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    Is it legal to have somebody hand you a water bottle during the race?

    USCF sanctioned, CAT V, 5 loops of 7 miles with a slightly nasty .9 mile hill in the middle. I was thinking on the last couple laps when I'm about to explode it would be easier to climb if I drop the water bottle before the hill, climb a couple pounds lighter, and then have a friend hand me a new bottle at the top. At this point the field will most likely be spread out and easy to do the hand off. Is this legal or not? There is no feeding zone within the CAT V race and it wouldn't be within the designated zone anyway.

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    I don't think so.... But if you happen to find a water bottle sitting at the top of the hill you might get away with picking it up. The question is, could you pick up a water bottle while rolling along at race speed. Chances are the couple pounds makes no difference in compared to the hassle of getting a bottle every lap.
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    Only if there is a specified feed zone. Otherwise, no.
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    Definitely no.

    If there's no designated feed zone, hand-ups are not allowed.

    You may think you're helping your cause by dumping the extra weight, but you aren't. And if you cause a crash, the referees will be the least of your concerns. The other riders will likely hang you from the finish line banner.

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    Is this a USCF rule?

    The reason I ask is that in Europe riders take lots of drinks from spectators. So it must not be a UCI rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard
    Is this a USCF rule?

    The reason I ask is that in Europe riders take lots of drinks from spectators. So it must not be a UCI rule.
    Many a professional has suffered stomach ailments during a race by accepting foodstuffs from well meaning spectators. Frankie Andreau once mentioned that if it wasn't a commercially prepared product in a sealed container, he would only accept water to wash over his head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegy200
    Many a professional has suffered stomach ailments during a race by accepting foodstuffs from well meaning spectators. Frankie Andreau once mentioned that if it wasn't a commercially prepared product in a sealed container, he would only accept water to wash over his head.
    Yes I know. I've never seen a rider punished for it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeegy200
    Many a professional has suffered stomach ailments during a race by accepting foodstuffs from well meaning spectators. Frankie Andreau once mentioned that if it wasn't a commercially prepared product in a sealed container, he would only accept water to wash over his head.
    ...until he is out of water, dehydrated, and struggling to stay in the bus on the Galibier and his team car is the last one in the procession.

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    You're racing Cat5. Losing a pound before a climb is not going to make or break the race for you.

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    It's a USCF rule.

    Also, if you're a Cat 5, I would refrain from registering for a pro race in Europe.

    But if you insist, then I would urge you to carry your own water up Galibier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
    Only if there is a specified feed zone. Otherwise, no.

    This is correct. BTW it's only 35 miles. Take a couple of bottles with you. You should finish this race in 2hrs or less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices
    It's a USCF rule.

    Also, if you're a Cat 5, I would refrain from registering for a pro race in Europe.

    But if you insist, then I would urge you to carry your own water up Galibier.

    Hah!!! A nice laugh on Monday morning.

    good one.

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    I would imagine the the USCF (know that the OCA does) follows the UCI guidelines that says, no feeding in races shorter than 50km (31miles)... and only in designated feeding zones.

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