So I've heard the usual "You can save up to 30% effort by drafting," and the basics of how paceline rotations and slipstreams work. And I know they vary depending on wind conditions speeds and hills. That's all well and good, but I'm still curious. I did a search for older posts, but nothing apparent popped up. Let me know if I missed something.
As you go further back in the paceline, it would SEEM to me that one's effort drops [marginally] further. Like the second person save 30% energy, the third save 34%, the fourth saves 35.5% etc. and so on. To your knowledge, has anyone looked into this as a possibility and even published results? Or is this some common knowledge that I've managed to avoid for this long?
It's something that's been sitting in the back of my mind for a while. Any info would be great, thanks!