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Ultimate Guide to Skratch Labs

Patrick Boxall ·

With a firm grounding in professional cycling, Skratch Labs produces tried-and-tested, scientifically backed products and has been at the cutting edge of performance nutrition since 2012.


What is Skratch Labs?

Skratch Labs was founded by Dr Allen Lim, a former sports scientist and professional cycling coach. His cyclists were complaining about their race nutrition, so Dr Lim began making his own food and sports drinks from scratch, using real food as fuel. He eventually came up with a ‘secret drink mix’ in his kitchen, using a recipe that had less sugar, more sodium and no artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours.  Dr Lim knew he was onto something when this mix quickly became popular with athletes and non-athletes alike, so he expanded production to meet demand. Now, Skratch Labs creates all kinds of sports nutrition products including energy bars, chews, rice cakes and more. The commitment to real food and ingredients, however, remains the same.

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Where is Skratch Labs based?

Skratch Labs is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Here, the Skratch Labs team can take full advantage of the mountains, trails, rivers and sunshine. The company also operates the Skratch Labs Cafe, which has the sports drink mix free on tap alongside locally roasted coffee and a menu designed to fuel anyone and everyone for their Boulder adventures.

Is Skratch Labs a good brand?

Skratch Labs is a highly respected brand that has grown as a result of overwhelming demand. Given the founder’s background in sports science and pro cycling, Scratch’s products are created to benefit athletes of all abilities with the overarching philosophy of using real food as fuel. 


Best Skratch Labs products

Below you’ll find a few of Aid Station’s favourite Skratch Labs products.

Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Drink Mix

Originally known as the ‘secret drink mix’, which founder Dr Allen Lim created for the cyclists he coached, this energy sports drink is easy on the gut and works wonders for anyone wanting to replenish their body’s electrolytes.

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Skratch Labs Energy Bars

These bars are made from all-natural, whole food ingredients and are suitable anytime you’re hungry, keeping  you well-fuelled and full when you need it most. They’re low in sugar, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and kosher. A satisfying snack that you can consume pre-ride, after a long run or as a recovery snack.

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Skratch Labs Vegan Recovery Drink Mix

A balanced mix of vegan proteins, fats and carbohydrates to speed up your recovery and rebuild your muscles for improved physical performance. This has the same nutritional profile as Skratch’s dairy-based recovery mix, but is vegan (and equally delicious).

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Skratch Labs Sport Superfuel Drink Mix

Pushing yourself to the limit? For your body to absorb the best nutrients, it needs to consume whole foods – but what if you can’t carry real food with you? Introducing Skratch’s Superfuel Drink Mix, your secret weapon in a bottle. Powered by Cluster Dextrin, the mix contains 400 calories alongside electrolytes to replace those lost through sweat. It’s an absolute game-changer for anyone going so hard they can’t stop to take in real food.

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