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Blowing up the pace line
Last Post 04/23/2015 09:12 AM by Mike Shea. 17 Replies.
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vtguy

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04/22/2015 10:22 AM
+1 stronz I spend my workday at the beck and call of customers and colleagues, and the last thing I want to do on a ride is have to accommodate someone else's schedule or fitness goals. Since most of my rides start around 5:00 am, this is seldom an issue. Heal fast, Huck!
SideBySide

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04/22/2015 12:43 PM
I have never ridden with others, but I'd like to sometime just to see how it is. I have ridden with my wife, but then I am trying to go just fast enough that she doesn't drop off or blow up. I doubt I'd fit in well, since the way I ride is not like others I encounter. I go faster downhill, unless there is a sharp curve, and slower uphill.
I have had people draft off me for extended periods, then blast by without a word when we hit a hill, I find that annoying as fck.
Master50

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04/23/2015 09:12 AM
I love pack riding but the group must be the right one. I raced many years ago but that level of fitness is very hard to maintain, crashing has greater consequence, and I am getting old.
Saturdays I do a club ride that has a fairly reasonable pace for the first 1/2 then splits to performance groups. I usually wind up alone at some point. This is my real hard ride and is the main source of going fast.
Sunday I also meet a group, it is a long standing ride with a steady pace and good conversation. We generally resist the temptation to go hard but there are hard parts (climbs). We do occasionally get a rider that wants to make it a race and more times than not we just let them ride away. Some never come back and some just learn to enjoy the pace.
It gets me fit and faster than I would ever get alone. On the occasion where my fitness is great and my speed is good I have caught on to the fast boys and pace lined at 45 KPH for 20 minutes between the climbs. It is so exhilarating but I never make it over the hill at this pace. Just enjoy the high and turn the tunes on to get home. Nap all afternoon.
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