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Draag vee-hik-uhl

Noun, Verb

A vehicle that cyclists draft behind for additional speed

Example usage: Let's find a drag-vehicle for the race tomorrow.

Most used in: Cycling races and competitions.

Most used by: Professional and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 3

Also see: drafting, slipstreaming, drafting train, pacelining,


What is a Drag-Vehicle in Cycling?

Drag-vehicle is a term used in cycling to describe a vehicle that is used to reduce the wind resistance of a cyclist. This type of vehicle is commonly used in professional cycling races, and has been proven to reduce the aerodynamic drag of a cyclist by up to 40%.

In general, a drag-vehicle consists of a car, truck, or van that is placed in front of the cyclist, and is driven at a speed slightly higher than the cyclist’s speed. This creates a slipstream effect, which reduces the amount of air resistance the cyclist experiences. This can result in an increased speed of the cyclist, and can be useful when tackling windy conditions.

Drag-vehicles are also used to reduce the impact of crosswinds on cyclists, as the vehicle can shield the cyclist from the wind. This can be especially useful in long-distance cycling events, where the wind can have a significant impact on the cyclist’s performance.

For safety reasons, drag-vehicles are not allowed in all cycling events, and their use is strictly regulated. For example, in some races, the use of a drag-vehicle is prohibited, while in other events, the use of a drag-vehicle must be approved by the race organizers.


The Origins of the Term 'Drag-Vehicle' in Cycling

The term 'drag-vehicle' first appeared in cycling literature in the early 1900s, primarily in the United States and Europe. It was used to describe a vehicle that was pulled behind a cyclist in order to provide additional speed or power. In some cases, these vehicles were also used to carry supplies.

The earliest known use of the term dates back to at least 1906, when it was mentioned in a cycling magazine article. By the 1920s, the term had become more widespread, appearing in books and other publications. At this time, drag-vehicles were seen as a popular way for cyclists to increase their speed and range.

Today, the term 'drag-vehicle' is still used in cycling, though it is not as widely known as it once was. It is most often used to refer to vehicles that are pulled behind cyclists to provide extra speed or power. These vehicles are usually lightweight and designed to be towed behind a bicycle.

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