Do cyclists use whey protein?

This question is about Nutrition and Cycling

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Freelance Writer

Yes, many cyclists use

whey protein

. Whey protein is a byproduct of milk and the main component in many protein powders. 

Many athletes supplement their diets with whey protein after a ride to help with muscle recovery and repair. Whey protein is rich in leucine, an amino acid shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis


. (You can read more about leucine



Whey protein in a clear scoop on a wooden background

[1] Kerksick, C.M., Wilborn, C.D., Roberts, M.D. et al. ISSN exercise & sports nutrition review update: research & recommendations. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 15, 38 (2018).