In a paceline, the rider at the front does the most work, because they must cut through the air (the rest of the riders are in the front rider's slipstream). Therefore, riders share the work by taking turns on the front. Exchanging positions in a paceline is known as "rotating". Typically, this "rotation" is performed by the front rider pulling off to the side at the end of their turn on front and drifting back, and then rejoining the group at the back of the paceline. To maintain order and proper function of the paceline, lead riders typically will always swing off to the same side when leaving the front of the line. "Rotating right" means that leading riders pull off to the right when their time at the front is done.megmarc said:In a recent post in this forum by Wingnut, he refers to a problem during a race, which he refers to as "rotating right". I'm doing my first race in about a month and dont want to wreck or cause a wreck, but have no idea what rotating right means. thanks.
megmarc said:In a recent post in this forum by Wingnut, he refers to a problem during a race, which he refers to as "rotating right". I'm doing my first race in about a month and dont want to wreck or cause a wreck, but have no idea what rotating right means. thanks.
bauerb said:in a paceline(peloton, echelon, etc) the riders in front take turns leading. when the rider in front is finished his turn and wants to drop back, he can cut right or left depending on the wind. someone else will need to say which is the correct rotation direction based on wind, as I am also a beginner. my guess is that if wind is coming from right, rotation is left and visa versa
Ask the guys you train with. It is far easier to see it done than explain it in a post without illustrations. You do train with other riders since you plan to race next month?megmarc said:...doing my first race ...have no idea what rotating right means.
JCavilia said:Not quite right. Desirable direction of rotation may depend on several factors, including the wind and road conditions. If the line is on a narrow road and trying to stay to the right to avoid messing with traffic more than necessary, the leader will generally pull off to the left, to keep most of the riders further right most of the time.
If there's a strong crosswind and you have more road to work with, the most desirable shape for the pace line is an "echelon", or diagonal line, in which each succeeding rider is offset to the downwind side, rather than straight behind the next rider, because that's the effective wind direction and the best place to draft.
In that case, the leader usually pulls off to the UPWIND side (e.g., to the right if wind is from the right), because otherwise he'd have to swing much wider to avoid colliding with the riders behind.
If I am pulling off to my right and expect the second rider to come up my left side to take the lead in front I will wiggle my left elbow. Think about overlapping wheels as riders hide from the wind and you should pull off into the wind so you will not take out another riders wheel, generally you should exit the front by moving into the wind. And always think smooth and predictable.megmarc said:...I assume in changing conditions the rotation could change. What generally is considered a signal that you or the lead rider is changing the side of rotation. Mick