Bottled water helps Tour de France cyclists stay hydrated, says Hepscott

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As the dust settles after the 100th edition of the Tour de France, water cooler supplier Hepscott looks at how a ready supply of water played a key role in helping cyclists stay hydrated.

You do not have to be a professional cyclist to suffer the effects of lack of water. Even a 2% drop in our body’s basic water supply can trigger signs of dehydration.

July 2013 saw Britain earn its second successive victory in the Tour de France, with Chris Froome taking the crown from last year’s winner Bradley Wiggins.

A competitor like Chris Froome loses on average between one and two litres of water through perspiration every stage of the Tour de France. Over the 21 stages, this would add up to 31.5 litres of water.

And for all 169 cyclists who finished the race, approximately 5324 litres of water would have been perspired over the gruelling 2,115 miles through the mountains and lowlands of France.

To combat this incredible fluid loss, each competitor had to consume around 9 litres of fluid every race day.

But water cooler supplier Hepscott knows how important water is to keep everyone performing at their best, not just competitive athletes.

Alan Munro, General Manager of Hepscott said: “Professional cyclists lose an astonishing amount of water through perspiration, and without a regular supply of water they would not have been able to endure the gruelling challenge of the Tour de France.

“However, you do not have to be a professional cyclist to suffer the effects of lack of water. Even a 2% drop in our body’s basic water supply can trigger signs of dehydration, which leaves you feeling sluggish, lightheaded and unable to concentrate.

“Organisations that want to improve the performance of their staff should invest in a bottled water cooler to ensure their employees are drinking enough water throughout the day.”

Bottled water coolers are designed for businesses of all sizes. Because they do not require any plumbing, the machines are quick and easy to install. And best of all, they only require one square foot of space.

Alan Monro said: “Since water is such an important component to our physiology, quality of water is just as important as quantity. Bottled water from Hepscott is filtered to remove harmful chemicals and bacteria, and is chilled for optimum taste.

“And with free water deliveries schedulable weekly, fortnightly or monthly, you will never run out of supplies.

“Whilst you may not plan on winning any races, investing in a bottled water cooler from Hepscott is a great way to encourage optimum performance from your staff.”


Hepscott is a leading supplier of drinking water dispensers; offering expert installation, service and maintenance. The company is part of workplace service provider PHS Group,, which offers a diverse portfolio of services aimed at improving people’s experience of work and leisure time, while making life easier for facilities, building and people managers.

The range of products provided by Hepscott is robust in design, with superior build quality for reliable delivery and performance.

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