all ears eyes. Adding to the current repertoire of the Feed Zone, and the Feed Zone Portables, the newest compilation brings together family and friends for bigger meals that still include real food and good nutrition. Plus, if you preorder the book, you’ll get a free batch of cookie mix…

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  Even though my grandmother had more cookbooks than the local library, I always thought with the advent of the internet, food instructions in book form would slowly fade away. The Skratch Labs series has made it so that isn’t completely true. I’m still not filling my house with cookbooks, but when Skratch Labs puts […]

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