What are the best cycling gels?

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Elle Penner, MPH, RD

The best cycling gels, according to cyclists, include

Science in Sport Energy Gels


Maurten Energy Gels


High5 Energy Gels

, and

GU Energy Gels

These gels rank high among cyclists for taste, digestibility, and ease of use on the bike, though flavor and consistency preferences vary greatly between athletes. 

If you like the convenience of a gel but not the sticky consistency, GU and High5 both offer liquid “gels” that deliver the same fuel in fluid form, similar to a sports drink.

cyclist eating energy gel with hills in the background