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When it comes to ride nutrition, ’crossers have it easy. Our short races often mean no need to hydrate or eat in-race, but that makes pre- and post-race nutrition all the more important. Recently, we had the chance to test out a few new (and classic) products from Skratch Labs, and there are drink mixes that will fit almost every need a ’crosser might have… With the exception, of course, of a post-ride beer.

Apples and Cinnamon Hot Hydration Mix:

A hot sports drink? Weird, but kind of awesome when you think about standing around post-race in December in snowy Rhode Island. Imagine shivering in the cold after a long hour of sweating like crazy—usually, coffee is the go-to to warm you up, but you’re missing out on replacing a lot of electrolytes you lost while racing. Enter Skratch’s new Apples and Cinnamon Hot Hydration Mix. Snag some warm water and mix this up, and suddenly, recovery is started the right way! I admit, I haven’t gotten a chance to try it after a chilly race, but it’s delicious, and I’m almost excited for it to get cold again!

Best for: post-race on a chilly ’cross day in December

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Exercise Hydration Mix

An all-natural sports drink means real flavors, like lemon-lime and raspberry. I love this Exercise Hydration Mix as a pre-race drink before a ’cross race, or even on the bike during an extremely hot race in the early season. It’s the highest calorie option at 80 calories per bottle, and doesn’t have that sickeningly sweet taste that many sports drinks have. It’s light but packed with the stuff that you actually need.

Best for: pre-race nutrition

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