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Old 08-20-09, 08:52 PM
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Why soda?

Just curious as to why pro cyclist tend to drink soda after a stage. Is it part of the recovery, if so i should start.
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Old 08-20-09, 08:57 PM
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wha chu talkin bout willis?
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Lots of quick calories, sugar for a quick pick me up, and caffeine for a pain killer.

I also enjoy a coke after a hard ride.
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Carbs and (possibly) sponsors.
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I've heard Tom Boonen enjoys coke after a hard ride.
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nothin like gettin all coked up after a century...
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I'll let Joe Parkin answer your question for you...
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But the carbs aren't necessary anymore because the ride is over, so why do they still drink it? Is it so they can stay awake and answer all the annoying media questions?
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Originally Posted by ch3n207 View Post
But the carbs aren't necessary anymore because the ride is over,
They are necessary for replenishment.
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Originally Posted by ch3n207 View Post
But the carbs aren't necessary anymore because the ride is over
Wrong. you need carbs quick or your body will start eating your muscles
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Originally Posted by ch3n207 View Post
But the carbs aren't necessary anymore because the ride is over
huh?
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from the look of many pro cyclists they could stand to have cheeseburger in the other hand and spend a couple minuets at the gym...
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even after a ride you need extra carbs to prevent low blood sugar levels; your ride might be over but your body is still working hard for the next 6-12hrs

a soda would not be my choice for carbs though; I can't stand the carbonation
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watch the 1st or 2nd video on Bartape.net of the Giro.. they show Sastre downing a whole shaker of some sort of custom recovery mix. Which i think is becoming more of the norm than soda. They are usually required to drink a certain amount of water for the next few hours also.
One of the teams had a good video with the nutritionist that was showing their coolers for afterward.

I forget what the number of grams it was that should be carbs in the first hour after you're done. (should write that **** down )
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Never mind after the ride, I remember watching Lance pick up a couple of mini cans of cola from the team car during the Giro or Tour as a domestique. He downed like two of those suckers in a row...
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if you are going to be drinking a soda after a ride or during it either needs to be a pepsi "throwback" or just from a different country than the US. The soda people in the US use corn syrup instead of the good ole sugar like the majority of other countries.
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Originally Posted by jeebusaurousrex View Post
Never mind after the ride, I remember watching Lance pick up a couple of mini cans of cola from the team car during the Giro or Tour as a domestique. He downed like two of those suckers in a row...
during the race is for the caffeine and sugar boost.

and speaking of cheeseburgers.. isn't that Horner's thing? he should work with Chicken on that. kid needs a sammich baaad
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
I've heard Tom Boonen enjoys coke after a hard ride.
D@mn that was good!
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Suges.
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the sugars contained in softdrinks are very fast acting because they are very fine.
the sugars are absorbed into your body with almost no need to be broken down in your stomach.


you can try this experiment: buy two identical flowers, cut the stem on each and stick one into water and the other one into a decarbonated softdrink. the one in the decarbonated softdrink will stay alive much longer.
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Nothing tastes better than a tiny coke after a hard ride.
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Originally Posted by ch3n207 View Post
But the carbs aren't necessary anymore because the ride is over, so why do they still drink it? Is it so they can stay awake and answer all the annoying media questions?
Carbs are MOST DEFINITELY needed after a ride to replenish the depleted glycogen you've spent. Your body is a sponge right after the ride and you have a 30-minute window where glucose can be transported immediately across cell-walls without needing much GLUT-4 expression or insulin. There are optimized mixtures of 4:1 carb-protein ratios that maximizes glycogen replenishment. Without sufficient blood-glucose levels, you body will actually disassemble perfectly good muscle-tissue and convert it to glycogen to replenish the energy stores. Muscle-loss is a big issue with stage-races and long distances. Many racers will actually do muscle-building strength-workouts in the gym during the season just to maintain the same muscle-mass. Here's some articles of interest:

AJCN - Maximizing postexercise muscle glycogen synthesis
Postexercise muscle glycogen synthesis is an important factor in determining the time needed to recover from prolonged exercise.
JAP - Carbohydrate-protein complex increases the rate of muscle glycogen storage after exercise
The results suggest that postexercise muscle glycogen storage can be enhanced with a carbohydrate-protein supplement as a result of the interaction of carbohydrate and protein on insulin secretion.
JAP - Muscle glycogen storage after different amounts of carbohydrate ingestion


The trick with optimzing post-exercise recovery is to take in just enough carbs to full re-stock the glycogen stores, but not so much that the extra is converted to fat. The soda provides high-GI carbs which have been shown to replenish glycogen faster and the caffeine helps alleviate muscle aches & pains.

Also some other good references:

Ha E, Zemel MB. Functional properties of whey, whey components, and essential amino acids: mechanisms underlying health benefits for active people (review). J Nutr Biochem. 2003 May;14(5):251-8. Review.

Williams MB, Raven PB, Fogt DL, Ivy JL. Effects of recovery beverages on glycogen restoration and endurance exercise performance. J Strength Cond Res. 2003 Feb;17(1):12-9.

Tipton KD, Elliott TA, Cree MG, Wolf SE, Sanford AP, Wolfe RR. Ingestion of casein and whey proteins result in muscle anabolism after resistance exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004 Dec;36(12):2073-81.

Borsheim E, Aarsland A, Wolfe RR. Effect of an amino acid, protein, and carbohydrate mixture on net muscle protein balance after resistance exercise. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2004 Jun;14(3):255-71.

Middleton N, Jelen P, Bell G. Whole blood and mononuclear cell glutathione response to dietary whey protein supplementation in sedentary and trained male human subjects. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2004 Mar;55(2):131-41.

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because they're the o.g. energy drink and old habits are hard to break...
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