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Another pace line question

Old 11-07-05, 05:45 PM
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Another pace line question

This last weekend I was riding in a pretty fast paceline of what seemed to be pretty experienced riders. I had read quite a bit on here and tried to apply everything I had read, all with I'm assuming pretty good success except for one incident that's been bugging me.

I was pulling at about 24 mph and we were approaching a right hand 90 degree sweeper when the guy behind me yelled at me to slow down. This was a back road with no traffic and this wasn't a corner that I was concerned about. Is there some sort of signal I should have given so the pack gave each other more room, should I have slowed the pack to a more reasonable speed?

As it was it startled me when he yelled and I slowed some but didn't want to risk a crash slowing to much or to abruptly. I also figured by that point the pack was well aware of what was coming. I guess I was thinking that when everyone saw the paceline snake out in preperation for the corner that it would have signaled what was to come if they hadn't already seen it.

What should I have done?
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Old 11-07-05, 06:57 PM
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Assuming you read the corner correctly, then everyone would have (should have) followed the same line through it as you did, and they would all have come out of it fine. Assuming they are experienced riders on decent tires.

I don't think you did anything wrong. I certainly hope you didn't slow very much, and you should accelerate out of the corner in case someone behind you coasts faster. If the paceline gets stretched out by the corner, then you can soft-pedal after you clear the corner until the group tightens up.
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Old 11-07-05, 08:14 PM
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You did nothing wrong. If the guy behind you wasn't comfortable with your pace, he should've backed off himself. Riding well in a paceline requires that you use the eyes of the guys ahead of you. You can't see around the corners, but they can, so you adjust your actions and lines based upon what you see them doing. Pacelining is about watching the guys ahead of you, not so trying to see around them.
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Old 11-07-05, 10:06 PM
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Thanks, I couldn't figure out what it would have been (I should have asked him later). I am usually a bit aggressive in the corners (one of my favorite parts of riding) as I also ride sport bikes, but I was mindfull of my role at the time and didn't think I was taking it too fast for anybody. May have had to do with the fact that I had never ridden with them before and he didn't trust me, but in that case I'd think he's just slow and let me get a gap on him?


Oh well, next time.
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Old 11-07-05, 10:17 PM
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Sounds like the #2 guy was wiggy in the turns. Most riders are.

Ironic that most bike races in the U.S. are criteriums, but most riders are so fearful of corners that they never practice them.
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