Berlin/ Kenenisa Bekele fluid and carbohydrate nutrition

by Andrew Bosch / News / September 28th 2016

There were a number of tweets and posts on the Sub2 web page during the lead-up to Berlin in which we were referring to the testing of a “new” drink. This is/ was being done in conjunction with a Swedish manufacturer, Maurten.

Work is on-going, but it should be obvious from the Berlin result that we are on the right track, although it must be emphasised that the sub2 team, in its work with Kenenisa, applied a number of scientific (e.g. the drink and drinking strategy) and medical (e.g. rehabilitation and “pre-hab” ) strategies. Indeed, we are proud of the fact that in just a few months we were able to take 2 mins off his marathon PB. I am sure followers of the marathon will appreciate that 2 mins off a 2:05 PB is quite substantial! Since a number of our followers have expressed interest in getting more information on the drink and carbohydrate in question, we are providing some limited additional information about the carbohydrate drink…… because its still under development. Here then is some information, in a question and answer format.

Q: What is the name of the company that has developed the carbohydrate that is the basis of the experimental race drink?

A: The company, Maurten, consists of a team of  professionals who believe that much can be done within the field of optimising energy supply during prolonged exercise. Their philosophy is that everyone – from elite athletes to joggers – can benefit from a scientifically  designed and safe energy product. The company was founded 2015 in Göteborg, Sweden. Key persons are Olof Sköld (founder and CEO), Mårten Fryknäs (founder),  Karl Sköld (founder), and Henrik Wingstrand (founder and Chairman of the board).

Q: What is the background to the product?

A: The unique quality of this carbohydrate product is that it enables the body to tolerate high amounts of carbohydrates, while engaged in sport/ exercise activity. Normally, as soon as the concentration of carbohydrate in a drink is increased, gastric emptying slows down, resulting in less fluid and carbohydrate delivery to the body. Maurten have found a way of getting around this problem.

Q: How does it work?

A: We can’t go into details at this stage regarding the technology but we can say that it will change the whole sport fuel industry, judging by our results with field testing so far and the result with Bekele in Berlin. 


Q: What are the main benefits of the new product?

A: That you are able tolerate much larger carbohydrate content during activity. This enables the muscles to get optimal fuel during exercise, as well as maintaining blood glucose concentration. 

Q: Is it safe to use?

A: The product is totally safe to use and only contains well established food grade ingredients. Every batch has been, and will be, sent for screening by independent third party laboratories. 


Q: Is the drink commercially available and what products are available?

A: In the spring 2017 Maurten will launch its first sports drink mix. The drink mix contains high amounts of carbohydrates (including the correct amount of fructose to non-fructose content) and is designed to be used during sports/ activity. Everyone who participate in endurance races and/ or long hard training sessions will benefit from the product. More products will follow.

Q: What’s the difference between the products planned for production?

A: It is our understanding that Maurten will offer a range of products, suitable for different athletes and activities. However, at this time we do not have any information about the other products.

Q: When will the new product be available?

A: The first Maurten product will be available in 2017.

Q: Why is Maurten engaged in the Sub2hrs project?

A: The sub2 project reflects Maurtens’ vision that knowledge and science is the key to optimising performance. Sub2 supports clean athletes/ athletics and sports and believe that records can be broken without doping by using science. 

Q: Is the technology patented?

A: Maurten has filed several patent applications to protect the technology.