I'm often asked is Tailwind Nutrition just for ultramarathon runners or would it be suitable for cyclists?
The simple answer is YES!
Tailwind was initially developed by cyclists in Colorado, specifically enduro MTB racers, who needed fuelling for endurance events.
I have personally completed Ironman races in Austria, Zurich (x2), South Africa and Lake Placid, though they were all before I discovered Tailwind and I've since switched to Ultramarathons. Although I have no personal experience of long bike rides with Tailwind, plenty of our customers have, so I've listed at the bottom of the page the most recent reviews from triathletes for your guidance. - Mike J
David Lewis - May 22nd, 2018
"Great flavour, can use all day long!"
Currently using for long bike rides and runs as part of Ironman training. Prepare a couple of bottles for the bike with the multi serve and take a couple of stick packs to add to water after a few hours to finish off the bike and run. Never feel hungry and have lots of energy for the run as well.
Daniel Evans - May 21st, 2018
"‘Little and often’"
As a keen triathlete training for endurance distances, I recently went on a group ride and found my nutrition strategy leaving me feeling sluggish and Ill. Friends recommended tailwind as ‘easy on your stomach’ and so I got some to try. Sipping little and often throughout my first training ride, I had a lot more energy than normal and my stomach felt great. This will definitely be my main nutrition now for training and events.
Bogdan Ene - May 21st, 2018
Yes, you read it right, amazing product, at least for me.
Ordered the starter pack 3 weeks before a half distance triathlon, used it first on a 3,5 hour brick session and I was amazed that my experience was exactly what I was reading in other reviews. Had the race yesterday, 3h on the bike and less than 2 hours on the run, only with Tailwind, gels, salt sticks and water, didn't need anything else. No GI issues or any other upsetting issues. Now I only need to decide what flavour should I buy because I liked them all, even the plain one :)
Brendan Ryan - May 14th, 2018
"Best fuel out there"
I finally got the chance to see would Tailwind endurance fuel live up to all the hype I’ve heard about it and it certainly has won me over. Great tasting no sickly feeling and seems to keep me going stronger for longer. 2.5 hours on the bike and it served me well. I’ll be using this for training and racing from now on. Fast delivery also, thanks very much.
Lynn Connolly - May 11th, 2018
"Worked well on long bike ride"
I used the stickpacks on a recent long ride (70 miles). They provided a good source of energy along with a few food snacks along the way. I ordered the starter pack with a selection of flavours. The berry was lovely - not too overpowering and no after-taste. The lemon, however, was unpleasant and left a chemically taste behind. I will definitely use these products again, but not the lemon one! I've still to try the other flavours, so can't comment on them. The service from Tailwind was excellent - prompt and personal. Thank you.
Neil Amos - May 10th, 2018
"Tailwind green tea"
Did my first ride out with green tea this week it was a very hot day with a lot of climbing over the Brecon beacons the drink met all my needs very refreshing not to strong in taste well happy with tailwind looking forward to to my next big ride
Daniel Simons - May 9th, 2018
"Best thing I’ve ever bought, really!"
After coming to the end of a few other products i’d been using regularly (high5/SIS gels, caffeinated/carb drink powder) I needed to stock up for a half Ironman I’ve started training for. I saw an advert for tailwind on a Facebook cycling page I follow (i know), but it had been liked by a couple of friends of mine who are serious cyclists giving it a bit more credence than your average advert! After a bedtime read of their website and seeing there was a bit more substance than first expected, I bought the Tailwind Challenge pack the next day. Can’t conplain value wise compared to other retailers and an offer of an event refund if I don’t think it’s better than my last products, what’s to lose?
Roughly a month in and I can honestly say this is the best thing I’ve ever bought. I used to combine gels/carb drink with some solid foods but either lost energy on longer rides or lost my appetite for the stuff I have with me. I was quite stringent about ensuring I ate regularly but still had problems.
I’ve done 40/50/60 mile rides so far and found this stuff to be fantastic, no other foods/gels/drinks used and I’ve had consistent energy with no spikes or bonks, impressive stuff! Currently using the ~3 scoops/hr advice but doubling up per bottle so ~6/bottle over 2 hours and working perfect. I got the berry and tropical caffeinated varieties, only tried berry so far but extremely palatable and mixes easily which is perfect.
I’ve also used it on my long swim days, turbo sessions and spin classes and seen noticable benefits
In summary well worth buying and on current performance will definitely be buying more when I eventually run out. Can not recommend highly enough!
Diane Brown - May 7th, 2018
Lovely chocolates malty fllavour but not over powering. Filled a gap and I didn't feel the usual need to eat anything not nailed down. Used after a 100k bike ride. Would buy again and recommend to others.
Will Hunt Vincent - May 8th, 2018
"Tailwind for triathlon"
Been using Tailwind for triathlon training for about a year now. So far, can't fault it. Need to experiment with quantities now I'm upping my distances, but looking to be a massive help.
Louise Rayner Vine - April 27th, 2018
So far, so brilliant!"
