It would seem very distracting even to a professional rider to have a jug full of water poured down your back as you are climbing a cat 1. I even see some guys run along and squirt water from a water bottle on the back of thier neck.
I know when I ride I regulate my own body temp to where I need it and if someone dumped water on me when I didnt want it, it would effect me negatively.
Do the riders welcome this or is it a distraction? Are some fans just giant jerks or do they really think they are helping thier favorite guy or to the opposite hurting thier least favorite guy?
Most of what I have read from riders is that they tolerate it but dont like it too much. Why cant the fan on the side of the road be more respectful of these riders and not throw a water on them out of nowhere.
Ive never raced so maybe im missing something.