It goes without saying that cycling and coffee are nearly inseparable, but have you ever thought about the science behind the bean-brewed beverage’s performance-enhancing benefits?
Juliet Elliott, a multi-discipline rider, and the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee have released a new film that details all the benefits of downing a flat white before your ride, including how much faster the drink may make you.
Of course, caffeine, a natural stimulant found in tea, coffee, and cacao plants, is the real secret behind coffee’s performance boost, but how does caffeinated coffee compare to decaffeinated coffee in terms of performance?
“I generally train for roughly twelve hours a week and take part in endurance, gravel, and bikepacking races and events like Grinduro and Tuscany Trail,” Elliott, a cross-discipline bike racer and YouTuber, said. I believe that what I eat and drink has a significant impact on my performance, and I enjoy having coffee as part of my daily routine.