Each sport has its own specifics. The most general distinction is the division into typically endurance sports and strength sports. They differ radically, especially in physiological terms. In the body of an endurance athlete, completely different biochemical processes occur than in the body of an athlete training strength training, for example with barbells. This state of affairs means that nutrition for cycling and endurance sports is completely different than nutrition in the context of strength sports, such as weightlifting, powerlifting or bodybuilding. However, some issues remain unchanged, although the approach to certain things is slightly different. Both cyclists and representatives of endurance sports must provide the body with the right amount of protein . Protein functions as a building block in the body. The individual amino acids from which the protein is made play the role of building blocks, which are responsible for rebuilding muscles after training and after hard competitions. These muscles are damaged to varying degrees, depending on the physiological characteristics of the effort. Therefore, protein supply varies, depending on whether the menu is considered for cycling and endurance sports, or rather for strength sports.
For strength sports , where most of the training is based on relatively short series with a heavy load, such as barbell bench press or training on bodybuilding training machines, you should provide the body with about 2 grams of protein per kilogram of lean body mass. These are the recommendations of dietitians. In terms of cycling and endurance sports, these recommendations are slightly different. It is recommended to provide about 1.5 g of protein per kilogram of lean body mass. This amount is enough to properly rebuild your muscles after a hard endurance workout. Such a difference is due to the fact that endurance sports otherwise degrade muscles. They do not cause as much damage to muscle fibers, which means that for cycling and other endurance sports you do not need to consume as much protein as in the case of strength sports.