Atlanta — Over the past months, Type Type 1 and Hammer Nutrition have been developing a nutritional strategy to support Team Type 1 and Team Type 2 in races from the Amgen Tour of California to the legendary Race Across America.
The partnership between Team Type 1 and Hammer Nutrition is a result of Hammer Nutrition’s research into the needs of the human body in extreme physical conditions, especially with athletes with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. During the 2010 season Team Type 1 and Team Type 2 have been using Hammer Bars, Hammer Gel and HEED for nutrition and energy during races. This relationship goes back to 2006 when Hammer Nutrition was the first nutrition sponsor of Team Type 1 for Race Across America.
Hammer Bars are a healthy food that contains no refined sugar, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Instead, each Hammer Bar is made with healthy, energy-producing organic ingredients. Hammer Gels are a rapidly absorbed and assimilated source of complex carbohydrates that contain two sources of carbohydrates: a specific maltodextrin that allows for maximal conversion to energy, and Energy Smart™ which rapidly raises blood glucose. HEED is an all-complex carbohydrate sports drink that provides an ideal amount of calories and a consistent, long lasting energy supply.
“As an athlete, and more importantly as an athlete with Type 1 diabetes,” notes Team Type 1 Founder and CEO, Phil Southerland, “the fuel we put in our bodies is critical for our performance. The long-acting, sustained formulation in Hammer Nutrition’s products is a requirement for all our teams’ performance on the bike. Hammer Nutrition has been a reliable resource in getting us through RAAM and the Amgen Tour of California.”
Thomas Rabou, who won the coveted King of the Mountains jersey at the Amgen Tour of California, notes that “at the beginning of the race, I ate as much solid food as possible. The Hammer Bars were the best solution for this. The further we got into the race, I start taking in more and more gels. The Hammer Gels gave me energy very fast.”
“The queen stage of the Tour of California was Stage Six—a stage with seven KOMs, 12,000 feet of climbing at altitude and around 135 miles long. This stage definitely required the most energy out of my body, “ says Rabou. “The length of the stage in combination with the heat that day made it a big Hammer day! I lost counting, but I am sure I had a lot of Hammer bars and gels!”
Shawn Milne of the Team Type 1 Professional Men’s team recently competed in one of the United State’s most prestigious races, the TD Bank Invitational in Philadelphia. Hammer Nutrition’s Hammer Gels were a key part to Milne’s strong showing. “When it became too hot to consume and digest anything complex at the TD Bank Invitational, I was able to keep the calorie intake high in the 6th hour of racing thanks to Hammer Nutrion’s Gels. Without them I wouldn’t have had such a strong finish after 156 miles of racing.”
Milne’s Slovenian teammate, Aldo Ino Ilesic, is a fan of all of Hammer Nutrition’s products. “I really like the Hammer Gels and Heed. All of the products absorb and digest easily. They are a great supplement for endurance athletes. Plus, the variety of flavors helped me from getting tired of the same thing every day, especially during stage races.”