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  • Rufus Cornpone

    I rode the Grand Fondo 100mi. at Tulsa Tough this year and started to feel cramping coming on around mile 70. Fortunately, they had pickle juice in cups at the rest stops! I drank a cup at mile 70 when I felt a tinge of cramping and again at mile 85. I thought my legs were going to lock up from cramps, but 10min. after drinking the pickle juice again, I was ok. It was about 97`and I was hydrating well, so dehydration was not the cause. I think being extremely hot and humid the last 30mi, I agree that EAMC seems to stem from the nervous system. All I can say is it worked for me.

  • norm

    I’ve been suffering from cramps on the bike for years. All the usual tips failed to resolve the problem. More hydration, more electrolytes, more sodium, more magnesium etc etc. Nothing really worked until I tried the pickle juice after seeing some obscure articles on the interwebs. It worked for me, might not work for others. It was around the 60km mark of the Amy Gillet Gran Fondo last year when I cramped. A swig of pickle juice and the cramps just stopped (after about 20-30) seconds. That had never happened before (the cramp stopping so soon and so sudden). This article, the takeaway for me at least, is that we should always keep an open mind and recognize that we aren’t all experts and shouldn’t adopt the status quo as gospel.

  • Lyrebird_Cycles

    Looks like the “magic” ingredients are allyl isothiocyanate (the hot principle from wasabi or mustard) and capsaicin and that they are synergistic if taken together or with the AITC first: http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/860.1.short, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26283426, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25414245.

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  • kamoteQ

    Weekend rider here. Been prone to cramps eversince, whether cycling or running. I can say this because my cycling companions don’t cramp like me. After reading about pickled juice and others, I have used apple cider vinegar with water and so far seems to work. I use a gel flask and fill it with a 3rd or less of ACV and the rest with water.

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  • Miles Frank

    Really like the article, but surprised at the high level athletes like olympians and basketball players would wait until they cramp to treat it… I’ve gone through many studies and different companies products and 1,000’s of km’s – Why would you wait until you’re cramping to fix the problem? That’s like waiting until you get a flat to buy a patch kit, just silly. A well balanced electrolyte formula should be more than just sodium, and with adequate water intake will PREVENT cramps, before they happen, and won’t make the body process extra sodium. Just my .02

    • Steve Sitko

      I’m sorry, but I disagree that consuming a well balanced electrolyte formula will definitely prevent cramps. It will certainly go a long way to helping, but the science as to what actually causes cramps is still inconclusive. I have used a variety of highly regarded electrolyte solutions (not cheap supermarket varieties) and have still succumbed to horrific cramping during half ironman triathlons, and the last two Fitz’s challenges. It seems to be when I really overload my legs – It’s NOT just about electrolytes, I am definitely going to try an apple cider vinegar solution for my next big event.

  • Roger That

    Ok, so what do I do with the leftover pickles? Good for hunger flat I guess.

  • Jimbob

    I use apple cider vinegar and it kills hunger as well. 30ml does the job for me

  • MadBlack

    I just love the taste of pickle juice and cannot wait for all the pickles to be eaten.

    Having said that I also used to suffer from severe cramping which has been a non issue ever since discovering endurolytes.


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