- Amateurs discarding bidons
On my spin out today, the number of cyclists on really nice bikes made me think that with all the money washing around amateur cycling, have we got to the stage where there are reports of amateur cyclists throwing their empty bidon away mid-ride?
I’m not talking about amateur races, I mean just a casual Sunday ride, for example.
I’m not knocking it either, if anyone has done it, well why not?
Actually I might try it next time I’m out and am near other cyclists (I’ll go back and get it later, obviously)Posted 2 years ago
ugarizza – Member
Thanks Kryton, I thought it would be done at some level. Everything pro seems to filter through.
I agree with you, if people are teaching their kids that, then it’s not right!
But it’s massively different doing it in a closed circuit race where people picking them up to a road. Though please pop back when you see somebody actually doing it….Posted 2 years agoMSPMember
There’s a triathlon around Cannock Chase every year. Water bottles (bidon-shaped) get handed out at Marquis Drive. If you grab a bottle, what are you supposed to do with it if your two cages are already occupied by empties?
Triathlons are notoriously tough for littering, instant expulsion from the race if a marshal spots you discarding bottle or gel wrapper outside a feed zone. It is a shame most other events are not half as strict.Posted 2 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
My local circuit race has a complete ban on throwing water bottles. Riders used to do it in the last few laps to “save weight” as they built up to get their prestigious 27th place in the sprint. Then one hit the fence, bounced back into the road and took out half a dozen riders.
Instant DQ if you’re seen throwing it no matter how “careful” you are. Start with a bottle = finish with a bottle.Posted 2 years ago
Ha, I stand by the use of bidon and am neither French nor a pro.
I’ll ignore the other category 🙂
I wouldn’t use the word at home, or even with the people I ride with.
But I secretly like it and have no shame about that, I just need to be more careful about where I use it 🙂
(@oldtalent – I don’t know but if I find out, they’re mine! Could be like used golf balls on a course if it takes off)Posted 2 years ago
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