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Fit Recovery’s Cycling Dictionary:  The Definition of Echelon

Echelon
Noun

ˈeSHəˌlän

In cycling, this is what you do to hide from a mercilous crosswind. 

That second photo is what it looks like when you’re in the right spot.  As you could guess, our wheels are overlapped.  I only ride in an echelon with people I trust because bad things happen when inexperienced cyclists overlap wheels.

On a side note, this is what it looks like to be left in the “gutter”, behind the last cyclist in an echelon.  This is where you ride when you want to be dropped, doomed to ride home alone:

I am “in the gutter” behind the last cyclist in an echelon

DISCLAIMER:  Do not attempt taking photos like this.  Taking these photos took an intense amount of concentration and it was pure luck that they turned out.  I concentrated on riding and not crashing first and just got lucky with the pictures.  There were several factors that went into choosing to take these shots.  Traffic was light, the crosswind was at our backs, and it just kind of worked out – my initial intention was to just stick with the pics taken from behind our small group but the leader slowed down and I just slid into my spot, took the picture and faded back again to put my phone away.  Finally, the three guys I’m riding with are exceptional, seasoned cyclists I have extensive experience riding with.  I knew I could trust them.  Even so, one wrong move, or paying attention to taking a picture before riding my bike could have ended in a nasty crash.  

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