Research Opportunities

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Does sodium citrate enhance cycling performance?


Does sodium citrate enhance cycling performance?

Why do we need you?

  • We are looking for volunteer cyclists to act as participants in an undergraduate laboratory class.

  • You will receive a report outlining your results and responsiveness to sodium citrate.

Who can participate?

  • 18 years or older
  • Male or female cyclists
  • Familiar with high intensity cycling
  • Available to attend the University of Essex on two occasions, 7-days apart (see timeslots below)

Available dates and timeslots:

- Tuesday 29th November 10.00-12.00 AND Tuesday 6th December 10.00-12.00

- Thursday 1st December 09.00-12.00 AND Thursday 8th December 09.00-12.00

- Thursday 1st December 13.00-16.00 AND Thursday 8th December 13.00-16.00

- Friday 2nd December 14.00-17.00 AND Friday 9th December 14.00-17.00

Participation involves:

Consumption of a solution 60-min prior to warm up containing either sodium citrate or a placebo.

The investigation will consist of two exercise phases:

    1. 10-minute cycle at 80% HR max
    2. 3-minute maximal cycle test. 
  • Fingertip blood sampling to measure lactate. 

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Dr Chris McManus (