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Caffeine is known to be a performance enhancing drug and, in bonkers quantities, was previously on WADA’s list of prohibited substances. Currently it’s on WADA’s ‘watch list’ but, clearly, preventing pro cyclists from taking on a double espresso or three at the Tour de France’s village depart is a big no-no.
Caffeine is not just found in coffee, it’s also now a staple in energy gels.
So, the BBC.co.uk report headlined ‘Caffeine use common in athletes’ is hardly ground-breaking stuff. The report is based on a study by researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.
“A third of track and field athletes and 60% of cyclists reported taking caffeine before competing.”
The BBC quotes Mark Stuart , a pharmacist for the Sydney Olympics, who said:
“There still seems to be some scope for athletes to exploit commonly available dietary supplements, such as caffeine, with minimal consequence.”
So, next time you pass a Starbucks at the start of a ride, keep on passing, the dope docs have got their eye on you.
And stop using energy powders in your water bottles. Maltodextrin is a performance enhancing substance and, to sports purists, really ought to be considered ethically unclean, and banned.