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How to explain cycling to your friends

 

The world’s greatest
team sport

Part 1:
Drafting

Cycling isn’t easy. It takes effort. A lot of effort.

Have you ever noticed in a strong wind, all the trees bend and it’s really hard to walk in a straight line? When riding your bike, that’s called wind resistance.

Now imagine there was a big wall between you and the wind. Things would be a lot easier, right?

It’s the exact same idea in cycling.

Here is our guy. He’s our “Leader.”

We all want him to win the race.

But he’s pedaling right into the wind, and it’s really hard work.

Now imagine that the big wall appeared in the form of another cyclist to block the wind.

It’d be a lot easier to pedal. At the same time, our “Leader” is saving energy for use later in the race.

That blocking of the wind
is what we call Drafting ✔

Part 2
Teamwork

Here is our guy. He’s our “Leader.”

We all want him to win the race.

As we learned, when he pedals his bike fast it takes a lot of effort and energy due to the wind. This is wind resistance, and it slows down our Leader.

Now imagine he has a lot of teammates, other cyclists, blocking the wind. We call these guys “Protectors.”

As they line up in front of the leader, they take on more and more of the wind.

The Leader saves more and more energy.

These Protectors help the leader save his energy by letting him Draft off them.

In cycling, this is called Teamwork ✔

Part 3
Winning a 1 Day Race

Here is our guy. He’s our “Leader.”

We all want him to win the race.

He’s racing against other Leaders. He is Drafting off his team to cut down on wind resistance, pedal easier and save energy…

Until the right moment, where he uses all his energy and effort to ride away from the other riders.

And WIN the one day race ✔

Part 4
Winning a Stage Race

Here is our guy. He’s our “Leader.”

We all want him to win the race.

Now imagine that one day race goes for two days or three or even 25 days in a row.

The race goes up mountains, down mountains, past towns, past beaches.

The Protectors have to keep it up, day in and day out…

…so the Leader can be ready to win.

This is how you win a Stage Race.

When you win,
we congratulate our winner with

“Chapeau!”