Newspapers for descents

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by rrarider, 27 Jul 2018.

  1. rrarider

    rrarider Senior Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Not so long ago I remember spectators offering newspapers to riders in the TdF prior to a descent. The riders used to stuff them up the front of their jerseys to block the wind and keep warm. I haven't seen this practice this year; has it stopped altogether?
     
  2. Brads

    Brads Regular

    Gilets
     
    Last edited: 29 Jul 2018
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    rrarider

    rrarider Senior Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I have no idea what you mean. A sentence might prove useful in an answer.
     
  4. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    Location:
    Hexleybeef
    They use gillets instead of newspaper now.
     
  5. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    They don't seem to use anything now
     
  6. Pointless spelling nitpick: gilets not gillets
     
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    rrarider

    rrarider Senior Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    If you mean gilets (padded waistcoats), I didn't see anyone putting on one of those either.
     
  8. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    Location:
    Hexleybeef
    Maybe it is warm enough at tdf this year
    The Giro usually has snow on the mountain tops.
     
  9. brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Location:
    Clacton-on-Sea
    Saw that a couple of years ago at the Giro
     
  10. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    Location:
    Mars
    Not all gilets are padded. A gilet is purely a sleeveless jacket aka vest.
     
  11. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    Nogland
    News is all online these days. And you wouldn't want a load of PCs down your jersey.
     
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  12. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    Now they use I pads.Easier to read when descending
     
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  13. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    I've heard that some riders use tablets.
     
  14. DRM

    DRM Über Member

    Location:
    West Yorks
    I think it’s been too hot for newspapers down your shirt, so hot the riders have urine colour charts to see how dehydrated they are, as well as before & after weighing each day
     
  15. cyberknight

    cyberknight Legendary Member

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    I still use a bit of newpaper if its a chilly start to a commute and cant be assed to carry a gilet.
     
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