The faster I pedaled faster, the faster the cyclist behind me also pedaled. So it was time for plan two, put on the brakes! I have my pride, but sometimes you can't always be speedy Gonzalez, you have to compromise and side step to get what you want. The brakes went on and I slowed down, but still the shadow of the cyclist was on my tail and I just couldn't shake him off.
'To select (a person or a group of people) for a certain purpose.'.
I had been selected, but for what purpose? If you are a fan of sports cycling then you will be well informed about this tactic. In fact, it is even publicised on the internet! Now, I don't want everyone to latch onto this, so make sure you delete your internet history after reading this page. There is a site which tells you what drafting is and even gives you tips on learning to draft another rider..... Here's what they say:
5. Learn to draft another rider!
By sheltering and following closely behind a rider (drafting), you can save up to 30% of your energy! Now that is significant and could be the difference between finishing well and struggling to finish over a tough 100 miles, especially if it’s a windy day! Look to ‘shelter’ at all times on group rides and think about where the wind is coming from to shelter on the right side of the person in front of you. Never just sit in the wind if you can shelter behind someone. The same goes for false flat descents. If you’re a small person and don’t ride them well, find a ‘big boy’ and get down low behind him to get pulled along…yeeehaaa!:-)
So, this guy was stealing my wind, I was his big boy! All the way from the square mile to Arsenal stadium, this sneaky cyclist was on my back. He finally sloped away at a roundabout after about 20 minutes of basking in my slipstream. I thought that he was going to draft me right onto my pannier because of how close he was getting. I was in no mood to give a fellow cyclist a backy!
I felt violated, after all, I didn't invite him to 'shelter' in my wind. I have learnt my lesson and now when I'm out and about on the mean streets, I steer clear of folk who look like drafters. You can tell the sort once it has happened to you. You always remember. Sometimes cars like to draft me, but I'm not always sure why??
Please let me know if you have experienced such a crime too...