In this video you'll learn how to draft on a road bike, which is a useful cycling technique.
In this video you will learn how to draft when riding in a group or bunch. Drafting, also known as slipstreaming, is a way of improving aerodynamics when cycling.
Riders align themselves one behind the other to lower wind resistance, either to protect a sprinter before their final dash for the finish line, or to give a tired group member a break.
It is an advanced technique of group cycling that requires practice and there are a few common ground rules to observe to ensure the safety of you and your fellow riders.
See the video How to Ride in A Group for more on this.
Here are a few things to bear in mind when drafting Always respect the road traffic laws of the country you are in.
Communication and proper signalling are very important.
Agree on hand signals or vocal instructions before you ride.
Maintain a safe distance that you feel comfortable with at first.
You can gradually get closer as your confidence grows Never ride directly behind the back wheel of the rider in front but keep slightly to one side of it Never cross a wheel - in other words, your front wheel should never overlap the rear wheel of the rider in front of you in case they they suddenly turn or swerve.
Look ahead - not just at the wheel in front.
Anticipation of the road and possible obstacles is key for safe riding.
To do this, you'll need to keep your eyes at least two to three bikes' lengths in front of you.
Try not to swerve or turn suddenly.
If you do need to move out of position, signal before doing so.
For instance, experienced riders may often take a drink or something to eat without breaking their cadence but if you feel thirsty or in need of an energy boost and aren’t quite as confident, just drop to the back of the bunch to minimise the risk of a collision Bear these tips in mind for some great energy-saving drafting and enjoy your ride!.