Riding as part of a group is more sociable and can save you energy during a long ride. For a quick guide to group riding, check out these top-10 tips from British Cycling or watch the below video.
The performance advantage to riding in a group is that several people can share the task of setting a manageable pace as well as sheltering their riding mates from the wind: a technique known as ‘drafting.’
The most efficient formation for a large group is to ride side-by-side in pairs, with riders gradually rotating and sharing their turn on the front. How long your turn is depends a lot on weather conditions and how strong you feel, but 5 minutes is a good starting point.
Riding in close proximity to other riders does carry hazards though, so be sure to give enough space to manoeuvre, don’t overlap the wheel in front and be sure to keep good communication with your riding companions.
Poole Wheelers members run a variety of regular rides for different abilities, so you can build your confidence riding as part of a group.
Check out the British Cycling website for more great videos on cycling skills and techniques. There are special sections for Road , Sportives, Track, Mountain bike, Cyclo-cross, Commuting and leisure.