FAQ: How to use the GT Gel and the decanting bottle
Each GT Gel contains 300ml of GT Gel: This is enough to race approx. 6-10 hours on water alone, depending on the intensity and nature of the sport.
GT Gel enables you to race/train with JUST water in your water-bottles or hydration pack.
How? Simply decant the GT Gel into the little, re-usable Pace & Power decanting bottles. (Leave the flask containing the rest of GT Gel in the refrigerator). Each little re-usable gel bottle holds 110mls of gel, enough to complete ~3 hours of racing/training with a moderate-to-high heart-rate. (Approximately 30km of running; or 3 hours of road cycling or MTB). Take little sips of GT Gel intermittently over the 3 hours. Continue hydrating with water as usual.
Our re-usable gel bottles are available with different coloured lids so that you can plan and follow a regime during a long event.
No sticky fingers! (or pockets)
You can use GT Gel in 2 different ways:
1. GT Gel with JUST WATER:
If you prefer to train/race with just water in your hydration pack or waterbottles, then the GT Gel is for you!
Simply sip from the (filled) little decanting bottle, sip intermittently over 3 hours – as you do with your water. If you follow this approach, you’ll ensure an even intake of carbs and electrolytes over the hour (unlike a traditional gel sachet).
- For extreme events, such as Enduro riding: “Romaniacs” or “Hell’s Gate”, you can take a slightly more frequent dose: 50mls of GT Gel every 30-60 minutes. For enduro riding only, use GT Gel in addition to your sports drink.
Always ensure adequate hydration with water to assist absorption (See suggestions below
2. GT Gel with your Sports Drink:
Top up the electrolyte and carbohydrate content your sports drink by sipping GT Gel throughout the event. This is a great option if you prefer to water-down your sports drink because it has become too sweet during the event.
If you run out of your EnduraPower, or you feel like switching to racing/training with only water, then sip GT Gel intermittently over the hour, as described in point no. 1 above.
Suggested Hydration Rate:
Always ensure adequate hydration to assist absorption!
It has been suggested that you hydrate according to bodyweight, your sport and individual requirements. Suggestions have included 8ml-10ml fluid/kg of bodyweight/hr. (This varies widely according to individual requirements/preferences and the nature or intensity of your sport).
For example, if you weigh:
60kgs – Drink approx 480ml-600ml water per hour
75kgs – Drink approx 600ml-750ml water per hour
100kgs – Drink approx 800ml-1 litre per hour
Note: Extreme sports, such as Enduro Motorbike riding, may require higher hydration = 10ml-11ml fluid/kg of bodyweight/hr.
For best athletic performance, use together with EnduraShake, EnduraPower, PaceLyte, Souties and Joobies.