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  • n. A formation in which riders (especially cycle racers) travel in a line one close behind the other in order to conserve energy by riding in the draft of the riders in front thus enabling the group to travel at a faster rate than any of the riders in the group could do alone.


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  • I dig time trials, yes, but getting into a paceline and hanging on for dear life is fun.

    Thus Beginneth the Season

  • There are SO many people on that ride, it is almost impossible to not get in a paceline most of the route.

    Last Night « PubliCola

  • It must be something, being Riccardo Riccò, lying there in that hospital bed and realizing that you are about as popular with your colleagues as a snot rocket launched from the front of a paceline.

    Friday’s Foaming Rant: To the moon, Riccò!

  • And in terms of paceline roll-out chatter, I'm not sure which is worse: the endless nonsense about "watts;" or, "You smell quite lovely this morning--like lilac with just a hint of fromage du frumunda."

    Archive 2010-09-01

  • And no, I'm not bitter just because I lost my shot at the podium when the paceline I joined turned out to be a bike funeral procession.

    BSNYC Frifun Quiz Day!

  • We are now on the Nogales Highway heading north and motoring like a well-oiled paceline should.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Once we got away from the start at University of Arizona and out onto the quieter roads, we settled into a paceline going slightly uphill with gradients from 1 t0 3%.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The red line betrays that boys will be boys as testosterone pushed us into ever increasing paceline speeds on the highway in.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • I can think of a particular fast-n-angry group ride where a the most likely discharge of pepperspray would be on some new dude who won't close the gap in a paceline.

    Cheese Up, Blows Down: Self-Expression and Self-Defense

  • The next time some Fred screws up the paceline, I'm going to accuse him of being an Ottoman Brigand.

    The More Things Change...: Bicycles in the News


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