Drinking Coffee and Riding Fast

In today’s Journal Club we’ll check out a brand new paper examining caffeine, coffee, and riding a bike as fast as you can. Does coffee improve your cycling? Should you stop drinking coffee in the lead-up to an important event in order to boost your caffeine sensitivity and performance on race day? Let’s find out. Clarke, N.D. and D.L. Richardson, Habitual Caffeine Consumption Does Not Affect the Ergogenicity of Coffee Ingestion During a 5 km Cycling Time Trial. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 2020: p. 1-8. Before we cover a few highlights from the study, let’s start with a bit of…
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High Fat Low Carb Diets

Today I’m kicking off a new blog segment called the “Journal Club.”  In the Journal Club, we’ll examine a single research paper that holds significance to you as a cyclist. Whenever possible, I’ll select open-access research and include a downloadable link to a personally annotated PDF so you can dig into a full-text version and follow along. In today’s Journal Club we’ll check out a brand new paper examining the performance implications of a Low Carb High Fat or “keto” diet. Is going “keto” likely to improve your cycling? Let’s find out. Burke, L.M., et al., Crisis of confidence averted: Impairment…
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Does Beet Juice Really Make You Faster on the Bike?

Can beet juice actually make you faster on the bike? The short answer is yes. Topics in this post include an explanation of how beet juice works to improve performance, recommend dosage and timing, varying quality of beet juice products, road blocks to beet juice effectiveness, and practical recommendations for using beet juice in your training and racing.
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