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Old 04-20-07, 05:41 PM   #1
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Beer

I've seen cyclists drink BEER in a compeition... I understand that it has something to do with calories, but wouldn't the alcohol dehydrate you?
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Old 04-20-07, 07:06 PM   #2
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Only in the long term. I've used beer before other competitions just to settle my nerves. I used to be a financial advisor, and I acquired many more clients on fridays than any other day, because the office allowed beer on Fridays. Weird, but true.

I doubt they do it for calories. Milk has more.
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beer is mostly water. it will hydrate you until you have to pee. Drink a dark beer like stout and you get a LOT of calories AND complex carbs for long term energy AND simple sugars the the yeast left behind for a quick boost of energy.

beer = perfect food
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Floyd Landis won the Tour de France last year because of beer, wine, and shots.
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There are non or low Alc beers. Better yet brew your own beer just for cycling with lots of extra maltose. You can brew a tasty lower alcohol beer.
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Maltose is good fuel.
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Floyd Landis won the Tour de France last year because of beer, wine, and shots.
What kind of shots are you referring to?
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I knew I drank beer for a reason............
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yeah i usually drink a 12 pack of budlight before a big ride.
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Alcohol inhibits ADH, and you become dehydrated relative to the amount of it in your system. I can't imagine why anyone would want to drink beer on a ride, or before a ride versus water/juice/sports drink/etc.
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