Whilst distances and workloads vary, the common factor with any cycling discipline is that your body must produce the power and intensity to reach the finish line as quickly as possible.
Although the concept is quite similar, the nutritional requirements for endurance and sprint events are different; long distance cyclists must be proficient in utilising all forms of fuel in the body - whilst sprint cyclists need the type of fuel that can provide explosive bursts of power.
In all disciplines of cycling, exercise must promote a number of physiological changes to help make the body more efficient and improve physical performance
Carbohydrates are essential to fuel both long and short distance cycling by keeping muscle-glycogen concentrations high. When concentrations are low, performance will be negatively affected. It has been shown that insufficient amounts of carbohydrates can also affect an athlete's co-ordination as the Central Nervous System becomes fatigued.
Tri-Carb is an extremely effective carbohydrate drink which can be consumed before, during and after exercise to great effect. Containing three different carbohydrates, Tri-Carb will fuel your exercise for a short, medium and long period of exercise whilst helping to keep the body hydrated; particularly important during long distance events. Sprint cyclists may find Caffeine to be an extremely effective performance enhancer when taken before exercise. Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels, provide extra mental focus and boost energy.
Both disciplines would benefit from the addition of Creapure®, an extremely pure form of Creatine Monohydrate. Particularly beneficial to sprint cyclists, Creapure® helps your muscles produce ATP, which can improve explosive power and strength, perfect for a sprint or hill-top finish. During a long distance race, cyclists will benefit from Creapure® 's ability to re-produce ATP, enhancing the ability to perform repetitive sprints.
Whether you're a competitive cyclist or you simply ride for fun, it is vital to ensure you have sufficient glycogen stores and hydration levels to maximise your performance.
The combination of carbohydrates and electrolytes found in our intra-training drink, PRO:LONG make it the perfect option to help keep your energy levels up until you hit the finish line.
Due to the high work rates in both distance and sprint cycling, it is advisable to consume high amounts of protein and carbohydrates upon completing a session.
A supplement such as Electrofuel will provide a great ratio of carbohydrates to protein to aid the recovery process in preparation for your next race.