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Noun, Verb

An effort to rapidly accelerate by pushing against the pedals with both feet at the same time.

Example usage: 'I used a sling shot to get up the hill quickly.'

Most used in: Mountain biking and road racing.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Drafting, Slipstreaming, Wheel Sucking, Pacelining,


What Is a Sling Shot in Cycling?

A sling shot is a tactic used in cycling to increase speed. It involves one cyclist (the slingshot) drafting off of another cyclist (the leader) and then using the momentum gained from the draft to quickly surge ahead and break away. This is sometimes done in a sprint finish to gain an edge on the other cyclists.

The sling shot technique is a great way for cyclists to gain an advantage in a race. Studies have shown that drafting off another cyclist can save up to 30% of a cyclist’s energy. This allows the slingshot rider to conserve energy and use it to surge ahead at the end of the race.

Using the sling shot technique can also be a great way for cyclists to practice their technique and form. The slingshot rider must time their surge perfectly in order to gain the most speed. Additionally, the slingshot rider must maintain proper form to avoid any fatigue or loss of speed.

The sling shot technique is a great way for cyclists to gain an advantage in a race. With the right timing and technique, it can be a powerful weapon for any cyclist.


From Slingshot to Cycling: The Origin of the Term

The phrase “sling shot” in the context of cycling has been around since at least the late 19th century. It usually refers to a technique used by cyclists to gain speed, by drafting behind a vehicle or another cyclist, and then slingshoting out from the draft in order to rapidly accelerate.

The term was first used in the late 1880s, in the US, when it was used in various journals and newspapers to describe the technique. It was used in the context of cycling races, which were becoming increasingly popular at the time. The technique was used by cyclists in the US, Europe, and other parts of the world.

The term “sling shot” was also used in the context of other sports, such as baseball, where it was used to describe the act of throwing a ball with a slingshot-like motion. However, it is most closely associated with cycling, and is still used to describe the technique of using the draft of a vehicle or another cyclist to gain speed.

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