Best energy drinks for cycling: Tasty and effective fuelling

Mathieu Van der Poel drinking mid-race
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When it comes to fuelling your rides, there are a few ways to go about it. Ultimately, what you want to do is consume carbohydrates, and these can come in various forms. One of the easiest of them all is by adding those carbohydrates to your water bottles, and this is exactly the approach adopted by the best energy drinks. 

In this guide, we'll be referring primarily to sport-specific energy powders that are mixed into the bottles on your bike, since that is the approach most commonly adopted by cyclists. However, we appreciate there is an adjacent market for pre-bottled or canned energy drinks such as Red Bull or Lucozade. 

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.