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Old 04-18-08, 06:07 PM   #1
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Eddy Merckx hour record

I'm a big fan of Eddy Merckx and while viewing his record setting attempt I noticed that he rubbed substance of some sort on his neck and nostrils. Looking at the comments below the clip some think its either holy water or maybe menthol. I could believe one or the other but would like to know what you guys think it is.

Think this will get you there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-U0g...eature=related

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Old 04-19-08, 12:24 PM   #2
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my guess would be that it was a mentholated substance like Vic's VapoRub, to keep his sinuses clear and open. But that's just a guess.
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my guess would be that it was a mentholated substance like Vic's VapoRub, to keep his sinuses clear and open. But that's just a guess.
Exactly right. This was a common practice up through the 80s, at least.
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Olbas oil. Still used today. You will see lots of guys using this stuff in the infield of any track race. I have used it to open up my sinuses before races during allergy season. Works great.

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yep... seee


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Studies have shown that the ofactory response to peppermint has significant endurance benefits. I used to drop some oil onto my gloves during races.
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That and everyone and their mother's using those breathe right nose strips now.
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