Pacelining tips

Think of paceline riding as team riding. It requires cooperation and a lot more than just keeping up. It calls for focused attention, taking responsibility and leading. When riding in a paceline observe the following:

  • Ride to the right − pull off to your left.
  • Ride in a straight line following the rider in front of you.  Do not swerve or brake without warning. Pedal through bumps in the road − do not swerve around them. Don’t panic and jam on your brakes − the bike behind will run right up your rear wheel. Feather your brakes to modulate speed.
  • Always Pedal.  No coasting.  Always pedal down hills.
  • Keep your head up and your eyes scanning up the road as much as possible. Do not get hypnotized by the wheel in front of you. Use your peripheral vision to monitor the wheel in front of yours while you watch the road and riders ahead. You can then better see the paceline slowing or accelerating, as well as traffic lights and stop signs and you will be better prepared to react to any situation.
  • Do not overlap the rear wheel of the bike in front of you.  Keep your wheel in line with the rear wheel in front of you.
  • Keep the same distance between you and the rider in front of you.  If it requires more energy momentarily, expend it.  Don’t create a yo-yo.  It makes it much harder for the folks behind you, if you open a gap.
  • When at the front of the group, pedal smoothly at all times, even down hills. You will need to keep pedaling on the down hills so that the bikes in back of you do not have to brake in order to avoid riding up your rear wheel.
  • When at the front you are the eyes of the paceline. Watch for hazards. Ideally you will see a hazard far enough in advance to move the path of the paceline well clear of it. Call out obstacles or holes in the road as well as your intentions to slow or stop. Every rider in the paceline is depending on you − you at the front of the line. Not every single hole warrants a shout. Call out hazards, don’t call out little bumps. Ride through rough spots by rising slightly off your saddle and pedaling through.
  • When at the front of the paceline and it is time to pull off, maintain the same steady pace.  Move to the side.  When clear of the paceline connect to the back of the line.  Pull in behind the last bike.
  • Stay at the front only for as long as you’re directed, shorter if you are feeling tired. When a rider has pulled off and approaches the back of the group the last rider should call “LAST” so the rider coming back won’t have to chase to get back on.
  • When taking the lead in a paceline do not surge or pick up the overall pace. Maintain the same speed as when drafting. As you take over you will naturally have to put out more effort. Learn to finesse your effort in order to maintain a smooth transition as you take over. If you are tired, make your turn at the front as short as possible. No one has to prove anything at the front.
  • A great group works together! We keep the people together.  We ride at 20.25 instead of 21mph, if everyone can hang together.

Quick tip – Faster level gain in Zwift

How do you level up faster in Zwift? Switch to KMH. By training in kilometers, you can also practice for your European or south American trip! Everyone save the American uses kilometers.

Zwift awards 3 experiences points for every 3 miles. However, they award 2 experience points for every 2 km. Since a kilometer is designed for a consistent basis of units and the mile is not, then there is a discrepancy in this application of experience points.

For every 60 points in mileage, you could have earned 100 points in kilometers.


Gravel/Beach Ride

Marshfield – Gurnet Point Lighthouse Ride (21 miles)DATE: Sunday, September 22, 2019 TIME: 9:00 AM START: Marshfield Town Hall

COFFEE/BATHROOM: Mile 15. Coffee/quiche/egg sandwich at French Memories. There are bathrooms and water near French Memories (I have confirmation from the Harbor Masters’ office that the bathrooms will be open).

CANCELLATION: Rain, heavy fog or an exceptional high tide cancels- will not be rescheduled due to a migration issue.SIGN UP: Please sign up on Strava.

WHO? Open to everyone.You must have a bike capable of riding on a gravel/sand road along with asphalt roads. You should be able to maintain 12 mph on asphalt. Example: hybrid, comfort, cyclecross or mountain bicycle

NO ROAD BIKES as they will not be able to negotiate the gravel/sand road. Speed 12 to 14 mph on the asphalt part of the ride. If you have not signed a SSB waiver, you will be asked to sign one.

QUESTIONS: Please post here or email

RIDE CO-CAPTAINS: Jack Hanratty and Paul Loiselle

Club P2P [Plymouth to Provincetown]

Please register on the Strava page at .

This is the second year that we are rolling the P2P. The date will be 7-13. Buy your ticket from Captain John. We will ride from Plymouth to the boat in Provincetown. Captain John will ferry you and your boat back to Plymouth.

If time allows then you can take an optional shower at the beach in the national seashore (free). We hope to eat at the Lobster Pot after the ride. 
There will be a stop at a point around mile 55 for sandwiches near a general store.

There will be two speed groups. There will be a sag wagon with look cleats ready to roll. One small bag of clothing and a towel will be taken for each rider from Plymouth to Ptown. *Small bag*

Parking is free at the start location. Park towards the end of the parking lot.

Road bikes required. 
Helmets required. 
Must sign SSB club waiver.

20Miles @ 12mph on 6-29-19

Slow riders – 12 to 14 MPH riders only 

The ride will be Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 am starting at the Marshfield Town Hall. This ride is open to 12 to 14 mph riders only. Please come at least 15 minutes early to sign the waiver and prepare your bicycle for the ride. You must have a helmet and be riding a road bicycle. No ebikes will be allowed on this ride.If you have already signed up on Strava, you need to sign up again. I was unable to change it, so I deleted it and started again. If you don’t have Strava, it is not necessary to sign up, please just show up. Signing up gives us an idea of how many maps and que sheets to bring.This route is still being vetted. The ride will take you from the back roads of Marshfield to the back roads of Duxbury, then onto the back roads of Pembroke, back into Marshfield to the Town Hall. I will post the map and que sheet when the vetting is complete. This route was designed specifically for this group ride.The ride should take a little more than two hours. There will be a coffee stop and a separate bathroom stop.Please post questions or comments below or send an email to

Ride will be posted as soon as the route has been thoroughly vetted. David Columbo and Paul will co-captain this ride.

-Everyone “must” wear a helmet 
-Everyone “must” sign a SSB waiver 
-Road bikes only, – No Ebikes 
(At this time, EBikes are allowed with the Marshfield 32 group only)

SSB Hanover 03-23

B/C Group ride

Register at on Strava.

Roll from Route 53 to the coast. Meet at the parking lot behind the Bikeway Building. Bikeway is at 272 Columbia street. Do not park in front of the building. Buy some oil or tire levers from Aaron. Support our local bike shops.

Anticipate average to be 16-18 mph. We will regroup as needed, but try to keep tempo up and wheels rolling.

River Street is repaved. It is smooth as glass. The return now takes the entire section of River Street, which was repaved by the town of Norwell except the bridge owned by MassDOT.

On the way to the coast we roll down the smooth pavement on the big hill in wompatuck and take Wildcat Lane instead of Circuit st and Bowker.

HEAVY RAIN ALWAYS CANCELS ! ! Weather is expected to be nice on Saturday. Let’s have a good ride. We will focus on safe pace-lining.

1) brief safety talk prior to ride 
2) Must sign waiver


P2P will be a supported ride on 07-13-19. This is a Saturday ride. See the strava page for more details. Ride tomorrow! Meet behind the Bikeway in Hanover at 9 AM.

Upcoming rides 03-16-19

Upcoming rides schedule
03-16 Hanover
03-17 Halifax

03-23 Hanover
03-24 Franklin gravel practice

05-12 MV Tour
07-13 P2P

P2P will be a supported ride on 07-13-19. This is a Saturday ride. See the strava page for more details. Ride tomorrow! Meet behind the Bikeway in Hanover at 9 AM.