Wheel Surfing

Wheel Surfing

wēl sərf-ing

Noun, Verb

Wheel Surfing is a technique used by Time Trial cyclists to gain extra speed by using the slipstream of the rider in front of them.

Example usage: 'I was wheel surfing the other day and got an extra burst of speed!'

Most used in: Time Trial races and other cycling events.

Most used by: Competitive cyclists and serious Time Trial riders.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Wheelie, Track Standing, Bunnyhop, Manual,

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What is Wheel Surfing in Time Trial Cycling?

Wheel surfing is a technique used in time trial cycling, where the rider rides close to the wheel of the rider in front of them. This technique is used to reduce wind resistance and increase speed. The rider in the back is able to benefit from the drafting effect, or slipstream, of the rider in front.

Wheel surfing is considered an advanced technique, as it requires the rider to maintain a close distance to the rider in front. A novice cyclist may find it difficult to maintain the close distance needed for wheel surfing, and may end up having to brake or swerve to avoid crashing into the rider in front.

The drafting effect that wheel surfing provides can increase a rider's speed by up to 20-30%, depending on the wind conditions. This is why professional cyclists use wheel surfing in time trial races, where every second counts.

Wheel surfing is an important skill to have in time trial cycling, and can help riders achieve better results in their races. It takes practice to be able to do it properly, but the rewards are worth it.

The origins of Wheel Surfing in Time Trial Cycling

Wheel Surfing is a term used in the sport of Time Trial cycling, referring to the technique used by riders to gain an advantage by drafting behind other riders or vehicles. The term was first used in the late 1980s in the United States, and quickly gained popularity in Europe.

The exact origin of the term is unknown, but it is believed to have been coined by American cyclist and coach, Steve Tilford. Tilford was known for his innovative approach to training and racing, and his ability to 'surf' on wheels behind other riders was the inspiration for the term.

Since its introduction, the term has become widely used in the cycling community, and is now used to describe the practice of drafting behind other riders or vehicles in order to gain an advantage in Time Trial races.

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