Did some searching but was not sure where to put this. I have been experimenting with the Torq gels that some of my teammates got our LBS to stock. Cheaper than the maurten gels but still almost 2x regular (hammer, etc) gels.
For ME – they work better. Easier to down during hard efforts and don’t require the large drink immediately afterwards. Soon, I need to drink – about the same as when I tried SIS (Science in Sport).
Torq advertises on their package that they are doing the 2:1 ratio that @Nate has talked about (2 Maltodextrin: 1 Fructose) and has 30g of CHO in each one. Their website talks about doing 2-3 Torq units (1 unit = 30 grams CHO) per hour) via a mix of their offerings.
I was going to do 3 on the 90 minute ride portion yesterday and lost one somewhere. Was handed a traditional gel at an aid station and it did not go into my system nearly as well.
Part of me wants to keep this quiet – and part of me wants to shout it out!