As of late, one crew may use 100 per day, in line with Paul Navin, who does therapeutic massage remedy and different very important duties as a soigneur for Howes’s crew. On the Tour de France this summer time, that may be 100 bidons instances 23 groups, then instances the 21 days of racing. It provides as much as 48,300 bidons alongside a course of two,000-plus miles.
These bidons now have to be disposed of in particular methods, which embrace giving them to a crew soigneur or throwing them into any crew’s automotive. Navin defined that he now waited in conjunction with the highway with a rubbish bag so his crew — and every other crew — may throw away its bidons. He spends additional time looking the world for errant ones, nervous that he shall be fined for leaving trash behind.
Howes’s job simply acquired more durable, too. As a domestique, which is a crew’s employee bee, he had the job final week of choosing up crammed water bottles from the crew automotive and distributing them amongst his teammates. He then needed to accumulate the used bottles and discover the place to dump them — with out breaking the foundations. On one event, he took a 30-minute detour to drop bidons right into a race decide’s automotive.
“In the meantime, there’s a thousand individuals on the facet of the highway, yelling, ‘Bidon! Bidon!’ And I can’t even give them a small piece of the race that may make them so comfortable,” he mentioned. “It’s past irritating.”
The introduction of the brand new guidelines has hardly been clean, Howes mentioned.
Throwing bidons to a soigneur on the roadside has been a problem for the cyclists, he mentioned, as a result of generally there are as many as 50 of them nearly concurrently attempting to take action whereas rushing by. Throwing accuracy isn’t a prized ability amongst riders.
“None of us performed ball sports activities, so you may have a bunch of thin cyclists attempting to wing a half-full bottle over a bunch of riders, and it might be fairly harmful,” Howes mentioned.
When bottles find yourself outdoors the designated location, he mentioned, it’s unclear how the authorities will decide precisely who was accountable: “Is C.S.I. going to be monitoring down the fingerprints on the bottle to determine which groups must be penalized?”