How far would you go for a fellow cyclist? One pro just told his gruesome story…

Posted on: March 20th, 2019

We’ve heard of cyclists urinating on their own hands to unfreeze them when it’s bitterly cold. But this is a very significant step further; brace yourselves…


Okay, so there are many things most of us would do for a fellow bike rider without thinking twice.

We’d give a stranded rider a spare tube, or give them a push home if they needed it.

We’d give them food and drink, once we weren’t on our hands and knees ourselves.

And in a race situation we’d give up our own chances for a stronger team mate; well, most of us would, most of the time.

That might include a lead-out for the better sprinter in our team or club or even giving somebody a wheel if they were going for a yellow jersey.

The brotherhood and sisterhood of the cycling fraternity is strong.

But would you urinate on another rider in a race if they asked you to? Or would you want to be peed on yourself?

We’re not talking, erm ‘nice preferences’ here. We’re talking about the need for heat when you’re in your darkest, most painful, moments on a bike.

One British pro rider – Mike Cummings – has revealed in a team article that he once pissed on the hands of a freezing cold rival.

“I stopped for a natural break, and another rider was so cold, he was crying and he begged me to warm his hands. I obliged,” he said.

The race was the Tour of Normandie in France and the gruesome tale has emerged in the team’s preview of its participation in the 2019 edition next week.

The team tees up the race thus: “Urinating on fellow riders’ hands to keep them warm, a complete team of DNFs, or seeing grown men crying in the peloton.

“The Tour de Normandie is a rite of passage as much as it is an amphitheatre of pain.

“Rain, hail, sleet, snow and a biting coastal wind on wide, exposed roads – such conditions produce some brilliant stories of suffering, that goes beyond bike racing.”

Another team rider, Tom Moses, recalled being in the race and it being so cold he could hear crying from within the peloton.

He looked around and it was his team mate, whom he then did his best to rescue.

“I was riding at the back of the bunch with my team, it was raining and freezing cold and I heard someone crying. I looked around and it was my teammate.

“So I went back him and he was freezing, but his cape was open. He was too cold to do it up when we were going along, so I suggested that we stop, and I would ride him back into the bunch.

“But he said he had already tried that and his hands were so cold he couldn’t even do up the zip on his cape.

“The rest of the day he spent to the side of the peloton, just so he could ride hard enough to stay kind of warm.”

Head over to the Madison Genesis site and read the whole story here.