In hot weather there is nothing more important than staying hydrated on the bike, whether you’re riding a couple of miles to the shops or a 200km mountain stage in the Vuelta a Espana.
Inspired by the selfless domestiques ferrying dozens of water bottles to and from their team-mates, we thought we’d try to see how many we could carry. The answer was 29.
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Very well, if you insist…
… Standing in my shawl
… one more for the road
Don’t bottle it up: Mules of the peloton
Erick Rowsell (NetApp-Endura)[left]
I think I got 10 in the last stage of Vuelta a Burgos, a really hot and hilly stage. The Endura jerseys are good actually; we got sent special summer jerseys that are a lot better ventilated and they had a good bit of stretch to get plenty down the back!
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Sky)[right]
At Sky I don’t think they’ll let you be a hero. Usually they’ll tell you nine is enough. I’ve been sent back for bottles at a time when I was thinking, ‘oh I won’t go back for bottles now, I’m pretty sure there’s a climb, but I’ve been asked so I will.’ Maybe they’re trying to stitch me up, I’m not sure.
Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol)[left]
I’ve never tried to carry the maximum but I think I’ve carried about 13… but I’m sure I could carry more!
Luke Rowe (Sky)[right]
The average number in a Grand Tour tends to be nine: one for each rider. Sometimes you see guys with 12 or 14. I think the most I’ve ever seen is 20! The guys also ask for food, gels, maps of the course and so on. Rigoberto Urán always asks for a banana!
This article was first published in the August 29 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!