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    Hydration pack for race suit

    Is anyone using a hydration pack in the hump of their race suits? I have an endurance race coming up and my Revit suit has a provision in the hump.

    Any recommendations for a quality bladder that's small enough to fit? And how would you fit the tube? I don't want to modify a helmet so I was thinking of having it clipped to my chest and grabbing it with my left hand on the straight.

    Anyone done this?

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    Just get a Camelback bladder that fits (or any other brand - they all work). Just run the tube in through the bottom of your helmet and keep the end in your mouth. Drink on the straights. I wouldn't try to grab during the race - too distracting at a time you should be resting.

    Have you endurance raced before? I have for the past 6 years - it's a blast. We usually do 1 hour shifts - 2 per rider. Not too hot here - max around 85 F (29 C) or so. Still - I train for it, and it has made a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple J View Post
    Just get a Camelback bladder that fits (or any other brand - they all work). Just run the tube in through the bottom of your helmet and keep the end in your mouth. Drink on the straights. I wouldn't try to grab during the race - too distracting at a time you should be resting.

    Have you endurance raced before? I have for the past 6 years - it's a blast. We usually do 1 hour shifts - 2 per rider. Not too hot here - max around 85 F (29 C) or so. Still - I train for it, and it has made a difference.
    Thanks for the advice! Did you tape it to your helmet somehow or just leave it in your mouth? I have a camelbak for mountain biking but they are generally 1.5 litres or above and seem to have a big fill cap that makes it hard to fit in the suit. Need to find a smaller option.

    Yeah we have what I would call a 'fun' 6 hour endurance race in NZ. Done it the last 2 years and this is my 3rd, awesome fun.

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    I didn't race with it, just tested it a bit with a regular camelback, as my hump can't be opened for a bladder. It wasn't hot enough to be bothered with it in the race though. Taping may work, but just holding it in your mouth works too - at least for me.

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    Ummm.... I did an endurance race with a camelpak in my revit suit hump.

    I didn't keep the tube in my mouth though, I ran it through the little hoops on the shoulder of the suit and left it hanging by my chest. Wasn't an issue until I drank for the first time!!!

    I wear an AGV helmet for racing and the gap to get the tube under the helmet is pretty tight, the first time I took the drinking tube out it pulled off the bite valve and began to siphon all my drink out! I was drowning in it for a couple laps trying not to lose it all!!! Eventually I gave up and just let it drain all over my suit and bike, it was still refreshing !!!

    I highly recommend testing and getting a system down before the race. I've done it a couple times since and have it worked out a bit better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 172Driver View Post
    Ummm.... I did an endurance race with a camelpak in my revit suit hump.

    I didn't keep the tube in my mouth though, I ran it through the little hoops on the shoulder of the suit and left it hanging by my chest. Wasn't an issue until I drank for the first time!!!

    I wear an AGV helmet for racing and the gap to get the tube under the helmet is pretty tight, the first time I took the drinking tube out it pulled off the bite valve and began to siphon all my drink out! I was drowning in it for a couple laps trying not to lose it all!!! Eventually I gave up and just let it drain all over my suit and bike, it was still refreshing !!!

    I highly recommend testing and getting a system down before the race. I've done it a couple times since and have it worked out a bit better.
    Which Camelbak model did you use??

    So did you just grab the tube while riding? Hard to do?

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    Sorry I forgot all about this post!

    Don't know the model, just bough a bladder on its own from a sporting store.

    Yup, lots of time on the straights to get the tube and tuck it in.

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    Actually my technique for filling was sound.... bladder in the hump while empty, straightened it inside the hump as best we could and then filled it.

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    I was looking into this for some time. I have never used it or seen one in person but Leatt makes a system that is suppose to work fairly well.
    With that said we endurance race here in Texas. It can be 80F or 110F. We ride anywhere from 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour stints, usually 2 per rider.
    After conditioning for this by cycling in the heat, I haven't had an issue NOT having a camel bak.

    I find that hydrating weeks before helps and I have tried several of the hydration drinks. Some help way more than others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_02 View Post
    I find that hydrating weeks before helps and I have tried several of the hydration drinks. Some help way more than others.
    how do you hydrate "weeks" before? Hydration is a pretty quick process. Usually over a couple of hours maybe 1/2 a day. Dont believe me? Go ask an ER to hook you to a saline bag and see how long it takes to empty.

    Heed or Scratch or Nunn are all great products.

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    I don't know how you all race in 100*+ heat, especially endurance race. I guess you get used to it. I did a couple of 16 lap races (~25-30 minutes) this past season when it was 95+ and I was spent by the end!
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboblew View Post
    how do you hydrate "weeks" before? Hydration is a pretty quick process. Usually over a couple of hours maybe 1/2 a day. Dont believe me? Go ask an ER to hook you to a saline bag and see how long it takes to empty.

    Heed or Scratch or Nunn are all great products.
    I like Skratch Labs. With a saline bag I can get drunk the night before and be good to go.
    So you can be dehydrated, consume a gallon of water and be fully hydrated in a couple of hours?
    I have been told by doctors (I race with) to start drinking water 5 days before the event religiously.
    Also take in salts to retain the water and of course not to drink any beer.


    Quote Originally Posted by Triple J View Post
    I don't know how you all race in 100*+ heat, especially endurance race. I guess you get used to it. I did a couple of 16 lap races (~25-30 minutes) this past season when it was 95+ and I was spent by the end!
    It takes work and years of living in Texas to become conditioned to it.
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    The custom suit I have from Vo2Leathers has it built in. Easily removed as well for refill or not in use. Cool feature for endurance races or coaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_02 View Post
    I like Skratch Labs. With a saline bag I can get drunk the night before and be good to go.
    So you can be dehydrated, consume a gallon of water and be fully hydrated in a couple of hours?
    I have been told by doctors (I race with) to start drinking water 5 days before the event religiously.
    Also take in salts to retain the water and of course not to drink any beer.
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    not just plain water.

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