The “Natural Break” — How Sweet It Is
I really like to watch bike racing, particularly the Grand Tours. I like to share this passion with others. Since this sort of racing is very complicated, people unfamiliar with the sport have a lot of questions.
Inevitably, one of the questions people ask is what happens if someone has to take a whiz or, as they call it in cycling, a “natural break.”
These photos alone should provide enough information to satisfy most folks. If not, you can check out this video of Trent Lowe in all his glory. It is worth watching just to listen to the commentator. One thing’s for sure — Trent does not suffer from stage fright. I’m sure his sponsors are glad to know this video is all over the Internet.
For those who thirst for even more knowledge, the Fat Cyclist blog has posted a set of “how to” instructions that address the finer points of letting it fly while riding. Sorry, ladies, I don’t think this technique will work for you.
For the record, decorum would suggest that these techniques are best saved for professional riders who are actively racing. Even then, it might be worthwhile to hold off until T.V. cameras to be pointed elsewhere. Team Fartlek riders prefer to dismount and find a toilet, blue room or bush. We are, after all, a civilized bunch.