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Cyclists: It’s Time to Rethink Your Post-Ride Beer

Cyclists: It’s Time to Rethink Your Post-Ride Beer

It’s no secret that alcohol has a negative effect on athletic performance. But before science started to look at how what we put into our…

Thursday, Jun 09

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It’s no secret that alcohol has a negative effect on athletic performance. But before science started to look at how what we put into our bodies affects the output, alcohol was not only part of the post-ride cycling culture, it was also thought of as a way to enhance performance. “Alcohol was actually the first form of doping,” says Sean Conway, an endurance athlete who has cycled 16,000 miles around the world. His claims are well-documented, with plenty of photos from early Tour de France events of cyclists ducking into cafes to purchase bottles of wine for the road or sitting down for a drink with locals. “There was sort of this unwritten rule that with alcohol you still feel the pain, but you care less about it.”

These days, athletes know better, and many, including Conway, have traded in booze in favor of performance. We tapped Conway for his take on why he loves Athletic Brewing’s non-alcoholic brews as an alternative for his post-ride beer. Recover Better

At one point in his ultra endurance career, Conway was sleeping in drain pipes and living off of gas station food as he attempted bigger and better athletic feats. That set up was definitely not ideal for recovery since quality sleep, hydration, and nutrition are major factors for maintaining peak athletic performance. For Conway’s upcoming endurance endeavor, however, he’ll be based at home, which will allow him to have a proper nutrition plan and recovery process: fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, ice […]

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