At some time, most of us have been passed by a road club – a tight pack of riders, singly or in pairs, blowing through. Some may have been tempted to jump on the back, hanging on to a wheel to be pulled by the draught, keeping an uncommon pace with surprising ease till the rate begins to bite.
Now why can’t we do that? Why do we insist on riding strung out along the road like the ragged end of a road race, rather than keeping in one ot more tight bunches – the racing paceline, which helps pull along the tired or weaker rider. There will be times when a couple want to charge a hill or spin off the front for a short while, but then must accept a wait for the slower group to catch up. Far more efficient to stick together, to let the leader lead the ride and set the pace.
So, time for some back to basics lessons. Find a Guru – Rocco Richardson, stalwart of Willesden CC, Audax organiser, PBP Veteran, sometime Velo Club St Raphael racer. Rocco suggests Hillingdon track – no traffic, open to all on Sunday morning but free to use and a good layout. Located in one the less appealing London suburbs, ringed by unfriendly roads, there would only be one reason for this visit. more »