Food Friday - This is how our riders keep an eye on their weight
Our riders need to have the optimum weight, especially the GC riders. The winner...
The world of cyclists used to be very different. No scheduled meals nor nutrition strategies, but just getting on that bike and ride! In this weeks' Food Friday we take you back in time. Did they really used to drink beer while riding? Read and find out.
The temptation of drinking a cold beer or some nice wine after a tough ride is huge, but there are disadvantages related to drinking alcohol. That's why our riders limit their consumption of alcohol. Alcohol has damaging effects on your body, especially for the recovery it needs after a race or training ride.
However, until the '60s it was quite normal to consume alcohol during a ride. They drank a variety of drinks, from beer and wine to tea and hot chocolate. The purpose was to hydrate (although we know by now that alcohol isn't particularly helping the hydration process) as well as to make a ride more pleasant. Riders back in the days spend a lot more time on their bikes. Our riders need, on average, 3 to 5 hours for a stage, whereas this used to be about 18 hours.
"Until the 60's, it was normal to consume alcohol"
Nowadays, we have a lot of research proving that alcohol has negative effects on sports performance. There are different findings on the exact effects of alcohol on your body, but there are a few common findings which are directly related to cyclists like our riders and yourself:
Drinking a beer or glass of wine every once in a while will not have a negative effect on your cycling performance. Enjoy it on a limited basis, as goes with everything in life. Except for your time on your bike, of course, which should be enjoyed as often and as long as possible! A tip from our team: are you longing for a cold beer after you have pushed yourself to your limits on a ride? Try Heineken 0.0! The taste of real beer, without the negative effects associated with alcohol.