Sports science is becoming ever more concerned with physiological uniqueness — how we’re all subtly but significantly different from one another. A ‘one size fits all’ training and nutrition plan doesn’t cut the mustard any more. Fully realising one’s own unique quota of potential requires an individually tailored plan. With regard to food, it’s obvious: a diet perfect for one cyclist may be totally unsuitable for another. So, what about drinking? Do the same rules apply to us all, or do we each need a personalised hydration plan using special drinks precisely formulated with added electrolytes?

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