I'm often asked is Tailwind Nutrition just for ultramarathon runners of would it be suitable for cyclists. The simple answer is yes as Tailwind was initially developed by cyclists in Colorado, specifically enduro MTB racers who needed fuelling for endurance events.
Prior to a bike accident in 2012 forcing me to switch to ultramarathons I used to spend a lot of time cycling be it training for/racing Ironman events or sportives (up to the 200Km Magnificat)
These were all before I discovered Tailwind Nutrition so no personal experience of long bike rides with Tailwind so I will leave it to others.
Cycling Specific Reviews
Phil Marsh - November 8th, 2017
"Tailwind naked unflavoured"
I have been using tailwind for all my long bike rides and I can say I have not been wanting any bars or gels .
Darren Wooderson - September 26th, 2017
"Can't recommend enough!"
I used the tailwind sticks on the recent Vélo Birmingham. The sticks were just the right size to conveniently fit in my jersey and pop in my bottles when I topped up at a water station.
I was able to sip away at tailwind conveniently where before I would have been faffing around trying to chuck gels down my throat. I didn't experience any hunger or 'bonk' and there was none of the sickness feeling normally associated with gels.
The added bonus was getting the handwritten postcard and the email wishing me good luck on my event, great customer service
Euan Ross - September 8th, 2017
"Won't be going back to gels anytime soon"
I used this exclusively to fuel and hydrate me around a 74mile cycle race. It's my first time trying the product and I found it easy to use and carry, tasted great (particularly Berry) and I never wanted for energy or power to my legs at any point in the race. Can't wait to feel the difference it makes to my endurance running training!
Karen Taylor - September 4th, 2017
I tested this product on an 87 mile Sportive. It was excellent, I didn't need any other products to supplement it. Will buy again.
Deidre MacNally - August 9th, 2017
Love the lemon flavour, light and easy on the stomach, even after a few hours of cycling.
I found it very handy to have the multi serving pouch so I can adjust the quantity needed...!
Glen Harris July 19th, 2017
After being recommended Tailwind by a friend, due to me constantly 'forgetting' to take on nutrition (gels/bars etc) at regular intervals during rides and then almost hitting the wall, I thought I'd give it a try.
Can't recommend it highly enough. small regular sips is all I needed on my last sportive with no side effects. Pleasant, subtle taste and excellent customer service. Will definitely be ordering more when current supplies run low.
Steven Woodbridge July 11th, 2017
Despatched same day, quick delivery, updated all the way. Neat little touch of hand written note in the box.
Got the mandarin orange flavour, very mild, was no problem with gammy taste over 4 hour rides. Seems easy on the stomach and keeps you going.
I'll be back for more when the time comes.
Clive Shepherd Jul 10th, 2017
"All day no fuss fuel"
I used the Tailwind 2 Serving Stickpacks in my Camelbak for the Velathon 110 cycle ride in Wales and found them to be exactly what I was looking for in a straight forward single source solution for electrolytes and nutrition. Tailwind delivered all of this without any drawbacks. The best thing I have now is the peace of mind it will deliver again.
I would certainly recommend to give this a try it's a step up form multiple forms bars gels etc.
Brian Saunderson July 10th, 2017
"The best I have used for a long time"
I have been struggling recently to find a suitable drink supplement for my cycling activities, problems have been caused particularly stomach cramps! My cycling these days is over distances up to 100 miles or so as I am now 78 years of age. I tried Tailwind out yesterday with a ride of 70 miles with a group who are all younger than I and felt comfortable in keeping up with them. The usual stomach cramps did not materialise and I recovered more quickly than usual after finishing the ride. Legs feel good the day afterwards! Will be using Tailwind for my longer solo rides and see how I get on.
Derek Gibson - July 1st, 2017
"So far so good"
After reading the many reviews I went and ordered the multi pack in orange flavour. I figured if so many long distance runners / cyclists rate it so highly then it was certainly worth trying.
I have only used it twice on a 10 and 12 mile run. Each time I used 2 scoops for a 500ml bottle. One bottle was enough on each run although I will probably use one bottle for every one hour of running in future.
The 'orange' taste is pretty negligible probably because I'm used to drinks with a much sweeter taste but as many have said it is very refreshing and more importantly it keeps the hunger pangs at bay.
