Has Pro Cycling Maxed-out on Caffeine?

March 7, 2024

Riders have been slamming espresso since way before flat whites were a “thing” in the chase for caffeine’s benefits on perceived effort, muscle pain, and mental acuity.

“Caffeine has consistently been shown to improve endurance by 2-4 percent across dozens of studies using doses of 3-6 mg/kg body mass,” read a study published by Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. “Accordingly, caffeine is one of the most prominent ergogenic aids.”

Caffeine now buzzes along quietly in the background of elite endurance. VELO