You’ve heard it before. Sometimes I under estimate the power of the peloton. Just like many trapped in water under estimate the powerful force of water.
I completely under estimated the draft going up the climbs tonight. Yes, there is a draft on a hill behind a rider but I often wonder how effective it really is. Well, tonight I found out first hand.
It helped that it was such a large group. I was nestled in the front third or middle of the pack when the first real climb (mind you it was just a hill) was in front of us. I can climb tempo up this hill and do okay by myself, usually around 11-12 mph, which I always find pretty good. When I looked at my bike computer tonight we were doing around 18.5 to 19mph. Amazing! And it felt so great, but I knew it wasn’t me, it was the power of the peloton.
The weather brought the riders out in force tonight. Many had yet to make it to a Monday night ride and this was their first of the season. I hope the ride continues to grow in numbers. The larger the crowd, the easier it is to hold on. And it’s my favorite ride of the week!