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  •  Glen, Daily Kos has you to blame (7+ / 0-)

    for inviting me to join your Blogathon for Team 26 and their ride on Washington last spring.

    I'll never forget what you said when it was a half-hour to publish on day 3 and I wrote you to say I had just deleted my diary and had no back up. You asked if I could reassemble it. I said I didn't know but could try. You advised me to take my time.

    An hour late it published, and it remains one of my very best and favorite diaries, which should have been titled, "The Joy and Power of Riding in a Peleton."

    Tweet Pic from Monte Frank -
    Tweet Pic from Monte Frank - "This is how we roll" - Three Team 26 riders supporting each other up a long hill.
    Experienced cyclists at Daily Kos Explain the Joy and Power of Riding in a Peloton

    To my inexperienced eyes, cyclists riding in a peloton always look so strong.

    What I love most about the picture, “This is How we Roll,” that Monte Frank tweeted yesterday is the way it shows the vulnerability of competing with your team. When you rely on your team to help you until you catch your second wind, it's the antithesis of "You're on your own!" In the comments yesterday, experienced cyclists here at Daily Kos interpreted the picture, explaining both the power and the joy of riding in a peloton.

    Dear occupant explained why the picture of cyclists supporting their teammate is his favorite.

    by dear occupant on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 11:47:00 AM PDT

    This ride is inspiring.

    I was a competitive cyclist for 20 years or so and heartened by the first pic showing the 3 riders. That 'hands on' gesture is an old skool cycling tradition.

    The rider on the right is struggling a bit, you can see the pack further ahead at the top of the pic. The second rider is pushing and aiding the first, the third rider is pushing the second. They are a team, they are in this together and that pic couldn't show that devotion any better.

    B R A V O riders!

    Team 26 sets off on Sandy Hook Ride on Washington
    Day 1 - Team 26 Riding in a Peloton
    dear occupant explained the joy and power of riding in a peloton.
    by dear occupant on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 12:16:07 PM PDT

    Peloton riding is a joy and it's also a highly developed skill to properly place yourself to take the wind for the rider behind you, to stay steady to not bump a wheel, to know when to drop back or move to the front sensing when that rider is spent.  There is a power in the peloton.

    When it's done well, there are few feelings better in team sports.

    Day 2 - Team 26 Getting under way
    Day 2 - Team 26 Riding in a Peloton
    Sfbob pointed out that riding in a peloton uses the same strategy that migrating birds use to conserve energy.
    by sfbob on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 01:00:43 PM PDT

    I'm an endurance cyclist rather than a competitive cyclist but I did compete once. At the beginning of my training for that event it was explained to me that pelotons work on the same principle as migrating flocks of birds. Each bird takes turns blocking the wind so that the ones behind it can save their energy; as the lead bird tires it moves to the back to recharge.

    BeninSC explained the physics behind the joy of cycling in a peloton.
    by BeninSC on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 02:14:54 PM PDT

    It is one of the few ways members of our species can personally and directly experience the miracles of fluid dynamics. Riding in a peleton is a special experience, indeed. I have never met any of these guys, but I know them as my brothers, all the same.

    Thank you, dear occupant.

    I model what you taught me that day, to give lots of room and gently nudge a new writer to go ahead and just try...

    Thank you, Glen

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:10:38 PM PDT

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