Reflecting on last Saturday’s suffer-fest into the headwind going to Kleefeld, I felt uncomfortable about the riders who dropped and the way we broke up. It was a very tough headwind. Everyone would have had a better ride if we’d just stuck together in one group. I know we’ve talked about this ad-nauseum over the years and I hate to be the one to bring it around yet again, but, in the following link are some “rules” copied from the Alter Ego Cycling Clubs “Sunday Ride” guidelines. I think they could be worthwhile considering for us too. I appreciate the comments in these rules about “half-wheeling”. I know the buffeting wind can contribute to this, but there was alot of it going on in our peloton and it made the risk of rubbing wheels rise dramatically. I think that the two leads in a double paceline should always match speeds to the “weaker” of the two riders, not try and force the weaker rider to match the stronger. It causes confusion and uncertainty behind you when you start “half-wheeling” to challenge your partner. Just calm down and ride beside each other. Anyways, you can download these rules from “here”.