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why do pros stuff cotton in their nose before TT's?(9 posts)

why do pros stuff cotton in their nose before TT's?benito
Nov 5, 2002 6:18 PM
I was reading a few select euro cycling magazines and saw a few pics of pros before TT's with cotton stuffed in their noses, for their warmup n such, and can't really understand why.

Why, God, why?!

Not cotton...Ahimsa
Nov 5, 2002 7:19 PM
...but rather dental sponges. Simoni's dentist has been handing them out. Everyone seems to really like them. A lot.


Umm, ok...VertAddict
Nov 5, 2002 8:20 PM
...but the question was why. Seems like the antithesis of those strips the football players like that open your nose up more so you can breathe more easily.
COKE MAN!! COKE!!collinsc
Nov 5, 2002 8:49 PM
well, no not really. rumor has it they are moistened with various decongestant agents (olba's is one ive heard mentioned) to help open up airways.

I bet it would be one hell of a race, though, if they were coated in coke or meth or something else good.
COKE MAN!! COKE!!tremblay
Nov 5, 2002 11:26 PM
Meth! Imagine being pumped up on speed and going out for a time trial. That is, if you didn't die in the process.
COKE MAN!! COKE!!Lactate Junkie
Nov 6, 2002 10:36 AM
Tommy Simpson?
The cotton has...Wayne
Nov 6, 2002 3:53 AM
something on it that's suppose to help "open up" the lungs. Usually something with a spearmint or menthol type smell or something along those lines. I have no idea if any of those things actually do relax the bronchials but that's the rationale for it. Often you'll see them blow the cotton out of their noses as they ride up onto the starting ramp for the TT's.
That would be a nasty place to walk toward the end of a TT nmPdxMark
Nov 6, 2002 9:51 AM
re: why do pros stuff cotton in their nose before TT's?Lactate Junkie
Nov 6, 2002 10:37 AM
I think it is oil of wintergreen