5 ways coffee makes you a better cyclist

5 ways coffee makes you a better cyclist

Coffee and cycling, the perfect pairing. There aren't many of us that aren't guilty of using a mug of the good stuff to boost pedal power, or changing a route to pass our favourite coffee shop. 

Luckily, it turns out coffee doesn't just taste AMAZING, but it actually makes you a better cyclist too, and this is why...

Increase endurance

When fatty acids are released in to the bloodstream, your muscles are able to absorb and burn these fats for fuel. Caffeine works to increase the numbers of these acids produced, which in turn saves the body's small reserves of carbs for when you'll need them most when you're further in to your ride. 

Faster recovery

Studies have shown that drinking 5-6 cups (classic cup size, not mugs!) of coffee along side a regular carbohydrate rich meal will help your body refuel faster with glycogen levels greater by 75%. Scientists believe it comes from the high levels of glucose and insulin levels in the blood caused by caffeine, that could help transport the glycogen.

Inflammation

Coffee has a beneficial effect of sub-clinical inflammation, this is due to the anti-oxidants in coffee neutralising certain free radicals in the body which cause inflammation. So if you're feeling sore after a long ride or have a certain injury with an inflammation, get yourself a good strong coffee

You'll speed up

Yes it may sound like a long shot but coffee does actually make you faster, To be precise, 0.6mg per kilo of your body weight is what's going to give you the extra boost you may need an hour into your ride. This was shown after a Spanish study took place which had two sets of riders cycling at 70% of their VO2 max for an hour. The riders with the coffee in their body cycled far better than those who didn't.

Antioxidants

If you're feeling a little worse for wear and want to get some toxins out of your body then make yourself a strong coffee. According to studies, coffee has four times the amount of antioxidants than green tea. The coffee plant produces antioxidants to protects their cells from premature destruction from exposure to heat, light, moisture and air. Many of these substances are still active while in the human body which in turn helps protect our cells.

So basically.....go order some coffee. Now.

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One day The Cycling Bug is listing coffee as one of the foods to "take off your shopping list" (here: thecyclingbug.co.uk/.../foods-that-are-prematurely-ageing-you.aspx), then the next they are describing coffee and cycling as "the perfect pairing". So what are we supposed to believe?

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I don't think it means have 6 coffees per meal guys!

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Would an expresso dropped in a water bottle work ?

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I love coffee so this sounds good news, BUT 5 to 6 cups of coffee a day can be too much lol so with just one meal? Have the paramedics on standby lol

Also I doubt I could take that much fluid on board on one sitting on its own let alone with a meal

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I have normal nescafe instant as really strong coffee dehydrates me. I dont find just water appealing and so often mix coffee and decaf bottles depending on the size of the effort. Sometimes any coffee is heaven especially after missing the first feeding station and forgeting to put liquid in my bottles in my rookie days. 50 miles without fluid meant that I downed 3 bottles in 10 minutes. lol.

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"Studies have shown that drinking 5-6 cups of coffee along side a regular carbohydrate rich meal"

5-6 cups?? I love coffee... But l would struggle with that amount in one sitting! Added to the fact that you would probably end up with heart palpitations!

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Interested in coffee in the bottle idea lol if it helps ..anyone got any ideas on which sort of coffee if it matters or should it just be black coffee

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Try added a teaspoon of coconut oil in black coffee this will help feed the your muscles when working out/riding, I was told Thi by my fitness instructor who teaches everything it helps me, it keeps ur legs from aching sooner then u want ...

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You can never have enough coffee. Riders in the Giro dItalia often have 2 espressos before they race. The cafeine gels don't do it for me. Give me a water bottle with coffee in it every time.

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