More 2009 Tour de France Gear

Where are the water bottles?Astute observers of this years individual time trial stage might have noticed the lack of water bottles on many of the riders aerodynamic bikes. Are these guys so fit that they don’t need to drink on a 40K stage? No, they’ve just found an easier, faster way to do it. If you looked closely, you may have noticed a little blue tube peeking out from under their jersey collars. That tube is connected to a reservoir that lies flat on the riders back under their skinsuit. The reservoir fits into a moisture-wicking base-layer which also helps keep the rider cool. The whole contraption is made by Camelbak and is known as the Racebak, and you can get it at Art’s Cyclery, right now. The Racebak eliminates the need to place a water bottle on your time trial bike and disrupt the carefully thought-out curves and bulges that help it slice through the wind, and lets you carry more water as well—that’s a win-win if there ever was one!

Helmets of the future! You also might have noticed some of the riders wearing helmets you haven’t seen before. The 2010 Giro ProLight rested on the domes of riders on teams Astana, Garmin-Slipstream, Caisse d’Epargne, and Rabobank during the climbing stages. The ProLight is the lightest certified helmet made, tipping the scales at a mere 200 grams, 25 grams lighter than the next-closest competitor. If you were looking really closely, you probably saw the extra little wedge on the trailing edge of the 2010 Giro Advantage time trial helmets. The wedge decreases wind resistance by filling the gap between the helmet and the riders back, and comes in different thicknesses to match your particular contours. By the way, the Bell helmets worn by Team Saxo-Bank were actually re-branded Giro Advantages. Art’s Cyclery will have both the 2010 Giro Advantage and the Giro ProLight as soon as they are available, if not before. Look for them this Fall.