Best Cycling Bike Gifts: Nutrition

Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the RoadBikeReview 2011 Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.

Nutritional gift ideas - This year, both Clif and Gu are offering special seasonal flavors for the cyclists in your life. Clif is offering three festive flavors: Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread and a brand new flavor, Peppermint Stick! Gu also will be offering a Peppermint Stick flavor in gel form.

We also thought we’d suggest Honey Stinger Waffles, for times when you simply need something different than an energy bar or gel. They’ve been a staff favorite for some time now on our rides.


Clif Bar Seasonal Flavors

It’s the first bar Clif made, and it’s still everything they’re about. Whole, organic ingredients. Performance nutrition. And great taste. Whether you’re on a 150-mile bike ride or exploring a new trail, this energy bar is built to sustain your adventure.

Iced Gingerbread is an indulgent spicy ginger treat for the holidays. Spiced Pumpkin Pie is all the goodness of pumpkin pie, wrapped up and ready for your pack. And Pepermint Stick is a twist on the classic winter treat you know and love, but easier on the teeth.

Key Features:
- Good source of protein and fiber
- 23 vitamins and minerals
- No Trans Fats

MSRP: $16.99 – 12 pack

Website: http://www.clifbar.com/

Gu Limited Release Peppermint Flavor

Meet your new winter training partner! Gu is excited to welcome new Peppermint Stick GU to the holiday party. All the goodness of the original GU with a refreshing minty twist – try it for your next workout or grab an 8 pack for the stocking of your favorite athlete. Available only for a limited time.

Key Features:
100 calories in the form of a patented carbohydrate blend (70-80% maltodextrin and 30-20% fructose) to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. GU also includes electrolytes to ensure proper hydration, an antioxidant blend to stave off muscle tissue damage and an amino acid blend to delay muscle fatigue.

MSRP: $10.80 – 8 pack

Website: http://www.guenergy.com/

Honey Stinger Waffles

This great alternative for nutrition on the bike now comes in three different flavors. Original honey, vanilla, and the latest – strawberry. A reasonable low calorie snack on the bike, or off it, we hear it goes great with a cup of coffee or tea, they’re also certified organic.

Key Features:
- No trans fats
- Certified USDA organic
- 160 calories

MSRP: $22.24 – 16 pack

Website: http://www.honeystinger.com/



About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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