The wind is an equal opportunity element: It batters everyone, from tough old pros to weekend warriors. Consider a rider pedaling along at a brisk, 20 mph pace in calm conditions. If a headwind of only 10 mph kicks up, the rider's speed drops to 16 mph for the same effort. Forces of nature may be beyond our control, but there are ways to minimize the breeze's smackdown. Here are a few pointers for punching through the wind, plus advice from Dominique Rollin, the Cervelo Test Team pro who won an infamously blustery stage of the 2008 Tour of California.
30 percent are possible, depending on variables such as the size of each rider and the direction and magnitude of the wind. Of course, you need to share the work. Take a 30 second pull on the front before swinging off and letting the next rider in line move through. The quick turnover ensures that fresh legs are doing the grunt work.
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Tuck It sounds obvious enough: If you duck down on the bike, you're less exposed to the wind. But there's more to it than just improved aerodynamics. "By crouching, you get more compact on the bike," says Rollin. "But with your hands on the drops you also have more control when a gust blows at you." In other words, you have a better chance of keeping your bike pointed forward and out of roadside ditches.
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Persevere Just making the effort to suit up and head out into a whipping wind takes willpower, so start with something forgiving. "Don't head straight into the wind just want to go home," says Rollin. "Start on sheltered roads, then return on open roads where you can feel the wind at your back." Rollin also advises staying conservative. "Wind is like a climb: You hit the lower slopes and you get all excited," he says. "If you suddenly turn into the wind, you may feel faster by pushing a bigger gear, but your muscles will fatigue more quickly and you'll end up going slower. To stay efficient, use a smaller gear." And keep Nike Air Max 90 Mens Blue And White
Streamline The more formfitting your clothing, the less energy the wind will sap from you, which is why bike specific clothing is a wiser choice than general outdoor garb. To prevent your jersey or jacket from filling up with air, pull zippers up to your chin.
Keep loose on the bike and be ready to roll with a side gust. When I switched from an aluminum (cannondale) on which I rode over 26,000 miles, to a carbon fiber (trek), I was suddenly bunny hopping sideways because of the composition of the bike and also the design of the new bike. I wasn't prepared for the difference in aluminum and carbon fiber. Had I been on my alum. bike, this wouldn't have even happened, but the light carbon bike handled differently altogether.
blowing from the right, position yourself behind and a little to the left of the rider in front of you. For maximum shelter, fine tune your position by feel. Watch the pros in a spring Classic, and you might see a staggered row of riders spread gutter to gutter clear across the road (yes, closed to traffic) an echelon, one of the sport's most beautiful sights.
it fun, he says: "Ride with friends. You can echelon and play with the wind."
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