I know that the stated uses of a recovery ride are:
1) Help eliminate waste product from previous days hard workout.
2) Increase blood flow to legs and actually aid in rebuilding of muscles.
3) Keep the legs limber and possibly help with residual soreness.
Since recovery rides have 0 adaptation potential and rest is paramount to recovery, I'm wondering if recovery rides actually do anything? I can not find any physiological evidence on pub med or anything to support the above claims, however I might be using the wrong keywords.
I'm sure recovery rides do something to actually benefit the rider, however when does it make sense to get a massage or use "the stick" instead of spin for an hour? I would love to see some evidence on the subject that is non-anecdotal.