Drafting on your bike explained

On average it can save around 30% of your energy

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Drafting Explained

WorldTour racers never spend more time than necessary in the wind.

Want to go faster longer on your bike? Then it’s time to learn the finer points of drafting. Drafting is one of the key components of cycling and on average saves around 30% of your energy.

Drafting Explained

You effectively have to push air out of the way as you are riding along — unless someone else is doing it for you.

Air resistance is the biggest mechanical component that prevents you from riding faster on a flat road. You effectively have to push air out of the way as you are riding along. Hence, why a tail wind feels so much easier than a head wind.

Drafting Explained

The closer you are the more energy saved.

By sitting behind another rider, or drafting, you are allowing them to push most of the air out of the way for you. How much you benefit from drafting will depend on things such as wind speed, how fast you’re riding, and indeed how close you are riding to the person in front of you.

Drafting Explained

Drafting is one of the key components of cycling and on average saves around 30% of your energy.

Check out this video from our friends at the Global Cycling Network to learn more.

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