We are proud to announce we are now stockists of OTE sports nutrition products. To celebrate, this week we had our official launch with members of V.C.Bradford. Nutrition is directly linked to your performance on the bike and to explain more we were joined by OTE’s Sports Nutritionist Annie Simpson and OTE’s Sales Manager Jack Clarkson. Both Annie and Jack compete in cyclo-cross races to a high level and they exclusively use OTE’s sports nutrition line to enhance their performance.
As a Sports Nutritionist Annie spent some time explaining the importance of optimised nutrition through a healthy diet. She also shared how you can effectively use OTE’s nutrition products, the most optimum times to use the various products and why we should use them. OTE offer energy gels and energy drinks which are ideal to use during your ride. They have hydro tabs which are great to use while riding and at your cafe stop as they help to replace the electrolytes you lose when you sweat. Annie also recommended using the hydro tabs before competition to ensure you are fully hydrated before you ride. It is important to drink before you get thirsty – Everyone has different hydration levels and it’s important to understand your own body and what works best for you. Annie explained, it’s not just about what you eat the day of a cycle race or sportive, it’s ensuring your nutrition is good and you are eating whole foods regularly for weeks and months leading up to your event to ensure your body is working at its optimum level.
After Annie’s talk which was really informative it was time for the taste tests! OTE kindly brought some samples for our members to try. We sampled the energy drinks, gels, protein drink, anytime bars and the brand new protein bar!
What we like about the OTE products is they are ph neutral which means they are the same ph as water – To get these levels there are not loads of added sweeteners meaning none of the products are too sweet, something we have found with other products in the past. The energy drinks were certainly not too sweet for our taste, Among others, we sampled the vanilla flavour which is unusual for a energy drink, the verdict was mixed – You’ll have to try for yourself to see what you think! The gels are also pleasant with a good consistency, the way the packaging is designed means you can open them and have a small amount then put back in your pocket without them leaking or you can have the gel in full. The protein recovery drink is available in whey and soy varieties, we tasted the chocolate soy and it was very enjoyable.
Finally came the bars which everyone agreed where all delicious. The anytime bars are like a flapjack and a healthier snack on or off the bike, both the banana and caramel flavours went down well all those who tasted them. The brand new protein bar was another crowd favourite which is a tasty chocolate mint flavour – perfect for after your bike ride!
It was a great evening and we are pleased the OTE products were so well received by everyone! We now have a full stock available at our shop. Flavours include blackcurrant, orange, lemon-lime, pineapple, vanilla and cherry-cola so there is certainly something for everyone.