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Teaching to ride a paceline(5 posts)

Teaching to ride a pacelineCima Coppi
Jun 1, 2001 2:15 PM
Hello everyone,

I have begun to ride with a great group of people for my training rides, but I have come to discover most of them don't understand how to ride a proper paceline. They will take the lead until they exhaust themselves, then slow down and come back down the middle of the pack. I have tried to silently show them to pull off to the left when finished with the pull and slowly drop back to the back of the pack, but they continue on their somewhat annoying ways. It really throws off the tempo of the group, and it makes it obviously difficult to keep up a good pace.

Another problem is we have 2 or 3 riders who will never take the pace making. They avoid it like the plague.

Any thoughts on what I should do? Do I say something, or just ignore it? Thanks for your help.
re: Teaching to ride a pacelineLazy
Jun 1, 2001 3:16 PM
If you're to the point that you're an accepted member of the group and possibly thought of as an authority, then I would recommend saying something.

If not, make them all watch the Giro. Then, at the next ride, tell them how cool that pace line thing looks and suggest you try it. Tell them "I payed pretty close attention and this is how it works..."
good web site exampleDuane Gran
Jun 1, 2001 4:38 PM
Check out this site:

I recommended it to members of my 4/5 team. The thing about a paceline that even some riders with modest experience don't understand is that your pull should end when you peel off. The most common mistake I see is that the person thinks their pull begins when they move over. The site above has illustrations which help to demonstrate the concept.

Of course, this all assumes that the people want to learn, but if it is sent to all members of your group via email then enough should pick up on it.
re: Teaching to ride a pacelinecasati_rider
Jun 1, 2001 8:50 PM
Check out Coach Carl Online at very good info on pacelines and other training. Maybe make a copy and share it with them. Once they see how smooth a paceline can go maybe they'll be interested braking those bad habits that cause you to work when you should be resting.
re: Teaching to ride a pacelineCanidraftyou
Jun 4, 2001 6:12 AM
Each rider must mature at his/her own rate, to force them to take a turn at the front is like asking a young pup to lead a pack of huntin dawgs, for ya'll Arkansas readers. You may just formulate your own group out of the better riders,for the days that proper paceline is priority. Remember, we all started somewhere, don't be afraid to share your cycling wisdom. If they're at all interested in learning they'll respect you for any coaching you give them.

Good Luck,

Peace out