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Gross, but serious question.(20 posts)

Gross, but serious question.Honest roadie
Aug 6, 2001 7:21 AM
After having watched the TDF this year, I have a serious (albeit sort of gross question). The some stages were over 5 hrs long. How to the riders relieve themselves? Do they stop and go behind a tree? Do they relieve thier bladders while on the bike? And now the gross question, what about #2? Do the support vehicles have bathrooms? Serious question.
re: Gross, but serious question.VictorChan
Aug 6, 2001 7:46 AM
I don't think they have to because whatever they ate and drank won't be wasted. Whatever they digested would be converted into energy.
gold!Jack S
Aug 6, 2001 8:45 AM
what a great answer!
don't usually need toDog
Aug 6, 2001 7:53 AM
The average stage is around 100 miles, up to around 130 miles, I think. They average around 25 mph or more, so they finish stages in 3-6 hours, depending upon hills.

They will sometimes agree and just stop and pee on the side of the road. Some will slow and pee out their shorts leg to the side. Sometimes, they get "permission" from the group, speed out ahead, take a leak, and rejoin as the group goes by. But, for the most part, they either don't have to or just hold it. As far as number 2, they likely won't need to unless they have a problem.

I've gone well over 6 hours on the bike without peeing. Not a big deal.

I'm in aweak
Aug 6, 2001 8:45 AM
at the size you portray. I mean, you must be huge to think that the rest of us are big enough to hang it down the leg of our shorts. I don't mean to speak for everyone here, but during a long ride I pretty much shrivel up into a nice compact and aerodynamic pube-covered buldge, and I've always been pretty proud of my standard operating size. My shorts come down to the middle of my quad and I know there's no way in hell I could ever pull my wang out the leg unless it had it removed. Here's my diagnosis: you're either not a guy adn your husband is well-endowed, you've never worn riding shorts, or you've got an elephant trunk attached to your pelvis. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume #3. Sir, may I have your autograph?
not meDog
Aug 6, 2001 9:25 AM
I've never done it, but have seen it done by others several times. I'm not going to risk peeing all over myself and my bike. I'd rather hold it.

Not sure how others pull this off. BTW, for a good laugh, check this out:

Laughing out loudjtolleson
Aug 6, 2001 11:15 AM
Ak, not much on this board makes me laugh out loud, but your post did. Thanks.
I aim to please (pun intended) nmak
Aug 6, 2001 12:28 PM
re: Gross, but serious question.Whatever
Aug 6, 2001 7:56 AM
Re: number one, they either pee while on their bikes, or stop and try to work their way back to the pack. The on-the-bike technique (which I have never seen or tried, only read about) seems to involve pulling up one leg or your shorts very high and pivoting your hips that direction...I'll let you fill in the details.

Re: number two, I suspect that since these guys are highly trained for the events, which happen at the same time every day, their daily body cycles have them "empty" at the necessary as long as they don't have some illness or other problem, it just is not a factor most of the time.
Riveting footage.9WorCP
Aug 6, 2001 8:57 AM
If you watched the OLN live coverage for stage 7 (or 8? The day after the Team time trial if I remember correctly) you would have been able to see Jonathan Vaughters in full frontal glory for a solid 10 or 15 seconds. Credit Agricole was riding tempo at the front when one of the guys in green pulls over to the side, sits up while coasting, pulls down the front of his bib and runs water over the pavement. The camera man on the back of the motorcycle either didn't notice or perhaps was transfixed for he held him in frame for the entire procedure.
there was some peeing on OLN this yearHank
Aug 6, 2001 8:02 AM
sometime riders get their teamates to steady their bikes for them as they whiz
re: Gross, but serious question.Mel Erickson
Aug 6, 2001 8:55 AM
This has been asked and answered before but here goes. Yes, they need to relieve themselves. Sometimes they drift to the back and side, hike up a leg of their shorts and go. Sometimes they stop. For #2 they have to get off but I would think it would be rare. I'm not aware of travelling porta potties. If you remember when, in the Tour, the peloton was stopped by the train there were a number of riders off to the side of the road with their backs to the camera. Guess what?
Recent VeloNews had a picture...biknben
Aug 6, 2001 9:16 AM
of at least 20 guys lined up along a hedge row relieving themselves. It was the first time I'd seen a photo like that. I thought the organizers forbade (forbid?) the press to show this kind of stuff or something.

I wrote a few months ago about my own "pee on the bike" experience. Do a search and check it out. I won't repeat it since some people thought it was innopropriate.

When ya Gotta go...Go
Sometimes you just have to use a given opportunity...JL
Aug 6, 2001 9:43 AM

Happy (non-emergency potty free) Riding
looks like none of them is using Doug Sloan's method :-)ET
Aug 6, 2001 10:14 AM
And don't follow rider 136's example; he's losing unnecessary time by clicking out of *both* pedals. :-)
If you think that's gross . . .DCW
Aug 6, 2001 12:35 PM
Greg Lemond tells a story about racing while he was in the throes of explosive diarrhea attacks. He didn't dismount. He just kept riding and oozing from his shorts. The guys on Greg's wheel got wheel spray that made them long for the mud of Paris-Roubaix. The pros really earn their pay some days.
Whre did you read that???biknben
Aug 6, 2001 2:54 PM
I too remember reading that but for the life of me can't remember where. Refresh my memory, please.
Whre did you read that???12x23
Aug 6, 2001 3:37 PM
I read the same thing 10+yrs ago. Don't recall where. I want to think this was from the 1986 TdF. Best I remember a rider recalled the smell was terrible, then the spray, followed by Lemond getting plenty of space.
Greg Lemond's Complete Book of BicyclingDCW
Aug 7, 2001 4:39 AM
and Lemond has the audacity to call Lance "dirty"GW Rider
Aug 7, 2001 11:47 AM