Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Taking a "Natural"

I woke up at 4:00 AM this morning after some crazy dreams, and found myself wondering how racing cyclists relieve themselves. Thanks to the wonderful world wide web, I am able to bring you this photo. Well, here they are pausing for a natural. Cyclists who have to, well, go to the bathroom, stop on the side of the road. Some, like Christophe Moreau yesterday, do get fined. Moreau relieved himself in a town and was fined 100 Francs for indecent exposure. Usually, the natural is taken in the country. Sometimes an unsuspecting camera man will catch a rider in the act and while riding the bike (this happened today on stage 3 when the camera caught Robbie McEwen doing a natural while on the bike!). I will refrain from describing how cyclists like McEwen do that.