|Title||High dose Nitrate ingestion does not improve 40 km cycling time trial performance in trained cyclists|
|Authors||Mosher, S., Gough, L., Deb, S., Saunders, B., McNaughton, L., Brown, D. and Sparks, S.A.|
This study evaluated the chronic effects of nitrate (NO3−) ingestion over three days, on 40 km TT performance in 11trained cyclists (VO2max: 60.8 ± 7.4 ml.kg−1.min−1; age: 36 ± 9 years; height: 1.80 ± 0.06 m; body mass: 87.2 ± 12.0 kg). Utilising a double-blind randomised cross-over design, participants completed three 40 km TT on a Velotron® ergometer following the ingestion of either a 140 ml of “BEET It sport®” NO3− shot containing 12.8 mmol or 800 mg of NO3−, a placebo drink or nothing (control). Performance, oxygen consumption (VO2), blood bicarbonate (HCO3-), pH and lactate (BLa) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were measured every 10 km throughout the TT. The present findings show that NO3− ingestion had no effect on TT performance (NO3−: 4098.0 ± 209.8 vs. Placebo: 4161.9 ± 263.3 s, p = 0.296, ES = 0.11), or VO2 (p = 0.253, ES = 0.13). Similarly, blood lactate and RPE were also unaffected by the experimental conditions (p = 0.522, ES = 0.06; p = 0.085, ES = 0.30) respectively. Therefore, these results suggest that a high dose of NO3− over three days has limited efficacy as an ergogenic aid for 40 km TT cycling performance in trained cyclists.
|Keywords||Beetroot juice, time trial, RPE, cycling, Nitrate ingestion|
|Journal||Research in Sports Medicine: an International Journal|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/15438627.2019.1586707|
|Published online||08 Mar 2019|