From days gone by when Tour de France cyclists relied on the caffeine as a performance enhancer to the current day “coffee shop ride”, coffee and bikes have been an inseparable pair. Cyclists have long had a love of coffee both for the taste, the performance benefits and the social interaction involved with a cup of joe. Pre-ride, post-ride or mid-ride, so much of the sport revolves around coffee and the caffeine within.
Is it because cycling is traditionally a European sport, and Europeans themselves have a love affair with the coffee bean? Or does it have something to do with the warming feeling of a cup of joe before an early morning slog? Maybe some love the performance enhancing effects of caffeine? Is social interaction a primary motivator?
Maybe it’s one of those reasons.
Maybe it’s just a little more intangible than any of those.
Click through the jump for some info on the performance enhancing effects of caffeine and why coffee and bikes belong together.