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A cycling tactic in which two riders take turns leading the group in a fast, rotating pace.

Example usage: 'Let's try a tag-team to get to the summit faster.'

Most used in: Road cycling races.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: drafting, paceline, echelon, slipstreaming,


What is Tag-Team Cycling?

Tag-team cycling is a type of cycling where two cyclists ride a tandem bicycle, taking turns pedaling. The two cyclists work together to propel the bike forward, with one cyclist pedaling while the other rests. The riders then switch roles, allowing the other to take a turn at pedaling. This allows the team to maintain a higher speed and longer distance than a single cyclist could achieve on their own.

Tag-team cycling is popular among competitive cyclists, as it requires both riders to work together in order to achieve a faster time. The two riders must be in sync while pedaling and switch roles in a timely manner. This type of cycling has been used in high-level races, such as the Tour de France, where teams of two riders have achieved impressive results.

In addition to competitive cycling, tag-team cycling is also popular among recreational cyclists. It is a great way for two people to enjoy cycling together, as it allows both riders to take a break from pedaling while still enjoying the ride. Tag-team cycling is also an excellent way to build teamwork and camaraderie among cyclists.

Tag-team cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the cycling community, with more and more riders taking part. According to a recent survey, the number of recreational cyclists participating in tag-team cycling has increased by 10% in the last year alone.


The Origin of the Term 'Tag-Team' in Cycling

The term 'tag-team' first appeared in the context of cycling in the late 19th century. It was used to describe a type of race where two riders would take turns leading the race in a relay style. The race would start with two cyclists, one leading for a certain distance, then the second cyclist would take the lead for a certain distance before passing it back to the first rider. This type of race was popular in Europe, particularly in France and Germany.

The term 'tag-team' was used to refer to this type of relay race because it resembled the traditional game of tag, where one person is 'it' and chases the others until someone else is 'it'. This analogy was used to describe the way the two riders in the race would take turns leading the race. The phrase 'tag-team' eventually spread to other sports, such as wrestling, and eventually became a widely used term for any activity involving two or more people taking turns doing a certain task.

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