I have a 40 miler coming up and will probably stick a banana or sandwich in my drop bags just in case but have a strong feeling they wont be necessary.
Paul Southernwood - 27/6/2017
"All you need"
Tailwind was recommended to me just before the start of the 100 Peaks Challenge (www.the100peaks.com).
I purchased 50 serving bags of both Lemon, and Caffeinated Green Tea, which I used at a rate of around 2 scoops per hour.
For 25 days, through both long multi-peak hill days, and 100 mile plus days in the saddle, Tailwind kept me energised and hydrated. I experienced no stomach issues and, just as important, found both flavours extremely palatable.
Next for me is Ride London - Surrey 100, and I've ordered stickpacks so I can carry sufficient to keep me fuelled to the finish. If it's really hot I may possibly supplement with a few salt tablets, but no other drinks or gels for me any more.
Personalised message contained in the last order was a nice touch too.
Lee Cornish - 22/6/2017
At first I was sceptical about Tailwinds claims, but during two recent events it worked really well. I've recently participated in two sportives using Tailwind. With regards to fueling me through the rides, it's all I needed. I used the caffeinated ones, but did not get the 'jitters' with them and didn't feel the need to eat. No nasty stomach pains either. I've got the 'Dartmoor Classic' coming up in a week, which is 68 miles with 6500ft of climbing. I will only be using Tailwind for this. With Tailwind there's no need to carry excess weight etc. Nice touch with the personal emails and note included in the parcel. Would definitely recommend Tailwind Nutrition.
Bert Pardeans 13/6/2017
Just completed a 2 day bike event (380km - 6000m+) with the use of tailwind. Great feeling - no stomach issues - no dehydration feeling. Thank you Tailwind!!! Bert - Belgium
Thomas Donald 8/6/2017
"So far so good"
First impressions are that this is perfect for me after a couple of 50 mile cycles, mainly because I really struggle with Gels. Ultimate test will come soon as I plan to complete a few 100 mile jaunts.
Liam Kent 7/6/2017
Using on long rides and really noticing the difference, would recommend!
Dougie Tennent - 5/6/2017
After being made aware of tailwind by a work colleague, I cannot believe how good this product is. I am now well into my 2nd order. This has everything, I need for my cycling , tastes great and mixes almost instantly. I am so impressed I have given out a couple of my sachets to members in my cycle club for them to try!! Keep up the good work.
Wendy Young 2/6/2017
"Multi serving pouch"
This is the first tailwind product I've ever tried and I'm never changing to anything else. It really is all you'll need all day. I've done a couple of endurance swims and several long cycling events and had lots of energy with no dehydration and no sign of any GI distress. Fabulous product and a fabulous service.
Jen Witt 2/6/2017
"Great taste, does the job"
When i was feeling really rough and couldn't stomach anything at all, tailwind is the only thing that kept me going on the ride 100 last year. Since then it is always with me on the bike to see me pushing through those last hard miles. Tastes great, not sickly sweet like some other brands. Best of all it works.
Julie Slack 23/5/2017
"Tailwind was recommended by friends I recently ordered the mandarin orange flavour and used it on the weekend for the 85 mile cycle on the Tour of Pembrokeshire. The flavour is great and not over powering and no stomach problems experienced. Would definitely recommend Tailwind!"
Alistair Banks 19/5/2017
"Easy and effective"
Only just started using Tailwind but it really seems to be good stuff. 2 hour ride yesterday, one sachet dropped in my water bottle and I felt no drop in energy on my ride and I didn't feel starving through the remains of the day. Going to be riding today and not taking any snacks with me!
Jason Steohens 9/5/2017
After purchasing the stick packs I found the flavours I liked and berry seemed to taste good and not overpowering. I'm a tailwind user from now on as 112 miles through the Lake District is a very tough ride this did the trick and no gut issues. Only problem is with ironman training I'm going through it too quick :)
5/7/2016 - Marc Russell-Jones 5/7/2016
"Fuelled and hydrated myself on 7 bottles of Tailwind for Marmotte cycle sportive (173km , 5200m of climbing). I took one gel for no other reason than I was sceptical! After years of gels and bars I cannot underline how much better I felt not taking my usual gel and bar supplements not to mention the weight saving too. I had a variety of flavours and seemed fine to me without being too sweet or overpowering. Guts and body felt great which is a first."
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