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Water / Food during races??(4 posts)

Water / Food during races??Ince
Jul 1, 2001 2:13 AM
When is it appropriate to carry water and food in a race. For time trials, most pros do not seem to. how about road races/ crits/ triathalon? As a side note, where is the best place for water on an aero frame - downtube, camelback, or seatpost mount?
re: Water / Food during races??TJeanloz
Jul 1, 2001 12:20 PM
It's up to you when to carry water and food in a race. For me, anything around an hour (ie crits) took one water bottle. Longer than that, two bottles. For races longer than 1hr, carrying food is a decent idea. Pros have food handed up to them at designated points on the course so they don't have to carry it around.

In terms of Aero water bottles, on the frame is the place to be. According to John Cobb's wind tunnel testing, a couple of bottles on the frame make the bike more aero than a naked frame. Just look at pictures of Lance at last year's TdF TT's- he's got a HUGE waterbottle on his seattube.
Aerodynamics and Water BottlesJon Billheimer
Jul 1, 2001 2:58 PM
TJ,

You're right! I just went and had a look at Graham Watson's photos from the Tour. I had understood that Lance's TT bike had a bladder inside the downtube for water. At least that's what Trek widely advertised. Question: on a 40k TT how much would you drink and how often? The last one I did I stayed aero the whole time and didn't sit up to drink, fearing I'd lose too much time. But then, it was pretty cool too, about 60 deg.
Aerodynamics and Water BottlesTJeanloz
Jul 2, 2001 11:43 AM
If it were really hot, and I had a good opportunity to drink without losing much time, I'd take a few gulps in a 40k. If it were cool (for me <70 degrees) I think I'd go without. The key for me is to hit the start line really well hydrated. Over the course of a 45min-1hr warm up, I'll try to drink two big bottles worth, usually of a apple juice/water mix. It comes down to a personal decision that you need to get comfortable with, how much time are you losing by drinking vs. how much time you're losing due to dehydration?