How to Choose a Sports Drink, 1899

intense man with mustache standing at bicycle Charles Terront (Le Petit Journal, Sept. 26, 1891)

The cause of thirst, what best quenches it, what one should not drink, the opinion of the medical profession in regard to the fancy drinks, etc., are all questions which profoundly interest the bicyclist… Of the different fancy drinks, iron tonics, blood purifiers, magic strength-impacters, etc., it is necessary to say very little. Leave them alone, one and all, from A to Z. They are apt to do you more harm than good. It is true the effects of Kola and its class are increased strength, endurance, wind and general well-being, as long as you continue to take them in ever-increasing doses, but when you stop – what then? Collapse… If you require a drink that shall be strengthening as well as refreshing, you can take nothing better than a glass of cool water with a teaspoonful of Wyeth’s Beef Juice in it. The nourishment in that will be equal in amount to what is contained in a half-pound of steak.

Victor Neesen, Dr. Neesen’s Book on Wheeling

Looking for a performance-enhancing drink that won’t get you in trouble for doping? Try beef juice: so much more convenient than sucking on a steak during the race.