Every time I go on a paceline ride I have so much fun I get diarrhea of the fingers and have to post about it. At least this time I have a picture. Saturday's Crew:
We went 54 miles and averaged over 17 MPH (a personal best). The thing is this is so exhilarating you definitely should give it a try if you have not done it. I have to drive about 50 miles one way but it is absolutely worth it. Plus you get to meet a bunch of new folks.
I'm the most calorically enriched and the least experienced rider. It doesn't matter, I keep up and this time I took a couple of turns pulling at the front. These guys are willing to teach and willing to let a rookie wheel suck all day if need be. Great fun!
Paceline riding is a blast! I recommend giving a try to anyone who hasn't! And don't think riding at the back is where you want to be... that's how you get yo-yo'd and then dropped. lol I recommend starting out in the middle. That's my opinion anyhow. My favorite is in the front, it's a big adrenaline rush.
What does that mean? I'm not familiar with that term...
I'm guessing it's the undulations that occur from riders adjusting speed to maintain their tight spacing. If you are barely hanging on in the rear and the line slows and then rapidly accelerates those accelerations can sap you. As you weaken and can't make the acceleration you drop out of the draft and you are toast.
The first time I rode with these guys I dropped at mile 50 of 52. One of the many strong riders pulled out of line and slowed to pick me up. He then pulled me to the finish. For the next month I worked very hard at speed and distance so they would not have to do that again. This time I finished strong.
One benefit of my er...uh... generous BMI is I punch a big hole in the wind
Yep, the slow downs and accelerations are all exaggerated at the back, and to me it can get rough trying to hang on back there. Also easy to not be paying as close attention, let yourself get to far back and then waste a bunch of energy catching up. I was barely hanging on the time I got dropped.. then caught to cars at a stop sign that the rest were able to get out in front of. That was the end for me. I nearly puked trying, but I had to give up when they got out of sight and made a couple turns. Like said above, it was great motivation to work harder and not let it happen the next time!