It may sound too good to be true, but you can actually ride faster without putting out more effort. And we’re not talking about the strategy of sitting in the draft all day and never taking a pull. That will just make you unpopular with your riding buddies. Instead, try these tricks on your next ride and you’ll see that there are ways to go faster without working harder — or pissing people off.
1. Take your pulls on the climbs. You’ll be going slower, meaning you’ll be battling less wind resistance and you can control the pace.
2. On the flats, take your pulls when there’s a tailwind. Again, you’ll be battling less wind.
3. Get your body in an aero position, lowering your torso and dropping your head. Also, whenever possible forsake baggy, wind catching clothing.
4. Understand where the wind is coming from and position yourself correctly. The best draft is not always directly behind the rider in front of you.
Watch this video to learn more:
Video Courtesy Global Cycling Network