10 Tips for safe riding in a Single Pace Line

Single Pace line rotation

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10 Tips for safe riding in a single pace line
  1. When leading or pulling, don’t increase your speed but maintain the average speed of the group to keep everyone together – you may need to look over your shoulder, especially on hills, to make sure you haven’t dropped anyone.
  2. Point out obstacles that may be harmful to the other riders such as rocks, gravel, cars, glass, etc.
  3. When riding in a pack, do not jam on the brakes as this will cause a domino affect down the line and be disastrous to those in the back of the pack – ie: they will crash.  If you  are getting too close to the person in front of you and need to slow down, try to do so by moving to the right or left the tire in front of you or sit up taller on your bike – both of  which will take you out of the immediate draft and slow you down.  If this doesn’t work, try to LIGHTLY squeeze the brakes so your decrease in speed is not sudden or extreme.
  4. ALL riders must ride in a straight line!!! Remember that the person behind you can only react to what you do so you must ride predictably and avoid any sudden movements or changes in direction.
  5. If you come to an intersection and not ALL of the riders can safely cross, you should stop the group until it is safe.
  6. Everyone MUST pull when it is their time or you will confuse the order.  If you are tired, you can take a shorter pull – even if it is only 10seconds.  If you are a strong rider and can hold the pace easily, you may take a longer pull such as 1 -10 minutes, depending on how long your ride is.
  7. Do NOT drink, eat, adjust your bike or do anything EXTRA when you are pulling.  You have the entire group trusting your judgement and cycling skills so you need to be alert and consistent.  If you need to eat, drink or adjust something, pull out and move to the back.
  8. When you ready to move to the back, indicate this to the other riders first by sticking out your right elbow, like a chicken flapping its wing.
  9. Look over your shoulder to check for vehicles BEFORE you indicate that you would like to pull over and BEFORE  you actually pull off.
  10. When you have finished your pull, move to the left away from the rider behind you, then slow down to allow the group to ride past you.  You want to quickly get back in the draft and out of traffic which is not only safer but will also help  preserve your energy.  NOTE: If you find yourself out in traffic with a car coming behind you, indicate to the rider beside you that you would like to move back in.  This rider can slow down and once an opening is made, you can move back into the middle of the line..  You now have a new order – which is fine

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