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Stuffing newspaper up the jersey?(13 posts)

Stuffing newspaper up the jersey?Slacker Joe
Jul 26, 2002 11:41 AM
Score one for stupid questions, but about half an hour into yesterday's OLN coverage, I witnessed Lance and a few other guys appearing to unfold something akin to a newspaper and slide it up their jerseys. Rather uncomfortable, I'd think. Can any one fill me in on what that actually was?

Another thing that's been bothering is seeing some of the riders drinking Coke in the middle of a stage. Is that really soda? I'd completely bonk once off the sugar high.
re: Stuffing newspaper up the jersey?Chris
Jul 26, 2002 12:12 PM
Hmm curious. Don't know about the newspaper, though I do know if you're out in the rain, you can stuff a bunch of newspaper in your shoes and they'll be dry by the morning. Perhaps the same principle for this, except soaking up some of the sweat?

As for the coke, yes, they do drink it for both the caffeine and sugar. It's a pretty raunchy diet while on the road, mostly liquid foods, and as Phil and Paul mentioned in the broadcast, a lot of the riders have some bad rumblings in the intestines at this point of the race!

To block the wind and keep the riders warm maybe? nmtz
Jul 26, 2002 12:22 PM
Yep...saw it during the Giro....NPA
Jul 26, 2002 12:35 PM
i think in the giro they were doing it on descents to keep warm. i believe the fans were handing it to them- guess it keeps them from having to carry extra gear and they can just throw it away at the bottom.
Yep...saw it during the Giroatpjunkie
Jul 26, 2002 1:12 PM
Yes, as those races start in low altitude high heat areas racers are wearing summer weight jerseys. At altitude and speed the wind cuts right through and chills the riders so the newspaper serves as a windblock layer they can easily discard at the bottom. Sometimes fans pass it out usually it is the team Soignier or Tour reps as both the Giro and the Tour are sponsored by newspapers and can easily provide the material needed.
Yes Coke, sometimes defizzed. Instant burst to help rebalance the blood sugar. These guys are too well taken care of to worry about the bonk. They are taking nutrition in constantly so a longer more complex sugar will replace the coke once that rush settles, they usually knock one down at the top of a big climb to get an instant boost to help them descend. Last thing you need is a blood sugar crash at 60 mph.
You wouldn't bonk...Wayne
Jul 26, 2002 2:54 PM
from ingesting a sugar drink while exercising. Gatorade is sugar. The energy crash that occurs after ingesting sugar is due to insulin. When exercise you don't get an insulin response (or nothing like when resting), all the sugar transporters are already going full bore to transport sugar from your blood into the working muscle cells anyway.
You wouldn't bonk...atpjunkie
Jul 26, 2002 4:15 PM
yup, that's why all the new energy drinks have 1 pt. protein to 5 pts carb. That 20% protein helps with the insulin regulation which keeps effecient blood sugar uptake. Man, are we a bunch of bike geeks or what?
To get really technical...Wayne
Jul 27, 2002 8:06 AM
that 1/4 ratio of protien/carbs was for recovery drinks. There was research that showed that including some protein in the recovery drink aided glycogen replacement, but I think some stuff since then has contradicted that (funny how just when the supplement industry catches up with some science, studies come out to refudiate the original work). Probably good idea to include the protein anyway since insulin also stimulates protein synthesis in muscle cells and having the amino acids on hand probably couldn't do anything but help.
re: Stuffing newspaper up the jersey?cam3
Jul 27, 2002 4:48 PM
I have actually tried the newspaper trick on a chilly descent and it works to keep you warm.

As for the coke, you have never craved an ice cold soda during a ride?
real answer here:Qubeley
Jul 27, 2002 5:53 PM
Yes, it is newspaper handed out to them at the summit of climb, to block the wind during descend mostly, and maybe pick up a little bit of what's happening in the rest of the world.
No, it is not real Coke. Coca Cola is one of the major sponsor of Le Tour, and the bottle is painted to look like Coke. It's more likely to be some energy drink than soda inside it. You can actually order those "Coke" bottles from many on-line venders (e.g. World Cycling).
Speaking of sponsorship, didn't you notice at the podium of every stage, the winner is always handed a bottle of Coca Cola and a lion? The Coke is for coke, and the lion is for Credit Leonais, the main sponsor of the tour. Weren't there a prize called "ceour de leon" or something, I have a picture of Paolo Bettini riding with a bouquet with "ceour de leon" on it. For bravery, maybe?
Some other craziness I heard: some rider grab bottle of bearings at the top of mountain to make themselves heavier then dispose it when they hit the buttom. Maybe just a rumor.
The coke bottlesPhatMatt
Jul 29, 2002 9:35 AM
I think the poster was refering to a can of coke. I also say the rider drinking a can of coke (not a water bottle)that was given to him from a team car.

The coke bottlesatpjunkie
Jul 29, 2002 3:20 PM
yes Team Car soignier I assume handed him a mini can of coke. Exactly like the ones in their musette bags and it is coke. Yes, I think we know all TdF bottles have Coke Logos on them as well as the Stage Sponsor.
High sugar is bad, but OK if drunk with 18 bottles of water. nmelviento
Jul 27, 2002 6:50 PM