Toolbox: We ride, eat, sleep and repeat so we can harvest the results from that hard work in the competitive season. These adaptations are differently affected by your training volume, intensity, your current status and ultimately by your dietary choices and some ergogenic supplements. Here we’ll go through the ones worth considering from an evidence-based perspective.
The sports nutrition and supplements industry is a multi-billion dollar business. To cut through the pseudoscience and marketing flim-flam masquerading as science, the International Olympic Committee just published an excellent scientific consensus on “Dietary Supplements and the High Performance Athlete.”
It's the rider's responsibility to know what products they can use within - and outside of the rules. USA Cycling hosts several “Talent Identification Camps” each year for riders ages 14-19 years. Athletes are exposed to skills, tactics, and power testing, but perhaps the most important presentation is from USADA - the U.S. Anti Doping Agency.
Nothing fits with cycling so much as the post-ride java stop, and that’s probably half the reason many of us get out on group rides to begin with. Caffeine is probably the most common ergogenic aid in use in cycling and the world in general, so it’s time to take a look at the science behind it…