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Why Do Cyclists Bloody LOVE Coffee?

I should probably start this post with a disclaimer, one that may greatly offend and possibly upset the cycling community. Okay, here it goes… I don’t like coffee. In truth, I’m not really bothered about any hot drinks. They just don’t do it for me. I’ll have the occasionally cup of tea or hot chocolate, but coffee… blah!

On the whole, though, cyclists tend to bloody love coffee. Like, really love it. But, why? Is there a special connection, or is it just a coincidence?

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1# Coffee is a performance enhancing drug

Caffeine is – and I’ll happily admit the following words aren’t my own – a ‘crystalline xantine alkaloid’. That sounds either scary or impressive. And, fortunately, it’s the latter. It basically means caffeine is a go-longer stimulant. Perfect if you’re on a long ride.


2# Cycling and coffee have a history

Cycling and coffee is by no means a new phenomenon. Indeed, in the 1960s, Italian espresso machine manufacturer, Faema, sponsored a pro cycling team to promote its machines.


3# The social scene

Coffee and a cake, the perfect way to end a group ride. Relax, maybe warm up, have a chat and – as you’ll see in #5 – is actually a great idea scientifically.

4# A love of stuff

Cyclists love their gear. Whether it’s the weight of the frame, your new tyres or the length of your crank, cyclists love a good discussion or debate about their rides. This can also cross over into coffee, with machines, exotic beans and more, all up for debate.


5# Coffee aids recovery

A study by a team of Australian researchers showed that having a few cups of coffee, combined with a high-carb meal, will help your body refuel faster after a ride.

6# Warm up

Cold winter ride? Icy hands? Get your mitts around a nice warm cup and feel yourself come back to life.


7# The feel good factor

Like cycling, coffee kicks your positive hormones into overdrive.

Cycling sorts you out with vitamin-D, aids muscle tone and improves sleep quality.

Coffee provides the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine, boosts metabolism and is a handy ergogenic aid.

Not a bad team.


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Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

4 Responses

  1. joe says:

    Because coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions

  2. Keith Harris says:

    Affter my 18.5 mile commute, I shower and put on my uniform for work, but quite simply, my motivation to brave the 5 miles that are on a “shoulderless expressway,” is the peace from the honking and my co-workers that resides within my favorite mug… If I can keep it full!