Amazingly quick delivery service - always a great start when ordering a product online. Tried two flavours so far - both good, favourite is the lemon but looking forward to berry too. Felt good during bike ride and will be using them for much longer rides this weekend.
Louella O'herlihy - April 23rd, 2018
Only started using Tailwind last week...for two 3 hour bike rides and some shorter turbo sessions! Fabulous so far, loving the Berry flavour and looking forward to my Swashbuckler Middle distance Triathlon coming up in May. Just working out what to do on the run re nutrition as I don't carry bottles.
Daire Fitzgerald - April 23rd, 2018
I have trained all my life and in the last year and a half found triathlon. I have struggled a lot with cramp, especially, quad cramp on bike and run. Thought I’d give tailwind a try based on a recommendation and I have been pleasantly surprised so far.
I haven’t needed any other nutrition (bars or the like) on longer rides either it definitely keeps you satiated.
Highly recommend, tastes great too ����
Jonathan Britt - April 23rd, 2018
"Tailwind raspberry buzz stickpack"
Having used the tailwind endurance fuel berry flavour before , I was interested to try the caffeinated version .As before mixed very easily ,pleasant but not overpowering flavour .Convenient stickpack useful for single use . Seems to work well used towards the end of several long cycle rides /runs with good effect.
Catherine Matthews - April 10th, 2018
"First time used - worked well"
Tailwind was recommended to me, and I was keen to try it out as fuel for my first ironman. I used it on a 4 hour bike ride at the weekend, and was very happy - it kept me feeling full of energy at not hungry at any time. Looking forward to using this for longer rides.
Chris Holmes - April 4th, 2018
"So glad I discovered this product"
Currently training for an Ironman and was really struggling with correct fueling on the bike. My stomach has always been pretty accepting of anything so “gut bombs” weren’t an issue but it was more the logistics of solid food, having to prepare and carry it and usually having to stop to eat. The pros make eating while riding look easy but trying to eat something one-handed while dodging potholes and cars seemingly intent on taking me out etc isn’t my idea of fun. The taste and texture of gels make me gag so I’ve never been a fan and previously used jelly beans for marathon training, although by the latter stages the overwhelming sweetness also made them difficult to get down.
Someone on a twitter tri/run feed mentioned tailwind and I thought I’d give it a go. I ordered the green tea flavour as it gave a caffeine boost (every little helps!) and was pleased to find it’s a pleasant flavour and despite putting 400cals worth in 750ml bottle of water it didn’t taste overly sweet.
I followed the advice of sipping little and often and felt that it stopped any dips in energy levels and I was able to maintain steady effort throughout my 4.5hr ride.
I also ordered a multi-pack to test the other flavours and so far have tried the orange one, also very pleasant. They have the benefit of having 200cals worth in a packet size similar to a gel, so for longer rides I plan to take a couple in my jersey and can top up when I stop to refill water bottles.
Would highly recommend the product to anyone. customer service also spot on.
Sarah Morgan - April 3rd, 2018
"Well worth the wait!"
I’ve been using tailwind for the last 2 years and it’s successfully fuelled me for Ironman Wales twice, awesome product! As you can guess I was very keen to try the rebuild and it did not disappoint! It has a lovely chocolate, coconut taste that felt like a real post exercise treat as well as all the benefits for my hardworking, aching muscles. Easter weekend involved a very tough 80mile bike ride and a 10mile run, rebuild kept the legs running smoothly, one happy customer! Highly recommend :)
Darren Talbot - April 2nd, 2018
"Best bike nutrition ever..."
Had huge problems last year on both my 330km single day (16 hour+) rides - the usual, gut bombs, then started throwing up. Completed one, but DNF on the other.
Did a Knights of Sufferlandia ((Sufferfest) ride recently (11 hours) using tailwind (a half bag a friend had given me to try). Was amazed at the difference. No gut bomb, even liked the taste!
Am going to do the 2 rides again this year, will be filling up with Tailwind and carrying a few of the individual sachets with me to keep topped up.
Thanks guys - awesome stuff!
Dylan Jones - March 27th, 2018 - Thank you for the free beanie hat, great customer service and prompt delivery, used tailwind for the first time on a back to back sportive and rode my longest distance to date, no cramp and not hitting the brick wall!! Result!
Steve James - November 26th, 2017 - Tailwind by name and nature"
Tailwind was a recommend by long course triathlete mates. I've only used so far in training, but so far so good. Great taste, zero gut issues and best of all the simplicity of use. Would I recommend? I already have
Gordon Mawhinney November 25th, 2017 - "Great light taste"
So impressed with Tailwind. A friend recommended it to me after completing an Ironman using tailwind for nutrition. I had struggled with gels in the past as they are very sickly and hard on my stomach, but tailwind is much easier to take and tastes much lighter. Highly recommend!
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 .
Rhys Thomas - October 8th, 2017
Just used for IM Barcelona. 6 scoops in 2 bottles. Drank 1/3rd of a bottle per hour supplemented with water from aid stations. worked a treat!!! nothing else needed.I like the fact that the flavours are not too overpowering and sickly like a lot of energy products. topped off with great service
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