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Riding in a Paceline (aka Drafting)

Lloyd Mason  | Published on 10/5/2016

by Lloyd Mason

 

Pacelines are either single or double. In a single paceline, everyone lines up behind the first rider, who maintains a constant speed the group agrees with before you start. The rotation occurs when the front rider pulls off to the left side and drifts to the back of the line. The next rider then sets the same pace. Riders stay on the front from a few seconds to several minutes. This type of paceline has the advantage of requiring less road space.

 

In a double paceline, everyone lines up behind the first two lead riders, who maintains a constant speed the group agrees with before you start. The rotation occurs when the front rider on the left pulls off to the left side and drifts to the back of the line and the front rider on the right pulls off to the right side and drifts to the back of the line. The two up front must communicate with each other to pull off from the front simultaneously while the next two riders in line then set the same pace. Riders stay on the front from a few seconds to several minutes. This type of paceline requires more road space.

 

NOTE: After the group encounters hills, descents, and turns, the lead riders must slow down, or soft pedal to regroup all riders.  Once all riders are back together, the paceline slowly picks up speed and continues. 

 
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