COFFEE AND CYCLING
By – CLAY GILLIES
COFFEE SEEMS TO GO HAND-IN-HAND WITH CYCLING CULTURE AND FOR MANY OF US, THAT STOP AT THE FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP MID-LONG RIDE ON SUNDAYS, IS OFTEN THE REASON WE GET UP EARLY AND GOT OUT.
Caffeine is a stimulant, and as such, prepares your brain and body for ‘action’. The affects on the body include increase heart rate, dilation of blood vessels to ease the blood flow throughout the body and a general stimulation of the nervous system.
As with any drug, moderation is the key and the scientific literature is pretty clear that, used correctly, caffeine does indeed help to improve performance on the bike.
When it comes to consuming in moderation, it’s best to choose the best quality product possible in order to get the best bang for your buck. In our ever-growing cycling culture today Organic and Fair Trade Coffee from a local roaster is a must. Over the last fifteen years Kicking Horse Coffee has proudly served and sampled product, at many of Western Canada’s finest cycling events. Enjoy your next good cup of coffee and honor the bike, there’s a good possibility that the bike you’re riding was designed over some Kick Ass coffee.