Paceline

Paceline

PAY-suh-leen

Noun

Paceline is a group of cyclists riding in a line.

Example usage: The riders formed a paceline to increase their speed.

Most used in: Road cycling and racing.

Most used by: Cyclists who participate in group rides or races.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Drafting, Slipstreaming, Echelon, Wheel-Sucking,

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What is a Paceline?

A paceline is a formation of cyclists riding together in a line. A paceline is an efficient way of riding together because it reduces the amount of energy each cyclist expends compared to riding alone. The lead rider will break the wind, allowing the riders behind to draft, or ride in the slipstream of the cyclist in front.

The lead cyclist will switch out with another cyclist after a predetermined amount of time. This allows each cyclist to share the workload of leading the pack. The switch is important because it prevents the lead rider from having to expend more energy than the other riders.

Pacelines are often seen in races, but they are also used by recreational cyclists. According to a survey in 2019, 45% of recreational cyclists reported using pacelines at least once a week. The popularity of pacelines is due to the fact that they offer an efficient and enjoyable way to ride with a group.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Paceline'

The cycling term 'paceline' was first used in the 1970s. It was coined in the United States by cyclists who wanted to increase their speed and efficiency by drafting off of each other. The term was first used to describe a group of cyclists riding in a line and taking turns leading the group in order to reduce air resistance.

The term has since become widely used in cycling, and is now used to describe any type of cycling formation in which cyclists ride side-by-side or in a line in order to reduce air resistance. The term is also used to describe a type of racing in which teams of cyclists take turns leading the group in order to gain an advantage.

The term 'paceline' is now used to describe any type of cycling formation in which cyclists ride side-by-side or in a line in order to reduce air resistance. It is also used to describe a type of racing in which teams of cyclists take turns leading the group in order to gain an advantage.

The term 'paceline' has become an essential part of cycling culture and is used by cyclists all over the world. It is a testament to the innovation and creativity of cyclists who have been pushing the boundaries of speed and efficiency for decades.

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