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Drafting a Racing Cyclist (and falling off)

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Published on Mar 24, 2012

In this edit of a Video Bicycle Ride along the Water Front Trail from the East Beaches to Leslieville I was suddenly over taken by a serious looking cyclist. We were riding into a rather stiff westerly - so I thought - what the heck, I think I'll try to draft him.

Drafting is a neat tactic in bicycle racing which involves getting in the 'draft' of another cyclist. The 'draft' is a complex swirl of air right behind an object that is moving through air. It is in fact, a low pressure area much like the underside of an airplane wing when it moves through air - the low pressure under the wing causes 'lift' (as far as we understand these things).

Getting in the draft of another cyclist doesn't only shield you from the oncoming wind, it actually pulls you along inside a low pressure bubble!

So always ask if you may - because when you draft you are actually being pulled by the other cyclist. Also Cycling Etiquette says that, if you draft you should always offer to lead at some point - offer to do the pulling.

In this case the guy in front is in much better shape than I am - doing the pulling was never an option. :)

Thanks for the ride man!


Drafting Rules
1) Always ask if you may.
2) Always offer to take a turn in front.
3) Always keep your hands on your brakes!
4) Always say Thank You (be appreciative - they just shared their space with you).


mh



'Video Bicycle Rides' are intended to show a bicyclist's point of view - so that other road users can better appreciate how those various things that they do (that they're probably not even aware that they do) - look like when your naked and balancing on two wheels. :)

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)

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