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Why do Pro Riders drink Soda?

Old 08-29-06, 09:43 PM
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Why do Pro Riders drink Soda?

Has anyone else ever wondered why riders in the Euro Pro peloton drink soda?

Besides for the calories and caffeine.... I can't see why riders during races would want to drink soda.... I personally can't stand the stuff when I am NOT exercising let alone racing. If anything, I think it would dehydrate riders and the carbonation would give riders hiccups etc.

But, if anyone has a scientific research on the matter please share.
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Hmmm hiccups, are you sure they are drinking soda?
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Tradition.
Back in the days before sports drinks, a Coke provided the benefit of energy from the sugar and a boost from the caffeine that was helpful at the end of a long day. Coca-Cola was also a sponser. Today there are better options, but sometimes a Coke just tastes good.
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I hear somewhere that caffeine is absolutely vital for a bike race. Don't exactly know why, or if its true at all. Maybe someone else can fill us in.

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People perform better when happy? just my theory
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because it tastes good?
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Just for the taste of it. Oh wait, nevermind, that's Diet Coke.
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Because the stuff is magic. I don't know the nutrition facts of it but there is nothing better when you bonk.

As an example, one of the Ironman competitors this year (I think it was Cameron Witdorf) was about a mile into the marathon and considered dropping out because he felt so bad. Another competitor told him to drink Coke only for the rest of the race...he did...and he turned in the best marathon time in the field.

Earlier this year I was doing a Half IM and started to feel really bad about 6 miles into the run so I started drinking coke (really RC Cola) and within 20 minutes or so, I felt much better.
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They drink soda because it has caffeine and a lot of sugar in it. There's a long history of drinking espresso in cycle racing, and soda is just a different vehicle for it. Caffeine is allowed under anti-doping rules, and does give you a boost (lots of gels have caffeine in them as well).

Some people choose to drink it in its defizzed form so they don't have to deal with the carbon dioxide.
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I think I'm just going to ignore anyone who joined this forum this year. Seems a dodgy vintage.

NOBODY drinks soda during a race. The cans you see them pop open at a feeding station aren't soda - they're an electrolyte or energy drink.

It's amazing, they put all sorts of stuff in a can these days. Why, just a couple of years ago I bought hot coffee in a can in Kobe. And you know what? It wasn't fizzy! Amazing!

Now afterwards many pros chug some form of soft drink, and I think it's to give them a little sugar rush to get them through the next hour or whatever before the next food time.....or it could be a reward or a convenient way to dope, I dunno.
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That's not Coke.. that's coke...
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No, they do drink FLAT (no more fizz) soda.

Nothing but sugar + caffeine But consider the moral boost.

I remember reading Chris Carmichael talking about how sometimes the soigneur(sp?) would put some sweet pastries towards the end of the stage just to lift up the spirit.
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Originally Posted by kyledr
People perform better when happy? just my theory
Have a Coke and a smile?
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There is nothing like a Coke during a long tough ride. But honestly this is a stupid question, what difference does it make whether they drink Coke or something else? They ride 25000 miles a year and I am sure they know what kind of drink they can handle during a race.
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The carbonation helps deliver the sugar+caffeine quicker into the blood stream .. giving a quick(er) jolt.

(oh god, now soda sales will spike since the "pros" drink it)

*sigh*

By the way, it's the same reason mixed drinks (soda + liquor) go to your head quicker than, say, sipping a drink straight. But, whatever.
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Originally Posted by Thylacine
NOBODY drinks soda during a race. The cans you see them pop open at a feeding station aren't soda - they're an electrolyte or energy drink.
oh so wrong
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Originally Posted by Thylacine
I think I'm just going to ignore anyone who joined this forum this year. Seems a dodgy vintage.

NOBODY drinks soda during a race. The cans you see them pop open at a feeding station aren't soda - they're an electrolyte or energy drink.

It's amazing, they put all sorts of stuff in a can these days. Why, just a couple of years ago I bought hot coffee in a can in Kobe. And you know what? It wasn't fizzy! Amazing!

Now afterwards many pros chug some form of soft drink, and I think it's to give them a little sugar rush to get them through the next hour or whatever before the next food time.....or it could be a reward or a convenient way to dope, I dunno.
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"It's a good thing that Robert Förster's team sponsor is in the bottled water business: the Gerolsteiner rider and his teammates needed it in Monday's Vuelta stage. "It was total chaos back by the team cars, because thousands of riders were constantly getting water," he wrote in his Vuelta diary on Radsportnews.com. "I asked one of our helpers: we nine Gerolsteiner riders used 280 bottles today! The most of them were to drink, of course, but some of them we poured over our heads But you'd better not do it like the British rider Wegelius did: He took a bottle from another team, and poured half of it out over his head before he noticed that it was coca-cola... We all laughed like crazy!""

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flat soda, cjbruin is right.
esp in those long long races.
I drank coke during my last ironman and it made a HUGE difference, it settled my stomach (12 hours into the race, it really needed it) and gave me a huge boost.
It's a total sugar rush.
This IM also had little cheesecakes and cookies at the aidstations, I was ready to sit down and have a picinic.
Sugar, all about the sugar and caffine.
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Just think. Long ago, the original TDF'ers did very well because they were drinking the original Coca-Cola. It's no wonder some of them actually died during the mountain stages.
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Just think. Long ago, the original TDF'ers did very well because they were drinking the original Coca-Cola. It's no wonder some of them actually died during the mountain stages.

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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
The carbonation helps deliver the sugar+caffeine quicker into the blood stream .. giving a quick(er) jolt.

(oh god, now soda sales will spike since the "pros" drink it)

*sigh*

By the way, it's the same reason mixed drinks (soda + liquor) go to your head quicker than, say, sipping a drink straight. But, whatever.
I don't know the science either but this cannot be why pros would drink soft drinks. All I know is that when I've been drinking carbonation I most definitely get gut cramps and shorter breath.

Sugar and caffine? ...well sure. I know people who practically live off of soft drinks. However I'm not convinced that regular soft drinks like coke are any better than drinks designed for replenishment, or gels, or even a good old chocolate milk.
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The reason why they drink it is it gives them a bit of an energy boost, and more importantly it also helps to prolong their performance before they hit the proverbial wall.
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Well, I guess pro riders do not have to worry about the fattening effects of what, 16 teaspoons of Sugar? We call it a sugar rush? 16 teaspoons, I find that sickening.!
I find the stuff useless, even if I drink way too much of it. (diet.) One way I like it is with rum in it.
Other possibilities. Coca Cola is everywhere. Very likely in some manner their sponsor. Coke is everywhere from bottled water to bottled juices.
Other than that, bad habits picked up, in the same manner many learn to smoke. That and advertising.
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Apparently you missed my post right above yours....

And while regular soda is pretty much garbage, diet soda is complete and total garbage.
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