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Riding in a Paceline

  1. The lead cyclist must observe the road far in front in order to decide far in advance the best route.   If necessary to avoid a hole, sand or an obstacle, he or she must leave gradually the edge of the road and point to the danger to be avoided.
  2. The lead cyclist indicates far in advance the traffic lights, the mandatory stops or any changes of road.   If necessary to take an unprotected left turn, he or she must make sure that all cyclists have sufficient time to cross to the opposite lane safely; if not, he or she orders the group to stop and wait.
  3. The lead cyclist should maintain a constant effort and spin continuously.   He or she must make no abrupt change in speed.  He or she must abstain from drinking or eating while taking a “pull” (being at the front)
  4. The lead cyclist slows down before crossing a bridge with a longitudinally laid wood apron.  The cyclists cross the bridge diagonally to prevent that their wheels fall suddenly in a slit between two boards.
  5. The lead cyclist slows down before crossing a railway; the cyclists cross the rails perpendicularly. The group gathers before resuming cruising speed.
  6. The lead cyclist make sure that the roadway is free of cars before dropping back.
  7. When ready to drop back, the lead cyclist should indicate this to the cyclist directly behind him.  He or she accelerates slightly to move away forward, moves to the left, and moves down quickly to the tail of the group.
  8. In the peloton, the cyclists indicates holes or obstacles which are dangerous or likely to cause a flat. A cyclist who has no more energy to indicate the obstacles on the roadway becomes a danger to his companions.  He must slow the group down and question the reason of his tiredness (bad choice of group, dehydration, bad food, etc).
  9. In the peloton, a cyclist who wishes to eat or drink should drop back slightly from the cyclist he is following, eat or drink quickly and carefully resume his original position.  Better done when at the tail end of the paceline
  10. When the lead cyclist is dropping back, other cyclists should make sure to move to the right as far as is safe in order to leave sufficient space so that the departing lead cyclist does not have to be too far from the edge of the road.
  11. In the peloton, one should NEVER overlap their front wheel with the back wheel of the cyclist in front of them. This is an extremely dangerous situation where a sudden move by the front cyclist will cause a serious accident for the cyclist behind.
  12. The cyclist who stands up should shift up one gear then stand up smoothly in order to keep a constant speed and not throw his bicycle back into the front wheel of the following cyclist.
  13. In descents, the lead cyclist pedals as hard as he or she can; the other cyclists keep their position.  As the speed increases, an increasing gap between cyclists is necessary for safety.
  14. In short uphills, the cyclists keep their position. In the longer hills, each cyclist goes up at his rate/rhythm, by taking care to prudently double by the left a slower cyclist.  When passing, it is often good to say "passing” so that the cyclist being overtaken knows you are there, and does not veer left into your path suddenly.

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