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verb, noun

Riding behind another cyclist to reduce wind resistance.

Example usage: I tried windshielding the person in front of me, but they kept speeding up.

Most used in: Flat, windy regions such as coastal areas.

Most used by: Recreational and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: drafting, slipstreaming, sheltering, pacelining,


What is Windshielding in Cycling?

Windshielding is a cycling technique used to reduce wind resistance on a cyclist's body while riding. This technique involves positioning the cyclist's body in an aerodynamic way so that the wind is deflected away from them. This reduces the amount of drag on the cyclist and allows them to ride faster and more efficiently.

Windshielding is especially important when cycling in windy conditions. A study conducted by the University of Colorado found that cyclists who used windshielding techniques experienced an average of 8-10% less drag than cyclists who did not use this technique. This can result in an increase in speed of up to 2-3 km/h.

In addition to providing a speed advantage, windshielding can also help cyclists to conserve energy. By reducing the amount of energy needed to overcome wind resistance, a cyclist can maintain a higher speed over a longer period of time. This can be very beneficial for longer rides or races.

In order to successfully use windshielding techniques, cyclists need to practice proper body positioning. This includes keeping the head low, shoulders back, and torso angled slightly forward. By doing this, cyclists can ensure that they are taking full advantage of the aerodynamic benefits of windshielding.

The Origin of the Term 'Windshielding' in Cycling

The term 'windshielding' was first used in the early 1900s, in the United States, to refer to a cyclist's use of their hands and arms to shield themselves from the wind. It was a common practice for professional cyclists during races and long-distance rides, and was seen as a way to help them maintain their speed and balance in strong headwinds.

The term 'windshielding' was first used in a newspaper article in 1911, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about a race between two cyclists, one of whom used the technique to gain an advantage. The article described the technique as 'using one's arms and hands as a windshield.' Since then, the term has been used in many cycling publications, and even in some modern cycling events.

Today, 'windshielding' is a widely accepted technique for cyclists, and is considered an important skill for racing and long-distance cycling. While it may not be as popular as it once was, it is still seen as an important part of a cyclist's repertoire, and can be used to help maintain balance and control in windy conditions.

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