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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 09-09-10, 06:37 PM   #1
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Noobie question. How do you carry water?

Do you use bottle cages on your frame, or carry bottles in a jersey pocket, or ?

I'm talking about during a race.

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Old 09-09-10, 06:59 PM   #2
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Usually don't

I never have, and most people don't. That said, I've decided if there's a hot race in the next few weeks I will take one of the small bottles from an old running fuel belt (about 4 oz) and stick it in a jersey pocket. There's not much chance to drink in a typical cross race.
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At 30min to 60min, you don't really need it unless it's really really hot. If it's hot, the race officials may allow handups. Otherwise, hydrate well the night before and day of the race. Being thirsty, along with the pain, and being wet and cold, it part of the suffering fun. Love it and embrace it.
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OK thanks. One other question. Do racers ever ride in the drop position of their handlebars? I've never seen it in the videos I've watched.
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There's not much chance to drink in a typical cross race.
Almost all start/finish areas are flattish pavement. If you're racing 40 minutes or more in early-season heat, icy water will help, at the very least psychologically. A wire bottlecage on the seattube won't get in the way for most people. Or jersey pocket, tho' that heats the water pretty quickly. Best option is a handup, check with the race organizer for the rules.
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OK thanks. One other question. Do racers ever ride in the drop position of their handlebars? I've never seen it in the videos I've watched.
Absolutely. If you've got bars with a little flare (or a lot), this can be a really good position to control the bike on technical sections.
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x2 on what's been said.

I carry water in my jersey when warming up and to the start line. Before the start, I toss it aside, and pick it up later.

I use the drops on tech descents and fast paved sections, otherwise, I'm usually on the hoods. Or, the flats if I'm totally gassed.
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drops on tech descents
This. Much safer and you won't get clawhand.
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I usually chug a bottle a few minutes before the race starts. Although, one year I raced an early-season race wearing a Camelbak because it was in the upper 70's.
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One of the reasons top mount 2nd brake levers are popular
is a steep decent in the drops, is scary for some folks ,
particularly if they're used to riding mountain bikes.
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