One of the hidden gems of cycling is riding in a large group. Most people see cycling as a individual sport rather than a collection of efforts from many individuals. While riding in a group, it is possible to maintain a faster average speed while using less energy.
To achieve a fun and fast group ride, it is important to follow a few guidelines. The most important rule of group riding is to protect your front wheel. To truly benefit from a group or bunch, it is vital to minimize the amount of space between riders without overlapping wheels.
Rider X is in a terrible position because he is not taking advantage of the draft and if Rider Y decides to drift to his right, Rider X will go down.
We’ll talk more about other important aspects of a group ride next week but until then, “Protect your front wheel!!”