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Road Cycling - BPCC 's Alternative Paceline Method.

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Uploaded on Apr 10, 2011

Since the Saturday morning club route places us on busy mid morning roads the universal issue of vehicles and bikes sharing the road becomes important.

Two initiatives were put in place to facilitate safer cycling; we limit out group sizes and we use an alternative paceline technique.

The alternative paceline method has the lead rider dropping on the right as the paceline then proceeds past on the left(out in the lane). Not only does that make sense for approaching motorists(the law states that slow moving vehicles get passed on the left) it avoids that perception that one slow cyclist is blocking the lane (and increases the ire of motorists) when they are dropping back using the traditional paceline method.

As the lead rider you signal when you pull is done and just hold your line BUT as the paceline begins to pass just ease up on your cadence so the line of riders do not need to accelerate. This prevents yo-yoing and maintains the tempo of the group.

As the last rider in the paceline begins to pass the dropping cyclist he/she indicates they are the "last man". The dropping cyclist then knows to position themselves on the wheel of the passing cyclist which prevents the(possible) formation of a gap at the end of the line.

The last rider then has the responsiblity to monitor approaching traffic while recovering in the draft and calling out "car back" when appropriate. That said the second rider on the paceline should continue to shoulder check before entering the lane and commencing the rotation.

The other advantage is for the lead(pulling) rider. You can focus upon your effort leading the paceline. No need to concern yourself with dropping off into the lane. Just ease up slightly as the pass begins and hold your line.

For the paceline riders it also avoids the frustrations of having a lead rider who tires but will not relinquish the pull and the resulting decrease in pace and the need to feather the brakes. By indicating "on your left" the second cyclist tells the pulling rider the line is commencing a rotation

Note - the cyclist in front of me is new and today was her first time trying the alternative paceline technique.She did quite well considering an unfamiliarity with both the technique and riders.

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