Monday, May 7, 2012

Public Service Announcement - Hold on to Your Bottles

Every race season, countless crashes are caused by bouncing bidons.


With the Poolesville Road race this weekend, it's time to take off those fancy carbon cages, and install some cheap aluminum ones. Bend em a bit to make 'em extra snug.

Dropped bottles are bad enough, but somehow the idea of tossing your bottle at the end of the race persists as an acceptable practice in some minds. IT IS NOT. You'd have to be as skinny as "the next great American Climber" for 2oz. of plastic to hold you back.

Don't believe that it's dangerous? Check it:

Together, we can make a difference.


Burt Friggin' Hoovis said...

Back in 1997 I was a 1st year cat II doing the P1-2 race at the Tour de Toona. Going up the last climb on the Martinsburg stage, I chucked a bottle before the sprint. To my horror, the bottle hit the top of Bart Bowen's wheel as he rode next to me. By some miracle, it simply hit is tire and bounced off harmlessly into the grass. Bart didn't say anything, but the stare he gave me could have turned goat piss into gasoline. I spent the rest of the race as far away from anyone in a Saturn jersey as I could (which wasn't that tough, as they weren't at the back very often).

If I ever see that guy again I'll thank him for not punching me in the face.


Anonymous said...

One of my unfancy Forte carbon cages broke at Poolesville. Bottle somehow did not fall off before I grabbed it. Next time I won't doubt YGD!