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Old 08-13-07, 01:04 PM   #1
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WI bike trip: funny pace line

So on one of the 100 mile days we had 8 solid riders on more race oriented road bikes with tight bike clothes , ..and one guy sitting high up on a comfort bike (high handlebars, front suspension, big tires). The aggressive riders decided to set up pace lines on the straights and we were well above 20mph for a while with 45sec front pulls and regular rotation.

I wish I had a picture of that pace line. 8 aggressive road riders and one madly pedalling upright guy in baggy shorts and loose T-shirt. It was faster than I really wanted to go, so once as I drifted back past him on a rotation I hung next to him for a minute and told him I would drop off the back whenever he was ready. We eventually had 4 riders drop off.

It was good to see the countryside instead of focusing on sucking wheel all day.
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Many Moons ago I did the Salisbury 100 and every 25 miles was a Food stop. Got to the 25 mile mark and as me and my two mates left the stop- we got in with 5 Club roadies. This must have been about 1993 or 4 so was a while ago. We three were on mountain bikes and the 25 to 50 mile mark did not even have a slope in it or if it did it must have been downhill. It was my first experience of a pace line and we blasted the 25 miles with the mountain bikes taking their full turn pulling. 59 minutes later and we pulled into the halfway stop and could not believe the speed we had got up to.

All that was dashed though as at the 50 mile mark was a compulsory 20 minute stop. 2 miles later and you hit Brassknocker hill and we lost the Roadies. We may have had heavier bikes but we had lower gearing. That Brassknocker is steep. Other remarkable thing about this ride for me was the 80 mile mark and I almost bonked. Had a lot more respect for road bikes after that and also learnt not to hammer with the roadies- You will pay for it later on.
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To his credit Mr Baggy shorts and wide tires was working an awful lot harder than the rest of the group-even while sitting in!!
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I love drafting behind a rider on an upright bike. It's like being behind a Cinzano truck.
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Can you imaging what Mr. Upright would be capable of if he had a nice road bike, even something like an entry level model.
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Can you imaging what Mr. Upright would be capable of if he had a nice road bike, even something like an entry level model.
Just don't suggest it to him if he is one of your regular riding partners.
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