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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Learning to Love the Pace Line

I went up to Northampton, MA to go to bike camp with 3 other GOBs (girls on bikes). It was a 3 day experience on some of the most beautiful back country roads I've ever had the opportunity to explore on a bike. On Friday, we talked about and "practiced" some techniques and skills, such as ascending and descending, generating power through the entire pedal stroke (think round pedal strokes), counter-steering, and riding on rough pavement. On Saturday we learned how to ride in a pace line with rotations. It was amazing! First we experimented by moving closer and further and lateral to the lead rider to feel the draft. Then we rode in one long pace line, then we started rotations, dropping off the front and taking turns leading with a nice headwind. Before long we were working as a group and cruising down the road with less effort and more speed. It was really incredible to experience the pull of the draft and how to make it work for you. It is easy to understand how a group of riders can work together especially on longer rides (like the RI Century we are planning on in Septmeber). It was a fun 3 days. We learned new skills, rode about 100 miles, ate good food, and had many good laughs. Gotta love me some GOBs.

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