"As One"

“As One” Pace Line Riding is when two or more riders travel in a very tight group in the draft of the rider(s) in front of you. Leader of the pace line, create a draft for others. The draft envelope behind a single bicycle can be about six feet long and even more behind a tandem. The closer your front wheel is to the rear wheel of the rider ahead of you, the stronger the draft. Riding in a pace line draft can save 20 to 30% of your energy output. This energy savings is what allows the pace line group to travel at higher speeds. However, if you’re going to ride in a pace line, one of the essential rules is never suddenly slow down or attempt a quit stop! I’m sure you can guess what might happen if someone suddenly stops in a pace line. The lead cyclist expends almost twice as much energy as his teammates by cutting through the air. This effort creates a slipstream that literally drags the rest of the team along in what is known as drafting. It’s not unlike the way the lead duck flies at the apex of a flock of migrating ducks. When the lead cyclist is finally exhausted by his efforts, he falls to the back of the pace line to recover and is replaced by someone else on the team, who continues to push and drive the others with all his might. During the Tour de France, you might have noticed just how closely the members of each cycling team ride together. Each stage, depending upon the team strategy, different teammates may be called upon to get the yellow jersey, and have their time in the spotlight on stage. Together, the members of a cycling team create and sustain speeds unimaginable for an individual cyclist. In fact, a breakaway rider who is even 10 minutes or more ahead in the race can be caught easily by a strong team using this pace-line concept. Lance Armstrong is one of the greatest athletes of our era, but that does not explain how he won an unprecedented number of Tour de France championships. The secret to Lance Armstrong’s success was his ability to form, lead, and be supported by the best team. As a group, Armstrong’s team stuck to its pace line with a discipline that no other team showed, exhausted all who tried to keep up with their blistering pace, and chased down and passed any rivals who dared to launch a challenge. We're all in Pace Lines at work, in our family, and when building our businesses. I hope you can find application for the principles below, as I have, and create or cultivate an "as one" team. Pace Line Principles: 1. The Leader expends twice as much energy as his teammates to make it easier for those racing with him/or her. 2. The Leader (a.k.a., The Puller) creates a “draft envelope” or a pull for the rest of the team. 3. When any member of the pace line slows too much it could prove disastrous for the team. 4. Together, “as one” a team can create and sustain accomplishments unimaginable for an individual alone. 5. Leaders get tired too and may need a teammate to step up so they are pulled by their draft at times. 6. Every teammate is a leader of the teammate behind them. 7. Depending on the stage of the race, it may be your opportunity to stand on stage and have the spotlight. CAP,

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