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What do you do if you have to go?(11 posts)

What do you do if you have to go?Jim
Mar 30, 2001 10:07 PM
I'm watching countless cycling tapes and not once has Phil Ligget said
"There goes Ulrich, off to the bushes to take a whiz" 6-7 hours in the saddle and nature has to call. What about #2. I'm really wondering.
When you gotta go you gotta go...biknben
Mar 31, 2001 9:38 AM
They just pull over and let it fly then catch back up to the group. The press doesn't doesn't comment about it. It's kinda like in the US when a fan runs out on the field during a game. They just won't show it.

CycleSport published a picture accidentally last year showing the TDF yellow jersey with his winkie hangin out under his shorts fertilizing the sunflowers. I forget who it was but it was during the first week of the race so it wasn't LA.

I read a story once about Lemond doing "#3" in his shorts when he was having extreme bowel distress. It went on to mention how guys were avoiding the spray from his rear tire. Don't know how true but I did read that somewhere.
That explains it...PaulCL
Mar 31, 2001 11:57 AM
...why the pro's don't mind racing in the rain: they can just "go" in their shorts.
Isn't it a custom in the TDF to slow the peloton if the yellow jersey has to pull over to the side??? I thought I heard that from Phil Ligget once??????
Bad Form ...Breck
Apr 1, 2001 6:20 PM
At one time it was considered bad form to attack in the feed zone; attack the Leader if he had flatted; slowed or stopped for the call of nature.

Yep, not good to attack when the leader is using the headJ.S.
Apr 2, 2001 2:21 PM
but that's exactly what happened to Laurent Jalabert last year when he lost the yellow jersey. Jackie Durand attacked when he saw Jalabert stop to pee, the press later called it the pee pot incident. Durand is known for doing shading things like this.
He denied itHap
Apr 3, 2001 5:46 AM
Durand argeed that attacking during an Arret-pee pee was form tres mal. He said that he did't know JaJa was stopping. It was quit a scandal.

Be a proKerry Irons
Apr 1, 2001 7:20 AM
Many pros have learned how to whiz off the bike - either coasting on a slight downhill or with a helpful push along from a team mate. There are also "spontaneous moments" where several riders will stop and then TTT back to the group. There was a great picture in VeloNews in 1989 of Fignon at the side of the road - the caption was "8 seconds?" Regards #2 - how many times do you go in a day? Generally it's called "plan ahead" although Bob Roll tells of a story of having to dump it during Paris-Roubaix where he jumped over a hedge, did his business, and turned around to see a family picnicing on the grass just a few yards away. They got their "up close and personal" view of bicycle racing that day.
What a great way to say "Bon Apetit" to the picnicking family!DG
Apr 1, 2001 4:39 PM
I read this hilarious account by an american rider riding in the Tour of Langkawi this year--a major part of the peloton came down with a stomach flu and they were taking dumps, left right, and center, in front of applauding audiences!
A must read by Scott Sunderland-Tour of Langkawi!DG
Apr 1, 2001 4:49 PM


"Malaysia was fun, and it was great for Team bonding and a perfect way to have a training camp but it surely wasn't that favourable to your gut. Even though Team Fakta was the only team to finish complete, we had our fair share of diarrhoea and flu. It took most of the European riders a while to adjust to the Eastern diet and the bowels kicked up a stink in most cases.

During one stage, I estimate 15 guys had to take sanitary breaks, trying to get their gear off in time not to soil their nicks. Some guys were the subjects of mockery and their mishaps in the digestive process made for some hilarious sights. The locals thought it was great entertainment and a few guys were cheered on while running for the bushes. Twenty kilometres before the finish my team mate Morten Sonne suddenly stopped dead in his tracks; he got off, hung his butt over a ditch and whilst hanging onto a post so he wouldn't fall in he looked up and saw the spectators on the other side of the road laughing and clapping their hands. (Sorry Morten, had to mention this!)

As the race rolled into a quieter moment, another unfortunate (Bonjour) rider came sweeping past and cut in front of the peloton to the side of the road, onto a small dirt track. He was running before his feet touched ground, simultaneously pulling his shirt over his head, flying towards the shrubs, hoping to make it in time...

Even yellow jersey wearer Jans Koerts wasn't spared that day, he had to stop twice, but the peloton was sympathetic towards him."
Waving the white flagtommyb
Apr 5, 2001 7:40 AM
I've heard that by waving a white flag of toilet paper, the peleton will allow a rider to solo off the front, knowing that they will catch him soon as he finishes his business in a discreet location. I guess it's easier to move on ahead and then not have to chase as hard afterwards.
re: What do you do if you have to go?SSA
Apr 10, 2001 3:26 PM
I did my first road race last Sunday and I had to go... so I DID! I had already lost the pack any way, because I had to swerve and slow down to avoid a dude who crashed in front of me. After I wizzed I felt so much better and I just started cranking! I managed to pass about a dozen people (who also lost the pack) before I crossed the finish. And to think I already had a good pee before the race. I actually had time to go again before the gun because the race started 1/2 hour late, but I could have never predicted that. I didn't want to miss the start. Oh well, I learned a lot and more importantly had fun.