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Verb, Noun

A group ride where the cyclists cycle together at a steady pace.

Example usage: We are going to do a roll-up this morning.

Most used in: Regions with a cycling culture such as Europe and North America.

Most used by: Recreational and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Paceline, Peloton, Echelon, Drafting,


What is a Roll-up in Cycling?

A roll-up in cycling is a type of group ride in which cyclists meet up at a predetermined location and then ride together at a steady pace for a set distance or duration. Roll-ups are a great way for cyclists to get together for a social ride, as well as a great way to get in some training miles with a group.

Roll-ups typically involve a leader who sets a pace and route for the group, with everyone else following along. The pace is usually steady and moderate, and the route can be anything from an out-and-back to a loop. As the riders complete the ride, they typically roll back up to the starting point together.

Roll-ups are popular among cycling clubs and recreational riders alike, as they provide an opportunity to ride with a group without the need to race or compete. According to a survey conducted by the League of American Bicyclists in 2015, more than one-third of cyclists participate in group rides, with roll-ups being one of the most popular types.

The Long History of the Cyclist's 'Roll-Up'

The term 'roll-up' has been used by cyclists for over a century to describe a group ride. The first known use of the phrase was in a newspaper article in the UK in 1899, when a reporter wrote about a 'roll-up' at a cycling club in London.

The term was likely derived from the phrase 'rolling up' which was commonly used in the 19th century to describe a group of people gathering from a wide area and travelling together. This was a particularly popular practice among cyclists, as they often gathered in large groups and travelled together for safety and social reasons.

In the 20th century, the term 'roll-up' became increasingly popular among cyclists and was used to describe a regular group ride. It was also used to describe a casual ride with friends, with the idea being that everyone would 'roll-up' at a certain time and place and then ride together. Since then, the term has been adopted by cyclists around the world and is still used today.

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