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August 23, 2022
Chances are, you've seen a large column of bikers speeding down the road in matching jerseys at some point. It may seem like this is a specialized skill, but cycling in a group has many advantages over going solo.
From the Tour de France to your local bike club, group bike rides are commonplace all across the world. Here are the top reasons cyclists ride in a group:
Yes, there are many safety advantages to riding in a group. As mentioned before, you're less likely to face problems from inattentive drivers. Drivers will also give more room when overtaking multiple cyclists, rather than cutting it close. In a group ride, you'll have people looking out for you in the case of a crash or medical emergency.
Cycling in a group is a skill that takes time to master. Different groups will have different preferences for how you ride. If your group is "no-drop," feel free to take it easy and catch up to the pack at a break. In a "drop" group, keep pace.
The paceline how cyclists in a group organize themselves and distribute the headwind. One rider in front will do the majority of the work while other riders fit behind in a column, staying within the lead rider's slipstream. Every few minutes, the rider in front will fall back and the next in line will take the lead.
Relax and flow with the group to master the paceline. Stay steady on the handlebars and move up at the group's pace. After you've done your turn at the front, shift slightly to the side and reduce your speed gradually until you reach the back. Then, slot yourself in behind the last rider.
Here are some common sense tips to make a group trip more pleasant.
Cycling in a group is generally more safe, but a crash can have larger consequences. Make sure your bike is completely up to snuff before a group ride. Choose roads and lanes wide enough to safely accomodate everyone. If you're a beginner, double-check that you're capable of the route before agreeing to join.
To organize a group ride, reach out to your local cycling community either in person or online. Test your route before proposing it to the group, and form a group chat to solidify dates and times.
If you've never cycled in a group, it's worth trying. Group rides are a fun way to connect with others, stay safe and go on longer rides than you'd be able to tackle alone.
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