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A cyclist who rides at the back of the group.

Example usage: The back rider was the last one to finish the race.

Most used in: Cycling communities in Europe and North America.

Most used by: Recreational and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Draft, Slipstreamer, Wheel Sucker, Drafting,


What is a Back Rider in Cycling?

A back rider is a cyclist who rides behind the leader in a group. The back rider will usually be the most experienced cyclist in the group and their job is to keep the group together and to communicate directions to the other cyclists. This is especially important if the group is navigating a route that is unfamiliar to them.

In a cycling race, the back rider is responsible for keeping the group together and for setting the pace of the race. They will often ride in the draft of the leader to conserve energy and will help other riders in the group when they are struggling. This is important as it can help the group to stay together and to achieve a better result.

Back riders are also important in long distance cycling events such as Gran Fondos, where they are responsible for providing support and guidance to the other riders. The back rider will often be the first to finish the event and will be the one to provide encouragement to the other riders.

Back riders are an essential part of any cycling group, as they provide support, direction, and motivation to the other riders. According to statistics, cyclists who ride in a group are more likely to complete a long distance ride than those who ride alone. This is due to the support and guidance that a back rider can provide.


Back Rider: The History of Cycling's Iconic Term

The term 'back rider' has been used in the context of cycling since the early 1900s. It was first used to refer to the person who was riding on the back of a tandem bicycle. This person was known as the 'back rider' because they were seated behind the front rider.

The term 'back rider' was initially used to refer to riders of tandem bicycles in the United Kingdom and the United States. It then spread to other parts of the English-speaking world by the 1950s. In the decades since then, it has become a widely used term for anyone who rides on the back of a bicycle.

Today, the term 'back rider' is used to refer to anyone who rides on the back of a bicycle, regardless of whether it is a tandem or a single-person bike. It is also sometimes used to refer to someone who rides behind another cyclist in a group.

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