We can't say it enough, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do on a ride. But if you think that staying hydrated is all about drinking water, then you're missing half the story. Your body also needs electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magnesium to maintain proper functioning during exercise.
Learn more with our Cycling Nutrition: Advanced Guide to Hydration.
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Important Note: This guide provides a basic overview of cycling related hydration and nutrition, but should not be considered exhaustive. If cycling is a major part of your lifestyle, or if you are dealing with a particular health issue, we highly recommend that you seek out a qualified sports nutritionist. (Our lawyers made us say that, but it's actually good advice)