There exists an undeniable relationship between caffeine-induced beverages and cycling, most if not all bike enthusiasts are aware of this. There’s talk of caffeinated beverage consumption (like coffee) actually benefitting cyclists who take it regularly, but just how much of it is true?
Facts About Caffeine
1. Caffeine exists in coffee, tea, energy drinks, carbonated drinks, and gum.
2. Taking caffeine in moderation has its benefits: it brings about elation and calmness, and boosts performance in physical and mental activities.
3. High dosage causes anxiety, nausea, heart palpitations, and could bring poor performance in physical and mental activities.
4. Studies show that trained cyclists benefit largely from a dose of caffeine, performing better during the ride while untrained athletes showed no benefits after consuming caffeine.
What we can take away from the article is that as you may enjoy a cup of coffee—or any other caffeine-induced beverage—before or after a ride, it should be noted that you do not need to take in so much. Remember: moderation is key, and so is training!
Happy riding, folks!
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