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    Litter Bugs

    whats up with the riders chucking hunreds of plastic water bottles into the bushes while they ride ? from what i have seen most of them are not picked up. i thought cyclists were holier than thou environmentalists who rage against machines that pollute. they arent looking very eco friendly right now

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    Whatever gave you the idea that the sport of cycling was environmentally friendly?
    The bottles are usually thrown to clumps of spectators so they'll be picked up as souvenirs, but if they're done a bottle and they have no use for it or if they're coming to a climb, then it's bye bye bottle.

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    Same stupid post every single year.

    Every single water bottle, musset and scrap will eventually be picked up by someone as a souvenir. If you watch racing for more than a week you'll see people knocking each other over for the honor or climbing down into a ditch to recover a tossed bottle.
    i may have overreacted

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    also - as noted last year - it's much safer to throw it clear of the road so as not to endanger following riders.

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    Agreed. dumb post.

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    A while back I was watching a local race when someone tossed a water bottle near me. I figured, cool, a free water bottle, so I grabbed it. It was kinda seedy looking so I took it home and put it in the dishwasher. After all that, there was marginal improvement, so I recycled it.

    Maybe if it had been Erik Zabel's bottle I'd have taken a chance with the cooties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    i thought cyclists were holier than thou environmentalists who rage against machines that pollute. they arent looking very eco friendly right now
    what are you, 12? if you were tuning in that intently we could assume you've seen the team support cars, the team buses, the motorcycles filming the race, the banners for skoda... the planes that transported some of the riders to race. c'mon.

    have you ever seen the waste produced by a large earth day celebration?

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    Please don't take this thread to a P&R zone
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    whats up with the riders chucking hunreds of plastic water bottles into the bushes while they ride ? from what i have seen most of them are not picked up. i thought cyclists were holier than thou environmentalists who rage against machines that pollute. they arent looking very eco friendly right now
    try using a bigger brush next time

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    This thread makes me LOL.

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    Ya,the bottles and food bags(mussets) are souvenirs for the roadside fans.

    It's not like they're going to re-fill them at the next town's cafe.....it's not that kind of tour.
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    At least the volume is down in the Post Armstrong era, and now particularly without an American GC contender.


    And by the way, when do you think Hincapie's going to make his big move? Is he just saving himself for the Alps?
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grudgemonkey View Post
    This thread makes me LOL.
    This thread makes me want to weep

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    i thought cyclists were holier than thou environmentalists who rage against machines that pollute. they arent looking very eco friendly right now
    You haven't heard about people flying across the planet to ride a mountain in a middle of country most Americans can't find on a map? It just boggles your mind that people actually ride a bike for fun without environmentalist cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post


    And by the way, when do you think Hincapie's going to make his big move? Is he just saving himself for the Alps?
    That post just made my day. And to answer your question, he's definetly saving himself for a blistering escape on the final stage where he will make up all the time he lost in the mountains, plus an extra 10 minutes. ASO will be so impressed, that they will hand him the Roubaix crown at the same time.
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    I have Hincapie's bottle from last years TDF TT in Angouleme. He didn't win but he is big George.

    I swiped it as he was being interviewed by Neal Rogers. Greatest day of my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    At least the volume is down in the Post Armstrong era, and now particularly without an American GC contender.


    And by the way, when do you think Hincapie's going to make his big move? Is he just saving himself for the Alps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGDub View Post
    That post just made my day. And to answer your question, he's definetly saving himself for a blistering escape on the final stage where he will make up all the time he lost in the mountains, plus an extra 10 minutes. ASO will be so impressed, that they will hand him the Roubaix crown at the same time.
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGDub View Post
    That post just made my day. And to answer your question, he's definetly saving himself for a blistering escape on the final stage where he will make up all the time he lost in the mountains, plus an extra 10 minutes. ASO will be so impressed, that they will hand him the Roubaix crown at the same time.
    ....seriously though, gotta love George
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    Whatever gave you the idea that the sport of cycling was environmentally friendly?
    Yeah, there are more vehicles in front of and behind the peloton than you will find on the average major city interstate at rush hour. And that's for starters.

    Then there's the number of semi's that haul all the stuff to the next stage...

    Then there's the trucks that haul all the tv equipment.

    Then there's the helicopters hovering over the race.

    Then there's all the fans driving from stage to stage.

    And on and on...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadco View Post
    You really need to get this forum section retitled Tour de France expert observations only
    There are other forums. They are for informed discussion. But this one is a lot more amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeddlingPilgrim View Post
    what are you, 12? if you were tuning in that intently we could assume you've seen the team support cars, the team buses, the motorcycles filming the race, the banners for skoda... the planes that transported some of the riders to race. c'mon.

    have you ever seen the waste produced by a large earth day celebration?
    sounds like Al Gore on his global warming tour.
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    riders have been instructed to try and piff empty bidons "towards spectators".

    Not sure of the ramifications if they don't...

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    As explained during today's Eurosport coverage: There is a clean-up team that follows the Tour after every stage to pick up EVERYTHING - not only the stuff tossed by the riders, but also the trash left behind by all the spectators.

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    Some of those bottles even end up in fleabay, so you too have the chance to own a true TDF souvenir.

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